Sponsorships, Memberships and Affiliations
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP's (MLA) commitment to diversity is supported by key outside organizations that promote diversity in the legal profession.
Below is a sample list of organizations, memberships and program affiliations:
- Atlanta Legal Diversity Consortium, Inc. (ALDC)
ALDC is a not-for-profit corporation whose primary focus is to provide skills-based training for lawyers, recent law school graduates and law students through the STAR Lawyer Training Program. Atlanta Partner Tom Wardell is the organization founder and past president. In October 2010, Atlanta partners Joseph Blanco and Charlotte Combre spoke to pre-law students from Morehouse College and Spelman College as part of the organization's "The Panoply of Legal Practice: What Kind of Lawyer Could You Become" presentation. The presentation was designed to give students an opportunity to learn firsthand about the practice of law and included information on corporate, government, entertainment, solo practice, labor and employment and environmental legal services among others.
- California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP)
CMCP is dedicated to the promotion and sustainability of diversity and inclusion in California’s legal profession. The organization develops professional opportunities for attorneys of color and provides business, legal and lay communities access to their talent. MLA has been a member of CMCP for more than 15 years. Our three California offices - Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco - participate each year in CMCP’s annual business conference as sponsors and attendees.
- Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI)
CLI is a nonprofit organization based in Colorado that was created to transform diversity in the legal profession. CLI's mission is to actively recruit, educate and support private and public sector legal organizations in their individual campaigns to create cultures of inclusion. Denver Office Managing Partner Mark Meagher is an active member of CLI and, in 2011, the firm will provide five students with scholarships as a part of the 2011 CLI Diversity Summit.
- Hispanic National Bar Foundation (HNBF)
HNBF provides pipeline programs to inspire and encourage young Latinos to pursue legal careers. The organization provides tools and resources to ensure full and equal opportunity for Hispanics to become leaders in the global legal community, guaranteeing a brighter future for all. MLA's Washington, DC attorneys and summer associates participate annually in the HNBF Mock Trial Program during the Future Latino Leaders Law Camp. The camp also offers students the chance to come to Washington and learn about the college application process, meet influential Latino leaders and tour national monuments and various government agencies.
- Law Firm Diversity Database
MLA is a long-term supporter of the Law Firm Diversity Database. The database was developed in cooperation with Accenture, Bank of America, Microsoft, PPG Industries, Sara Lee and Wal-Mart in support of the Call to Action, an initiative launched by general counsel to advance diversity in the legal profession. Vault paired with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), an organization formed to advance the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys in legal departments to create the database. Using this online tool, MLA can make comparisons of diversity metrics, gauge the firm's progress over the years and measure performance against industry-wide benchmarks .
- Street Law
In 2010, MLA took a major step towards its goal to increase the number of diverse attorneys in law firms by selecting the NALP/Street Law, Inc.'s Legal Diversity Pipeline Program as its own diversity pipeline project. The Street Law program mirrors the firm’s goals by teaching students about the practice of law and legal careers, encouraging them to pursue legal careers and offering support in that pursuit. MLA is excited to be the only law firm in Georgia - and one of only seven law firms across the country - to participate.
- Georgetown University Law Center’s Women of Color Collective (WOCC)
WOCC promotes educational, career and social growth by addressing the specific needs of the female minority students from Georgetown University Law Center. Washington, DC Partner and Litigation Department Chair Tami Azorsky founded this mentoring program in 2004. The program pairs WOCC law students with female attorneys in MLA's Washington, DC office for informal meetings with mentors during the year, student resume review and mock interviews. The firm also sponsors the WOCC Symposium each spring. In October 2010, MLA kicked off its seventh season for the mentoring program with a reception in the Washington, DC office.
"I’ve had the opportunity to get involved with several diversity-related organizations. The firm has encouraged my participation…and helped me hone my business and professional development skills, give back to my own ethnic community, as well as participate more actively in the firm’s diversity initiatives."
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