2022 Creating Pathways to
Since 1999, MCCA’s annual Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference has been recognized as one of the most comprehensive forums focused on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), talent optimization, inclusive leadership, and management to bolster the recruitment, retention, and promotion of diverse attorneys. Pathways convenes influential general counsel, in-house counsel, firm partners and thought leaders to present and discuss current and thought-provoking issues disrupting and shaping DEI in the legal profession.
As we celebrate our 25th Anniversary, we once again have partnered with our board, members, sponsors and allies to create an immersive 3-day conference for our community. Pathways combines the Pitch Session Network, business development and recruiting workshops, a celebration of our Paula L. Ettelbrick, Rainmakers and Rising Stars honorees and CLEs with live Q&As. Expert panels will address topics such as origination credit, coalition building, performative allyship vs. real advocacy, implementing sustainable DEI strategy, inclusive work culture and more.
Save the date to join us October 17 – 19 in New York City as we gather in-person for the first time in three years with the mission to know better, do better, lead better and change for the better.
Check back soon for registration information, finalized agenda and other updates.
COVID-19 Event Policy
MCCA has adopted a “Vaccination Required” policy for all events. This means that all attendees must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination in order to attend. In addition, masks will be required while indoors except for while eating and for presenters who are actively speaking. MCCA will observe and comply with all local, state and CDC guidelines that are in place at the time of its events and reserves the right to adjust its policy based on those guidelines.
OCTOBER 17-19, 2022
New York Marriott Marquis
New York, NY 10036
Our sponsors and exhibitors are integral to providing participants with a conference that continues to lift the bar. Sponsors of the Pathways Conference have the opportunity to contribute to unique and substantive discussions on diversity, equity and inclusion issues within the legal profession.
You recognize the value of attending the Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference, but how do you convey that message to your manager? With budgetary constraints and increased scrutiny on business travel, gaining approval to attend conferences can sometimes pose a challenge. It is important to demonstrate the benefits of attending in order to justify the expense. Use MCCA’s Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference Justification Toolkit to help you make the ask, prepare for the Pathways Conference, and get the most from our conference and your membership.
Registration & Fees
All payments must be received no later than October 7, 2022, 9:00 PM EDT.
Visa, Mastercard and American Express accepted. Checks are accepted, although card payment is preferred. To ensure your payment is received and processed prior to the event payment deadline, you are strongly encouraged to pay by card.
MCCA Law Firm Members and Corporate Members: Please note as part of your company’s/firm membership benefits you may be entitled to complimentary registration(s) or a discounted member rate.
For complimentary registrations, members must obtain their complimentary registration codes from their organization 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 inquiries regarding registration or membership confirmation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If paying by check, please make checks payable to the “Minority Corporate Counsel Association” and mail them to the following address: 1111 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
CANCELLATIONS & SUBSTITUTIONS
All cancellations MUST be received in writing.
Cancellations received no later than 72 hours prior to the first date of an MCCA conference may, at MCCA’s discretion made on a case-by-case basis, apply a credit in the amount paid for the 2022 Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference towards attendance to MCCA’s 2023 Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference.
There will be NO refunds or credits for cancellations received less than 72 hours prior to the first date of the MCCA conference.
Any approved credits will be processed after the MCCA conference.
An organization may substitute one paid participant for another participant from the same organization.
Cancellations and requests for substitutions must be submitted to email@example.com.
FINANCIAL HARDSHIP POLICY
To apply for the financial hardship scholarship, please click here to complete the application.
This financial hardship policy applies to attorneys from MCCA member organizations, non-member organizations, or attorneys in public service. Attorneys who are unable to afford event registration fees due to financial hardship may petition for registration fee waivers or discounted registration fees. Full scholarships and discounts to attend MCCA’s conference are given priority to pro bono attorneys, judges, law professors, lawyers who work for nonprofit organizations, legal services organizations or government agencies, and unemployed attorneys with financial hardships. MCCA may waive or reduce the registration fee for MCCA conference at their discretion.
MCCA will review applications on a rolling basis. The deadline for the 2022 Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference financial hardship applications is September 9.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Full scholarship or reduced registration fees will not be granted retroactively.
Full scholarship or reduced registration fees are non-transferable from event to event or person to person.
MCCA will not review applications that are not submitted via the official application form.
Any special needs for facilities, visual aids or dietary requirements must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Click here to review the MCCA Conference Registration General Terms and Conditions.
Paul Lancaster Adams
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Paul is a nationally recognized labor and employment lawyer. With a strong in-house and outside counsel background, he brings a unique and practical perspective to issues critical to the modern workplace through counseling, negotiation and litigation. Paul represents employers throughout the U.S. in high-stakes federal and state court employment litigation, class and collective actions and administrative proceedings. He has successfully tried to verdict over 25 matters in federal and state courts and handled numerous arbitrations and mediations. Paul routinely defends clients in investigations by government agencies such as the EEOC, and state equivalents, DOL and NLRB and conducts and oversees internal corporate investigations of discrimination, harassment, fraud, embezzlement and other forms of employment misconduct. He also represents clients in employment related intellectual property matters.
The International Law Office (ILO) named Paul the 2017 and 2019 exclusive winner for Pennsylvania in the Employment Law category for its “Client Choice Awards”, based on feedback provided by more than 2,500 in-house counsel. The recognition focused on Paul’s ability to provide high quality legal representation, strategic thinking and value for services across jurisdictions. Since 2017, he has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Powerful Corporate Employment Lawyers in America” by Lawdragon and Human Resources Executive magazine, and in 2020 was the profile-featured cover page honoree to the publication’s inaugural“500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers”. In 2016 Paul was elected a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He has been listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2014 and further singled out as one of “The Legal 500” nationally. Philly Biz Magazine named Paul a “2016 Executive of the Year” distinguishing him as 1 of 11 individuals “working to make Philadelphia a leader in every sector.” In 2014, Paul was named one of the “Attorneys Who Matter” describing him as one of “the best and brightest minds in the legal field from around the globe” by leading international business ethics think-tank the Ethisphere® Institute.
Paul has served and continues to serve, in firm leadership roles to include, but not limited to, firm-wide Management Committee, Office Managing Shareholder, National/International Client Services Steering Committee and the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee. Through Paul’s leadership, the Philadelphia office was named SmartCEO’s “2015 Law Firm of the Year” and Paul a finalist of the “Industry Practice Attorney of the Year”. Paul has been honored “Pennsylvania Diverse Attorney of the Year” in 2013 by The Legal Intelligencer (oldest law journal in the United States), a “Best Attorney in Philadelphia” by the Philadelphia Inquirer as well as “Top Lawyer in Pennsylvania” by the National Law Journal both since 2014 and Pennsylvania Super Lawyer 2015 to present. Additionally, in 2013 the Philadelphia Business Journal selected him to receive the “Minority Business Leader Executive Award” which distinguishably recognizes top-level corporate executives and advocates who play a strong role in their respective industries and communities.