Since 1999, MCCA’s annual Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference (“Pathways”) 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 attorneys from diverse backgrounds. 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.

Pathways combines the Pitch Session Network, business development workshops, roundtables, a celebration of our Paula L. Ettelbrick, George B. Vashon Innovator, Rainmakers, and Rising Stars honorees, and CLEs with live Q&As. Expert panels will address topics such as origination credit, coalition building, implementing sustainable DEI strategy, and more. 

Join us September 22-25 in Scottsdale, AZ as we gather in person with the mission to know better, do better, lead better, and transform for the better. 

Check back soon for registration information, finalized agenda, and other updates. 

MCCA Members: As part of your organization’s membership benefits, you are allotted event registration(s). Registration codes will be provided directly to your organization’s membership point of contact. If you have questions about membership registration codes, please email events@mcca.com. 

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 Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference.

September 22-25, 2024

Registration details coming soon.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

7575 East Princess Drive
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255

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Lodging

We are now accepting hotel reservations at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princes for the Pathways Conference. 

The room block will close on Friday, August 30.

Reserve a Hotel Room >

2024 Pitch Session Network

MCCA will host the Eighth Annual Pitch Session Network (“PSN”) at the 2024 Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference on September 23-25. PSN allows in-house counsel to connect with diverse law firm partners at majority law firms, diversify their preferred provider portfolios and hold law firms accountable for their diversity efforts. PSN provides a platform for diverse law firm partners and legal service providers to meet privately, make meaningful connections, and build lasting business relationships with corporate legal departments interested in legal services.

EVENT AGENDA

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2024

*Please note the agenda times are in MST. Below is an overview of the conference program. Session titles and descriptions will be updated as they become finalized. To see the types of sessions you can expect, check out the 2023 Pathways program.

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3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION DESK
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5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

KICK-OFF RECEPTION

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2024

*Please note the agenda times are in MST.

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6:30 AM – 7:30 AM

RUN
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7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION DESK
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8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

MCCA’S BLUEPRINT WORKSHOP FOR SELLING & BUYING – A PITCH WORKSHOP FOR OUTSIDE COUNSEL

Through instruction and experiential learning, participants will work together to learn skills and behaviors for building successful business relationships. Outside counsel will have the opportunity to work in teams to develop a formal pitch from a mock RFP for legal services, which will be presented to senior in-house counsel.

This workshop is open to law firm members only and has max capacity of 30 participants. Preference will be given to law firm partners; associates are welcome to apply if their firm is a two tier partner system. In-house members who would like to serve as workshop coaches, assisting law firm participants with their pitches and sharing best practices, are invited to email events@mcca.com.

Non-members will be placed on a waiting list as will any other participants once we reach max capacity. Additional information and workshop materials will be provided to participantss prior to the conference. If you would like to be added to the workshop waitlist, please email events@mcca.com.

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8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

PITCH SESSION NETWORK

MCCA’s Pitch Session Network (“PSN”) provides opportunities for in-house counsel to connect with diverse law firm partners, diversify their service client portfolios, and hold law firms accountable for their diversity efforts. Member law firms, sponsors and legal service providers have the opportunity to meet privately with in-house counsel to pitch the legal services they offer and develop meaningful connections with potential clients. MCCA created PSN to address the lack of diversity at the equity partner-level in law firms.

To learn more about PSN and view FAQs, click here.

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12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

LUNCH
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1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

CLE SESSION 1
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3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

CLE SESSION 2
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4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

CLE SESSION 3
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6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

PITCH SESSION NETWORK DINNER

Pitch Session Network Dinner is by Invite-Only. Your attendance must be confirmed in advance of the dinner.

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9:00 PM – 10:30 PM

NIGHTCAP

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2024

*Please note the agenda times are in MST.

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6:30 AM – 7:30 AM

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7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION DESK
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8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

PITCH SESSION NETWORK

MCCA’s Pitch Session Network (“PSN”) provides opportunities for in-house counsel to connect with diverse law firm partners, diversify their service client portfolios, and hold law firms accountable for their diversity efforts. Member law firms, sponsors and legal service providers have the opportunity to meet privately with in-house counsel to pitch the legal services they offer and develop meaningful connections with potential clients. MCCA created PSN to address the lack of diversity at the equity partner-level in law firms.

To learn more about PSN and view FAQs, click here.

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8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Welcome Remarks, George B. Vashon Award and Rising Stars Award Ceremony
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9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

CLE SESSION 4
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10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

CLE SESSION 5
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12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch & Paula L. Ettelbrick Award and Rainmakers Award Ceremony
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1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

CLE SESSION 6
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3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

CLE SESSION 7
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4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

CLE SESSION 8
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6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

MCCA Dine-A-Rounds

Looking to connect with colleagues during Pathways? Join your fellow attendees for an informal* Dine-A-Round dinner. Connecting in a smaller setting will allow you to benefit from diverse experiences and foster new relationships.

*Attendees must pre-pay for their meal ($225) online during registration in order to attend a Dine-A-Round dinner. Payments are non-refundable. Dine-A-Round pricing encompasses a pre-selected menu, including taxes and gratuity.

The Dine-A-Round event will take place at restaurants within walking distance of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Reservations will be arranged by MCCA and will range in size. Details to follow. The Dine-A-Round event is open to registered Pathways attendees only.

This event is $225 and a separate fee not covered by membership or sponsorship discount codes.

* The deadline to register for Dine-A-Round is September 13, 11:59 PM ET.

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9:00 PM – 10:30 PM

NIGHTCAP

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2024

*Please note the agenda times are in MST.

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6:30 AM – 7:30 AM

RUN
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7:30 AM – 2:30 PM

REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION DESK
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8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

PITCH SESSION NETWORK

MCCA’s Pitch Session Network (“PSN”) provides opportunities for in-house counsel to connect with diverse law firm partners, diversify their service client portfolios, and hold law firms accountable for their diversity efforts. Member law firms, sponsors and legal service providers have the opportunity to meet privately with in-house counsel to pitch the legal services they offer and develop meaningful connections with potential clients. MCCA created PSN to address the lack of diversity at the equity partner-level in law firms.

To learn more about PSN and view FAQs, click here.

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9:00 am – 10:00 am

CLE SESSION 9
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10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

CLE SESSION 10
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12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

CLE SESSION 11
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1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Lunch & Send-Off

Registration & Fees

Registration Date:
Early Bird (before June 30)
Regular (July 1 - August 31)
Late (September 1 - 13)
MEMBERS
IN-HOUSE
$1,000
$1,200
$1,500
MEMBERS
LAW FIRMS
$1,500
$2,000
$2,500
NON-MEMBERS
GOVERNMENT / NON-PROFIT
$1,500
$1,800
$2,000
NON-MEMBERS
IN-HOUSE
$1,500
$1,800
$2,000
NON-MEMBERS
LAW FIRMS
$2,000
$2,500
$3,000
NON-MEMBERS
VENDORS
$2,500
$2,500
$3,000

PAYMENT MESSAGE

All payments must be received no later than September 13, 2024, 11:59 PM ET.

Visa, Mastercard and American Express accepted. 

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’s MCCA relationship point of contact 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 any questions or inquiries regarding registration or membership confirmation, please contact events@mcca.com.

CANCELLATIONS & SUBSTITUTIONS

All cancellations MUST be received in writing and submitted to events@mcca.com.

Cancellation requests received on or before September 13 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. There will be NO refunds received after September 13.

An organization may substitute one paid participant for another participant from the same organization.

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.

Additional Information:

MCCA will review applications on a rolling basis. The deadline for the 2024 Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference financial hardship applications is August 16.

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.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Any special needs for facilities, visual aids or dietary requirements must be sent to events@mcca.com.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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

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