Celebrating Our Bright Stars
Welcome to our Summer 2017 issue of the Diversity & the Bar.
WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE 11 STELLAR LAWYERS;as our 2017 Class of Rising
Stars. For more than a decade, MCCA has selected a group of lawyers who demonstrate
leadership and commitment to the community by providing pro bono services while
excelling;in their careers.
;This year, MCCA reviewed 189 Rising Star
nominations of some truly amazing lawyers, which
only made our selection of finalists more di;cult.
All 189 nominees are impressive in their own
right.;The 11 lawyers we profiled in this;issue, however, stood
above;the rest because of how they
are breaking barriers in the profession and community, which they
serve. Join MCCA at our Creating
Pathways to Diversity conference
on October 3, as we honor these
individuals and learn for yourself
why they are the rising stars of
;As we celebrate the bright stars
of our future who are breaking
barriers, we also take a closer look
at the corporate boardrooms where many barriers
to entry remain and diversity lags, especially at the
largest companies in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
We examine how the public and private mandates
of increasing gender diversity in;the;boardrooms
have improved women serving on;those;boards.
Perhaps this could be a roadmap for more diversity
and one day the boards truly will be representative
of their employees, consumers and shareholders.
Until then, MCCA will examine how our members in di;erent regions of the U.S. are tackling
barriers to entry and implementing best practices
to improve diversity. We began this exploration
with our first Roadshow in Atlanta on July 13
where a panel of general counsel discussed e;ec-
tive strategies for improving diversity within his
or her legal department and how in-house lawyers
can collaborate with outside counsel to improve
diversity within the region. Each of
our roadshows will tackle di;er-
ent issues germane to the region.
This is one way MCCA is partner-
ing with our members to break
barriers to entry to create a more
diverse and inclusive profession
and make our vision “to make the
next generation of legal leaders
as diverse as the world we live in”
I hope you will enjoy this issue,
check out our new website and
brand, and join MCCA as we cele-
brate the past 20 years and those who have paved
the way for our profession on October 3-4 in New
York City. ;
President & CEO