CON T E N T S Visit www.mcca.com for the latest information on our events, awards and research.
18 Battling Mental Illness in the Legal Profession
By Lekan Oguntoyinbo
Studies show that lawyers suffer from high rates of depression and
mental illness. A new study by a law professor who battled clinical
depression says law schools can do a better job of talking to future
lawyers about the issue of mental illness within the legal profession.
In an essay in the Journal of Legal Education, Charlotte School of Law
Assistant Professor Brian Clarke argues that law schools too often avoid
dealing with the “the dark side” of being a lawyer. Having a more candid
conversation with students about the challenges of the job can help
them meet and overcome them after they graduate, he says.
22 Promoting Diversity Through Inclusive Leadership
By Bruce N. Hawthorne and Edward S. Harrison
While most general counsel and chief legal officers have acknowledged
the importance of diversity, many have relied on the promotion of
overly general concepts of inclusion and cyclical initiatives to overcome
implicit bias within their departments—with limited success on the
whole. To more effectively advance diversity and inclusion, legal
department leaders should now go further and take direct, systematic,
measurable steps toward building a lasting culture of inclusion.
28 New Opportunities for Diversity in the
By Dianne Hayes
Morgan Stanley has made a strong commitment to diversity and
inclusion and seeks to expand its ranks in its legal and compliance
division, a sometimes overlooked career option with significant growth
trajectory due in part to increased regulations. Find out what tips you
can take away and implement in your legal department.
31 2015 MCCA Rising Stars
By Dianne Hayes
MCCA’s Annual List of Rising Stars proves that the profession has
upcoming talent that may or may not be of a certain age group. From
second careers in the legal profession to the amazing work both inside
the office and in pro bono efforts, the 2015 stars shine brightly.
44 Gateways to Diversity
By Lydia Lum
How general counsel are trying
to diversify the tech industry.