A team of Murphy & McGonigle lawyers attended the 2019 Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s (MCCA) Annual Pathways to Diversity Conference, held Oct. 14-16 at the New York Hilton.
The conference featured presentations on the state of diversity in the legal industry, along with interactive workshops and simulated pitch sessions to in-house counsel.
“I found the conference to be one of the best I’ve attended,” said shareholder Michelle Bradford. “Everyone present seemed really interested in getting to know and help each other become successful.”
“The pitch session networking and dinner, in particular, provided the opportunity to foster new connections and relationships,” said shareholder Elizabeth Davis. “I found the tone of the conference was notably collaborative and supportive amongst the attendees.”
A key takeaway for the attendees was that the legal profession has made some progress, but continues to face challenges in achieving greater diversity. “The in-house attorneys whom I met all shared that they find it extremely difficult to find minority talent,” said Elizabeth Del Cid of the New York office.
“It was disappointing, but not surprising to hear that the number of minority partners has not grown significantly,” said Ms. Bradford. “Hopefully, with knowledge comes awareness of what needs to be done to change the situation.”
“The number of in-house counsel and law firms in attendance highlighted the increasing awareness of the importance and need for diversity in the legal profession,” said Ms. Davis. Shareholder Lionel Andre concurred and said that the concentration of diverse legal decision makers attending the MCCA conference provided a valuable opportunity to familiarize in-house counsel with Murphy & McGonigle, its diverse attorneys and its areas of practice.
“Our firm is a long-time member of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, an organization that is really moving the needle on diversity and inclusion in the legal industry,” said Katherine McGrail, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Murphy & McGonigle. “We were thrilled to have significant representation from our firm at the MCCA's marquee annual event, and we are looking forward to continuing to collaborate with this outstanding organization on approaches to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal industry.”
The mission of the MCCA is to advance the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse lawyers in departments and law firms by providing research, best practices, professional development and training; and through pipeline initiatives.