The MCCA Diversity Gala, is MCCA’s signature event, honoring those practicing MCCA’s mission and vision and paving the way towards diverse and inclusive workplaces. This event celebrating our resilient community takes place on October 11, 2023 from 6:00PM-10:00PM ET.

Proceeds raised from the Diversity Gala support MCCA’s key research, conferences, and professional development programming, leading to increased advancement of lawyers from underrepresented groups.

MCCA Members: Join us as we honor those advocating for systems-based solutions to improve DEI in our profession. As part of your organization’s membership benefits, you are allotted event registration(s). Registration codes have been provided directly to your organization’s membership point of contact. If you have questions about membership registration codes, please email events@mcca.com.

Check back soon for finalized agenda and other updates.

Please click here for instructions to add events@mcca.com to your Safe Sender List, Address Book or Contacts to receive future communications regarding the Diversity Gala.

Wednesday, October 11, 2023
6:00PM – 10:00PM ET

Agenda details coming soon.

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American Museum of Natural History

New York, NY

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2023 Diversity Gala Sponsorship

Support for the MCCA Diversity Gala is an ideal opportunity for companies or firms to gain visibility and access to over one thousand attendees representing leading companies and firms from across industries at the largest awards program of its kind in the country.

2023 Charlotte E. Ray Honoree

Evan Wolfson

The 2023 Charlotte E. Ray Award will be awarded to Grace E. Speights, Global Leader, Labor & Employment Practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP at the Diversity Gala on October 11, 2023.

Grace E. Speights, global leader of Morgan Lewis’s top-ranked 300+-lawyer Labor & Employment practice, is highly regarded for her path-breaking work in counseling employers on how to navigate the new workplace paradigm in the wake of the #MeToo movement. As a leading trial lawyer, crisis management counselor, and well-respected Black female employment lawyer, Grace is sought out by executives and boards for her expertise and experience in not only investigating workplace misconduct claims, but also examining the very culture of the companies themselves.

2023 Thomas L. Sager Award Finalists

MCCA will recognize three separate Sager Award winners from the following categories: Category 5 firms (more than 650 lawyers), Category 4 (251 – 650 lawyers), and labor and employment (L&E) firms. The 2023 Sager finalists and winners will be recognized on October 11, 2023 at our Diversity Gala.

The top 20 Category 5 finalists in alpha order:

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld 
Arnold & Porter
Barnes & Thornburg 
Covington & Burling 
Debevoise & Plimpton 
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher 
Hogan Lovells
Hunton Andrews Kurth 
Mayer Brown 
Norton Rose Fulbright
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe 
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Perkins Coie 
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman 
Ropes & Gray 
Seyfarth Shaw 
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett 
Winston & Strawn 

The top 20 Category 4 finalists in alpha order:

Allen & Overy
ArentFox Schiff 
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck 
Cravath Swaine and Moore 
Crowell & Moring
Epstein Becker & Green
Fenwick & West 
Fish & Richardson 
Foley Hoag 
Fredrikson & Byron 
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hinshaw and Culbertson 
Holland & Hart 
Lathrop GPM 
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein 
Shook, Hardy & Bacon 
Squire Patton Boggs
Thompson Coburn 
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease 

The top 5 L&E firm finalists in alpha order:

Fisher Phillips
Jackson Lewis
Jackson Walker
Littler Mendelson
Ogletree Deakins

Host Committee Members


WEDNESDAY, October 11, 2023

*Please note the agenda times are in ET. Stay tuned for more details.


06:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Diversity Gala Program

Additional information coming soon.

Registration & Fees

Registration Date:
Early-Bird (Before July 31)
Regular (August 1 - October 10)


Visa, Mastercard, and American Express accepted.

MCCA Law Firm and Corporate Members: Please note as part of your company’s/firm membership benefits you may be entitled to a complimentary registration or a member discount rate for the conference registration.

For member complimentary registrations, members must obtain their complimentary codes from their “Company/Firm” and use them during registration. The complimentary codes should be entered in the discount code field at the Payment Page and members must click “Apply Now” to zero their balance.

For member discount rates to apply, members must select their “Company/Firm” from a drop down labeled “MCCA Law Firm/Corporate Members” during the registration process. The member discount rate will automatically be applied at the Payment page.

For any questions or inquires, please contact membership@mcca.com.


Tickets are non-refundable. If you have paid tickets and are unable to attend the event we will provide a tax letter for your donation upon request. Please email sponsorship@mcca.com for tax letter request and/or questions.


Please advise the Diversity Gala team if you have any special needs for facilities, visual aids or dietary requirements at events@mcca.com.


Click here to review the MCCA Conference Registration General Terms and Conditions.

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