New York, NY - Vault.com, the source of ratings, rankings and insight for law students and lawyers, has partnered with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), an advocate for increased diversity in the legal profession, to present the 5th Annual Legal Diversity Career Fair for law students and lateral associates on Friday, July 30, 2010 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.
“The legal profession has come a long way with respect to diversity, but based on Vault’s survey data, there is still more that can be done,” said Claude Sheer, CEO of Vault.com. “The Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair will offer a hands-on insider’s perspective of the progress that top firms are making to increase diversity and to advise minority, women and GLBT law students and associates on their legal career options.”
“MCCA is delighted to partner with Vault to offer this wonderful opportunity for organizations seeking to attract talented, diverse candidates and underscore their commitment to building more inclusive workplaces,” said Veta Richardson, Executive Director of MCCA. “We are enthused that in the midst of a recovering economy, there is such enthusiasm around reaching out to highly-qualified, diverse talent.”
The Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with representatives of over 30 legal employers available to meet with candidates. The event will kick off with a special breakfast where Vault will unveil its 2011 Law Firm Diversity Rankings, the result of its annual Law Firm Associate Survey. Earlier this year, more than 15,000 law firm associates rated their employers on a variety of issues, including diversity with respect to minority, women and GLBT attorneys. Vault representatives will be on hand to reveal these diversity rankings and honor the Top 20 law firms who were the most highly rated by their own associates for their commitment to hiring, retaining and promoting diverse attorneys.
“Vault’s diversity rankings are unique in that it is the law firm associates themselves who rate their employer’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Lawyers are a tough crowd; these firms have cleared a high bar,” noted Brian Dalton, Managing Editor at Vault.com. “According to its own associates, the top firm ‘treats diversity as a priority’ and ‘is not simply following a trend’—and this is reflected in our rankings.”
Following breakfast, candidates will have the opportunity to meet and present their resumes to hiring partners and recruiters from top law firms, government agencies, and corporate law departments during recruiting hall hours, before and after lunch. The career fair is designed for minority, female, GLBT, and candidates with disabilities.
In the midst of networking, candidates will have the opportunity to recharge during a keynote lunch featuring Carolyn B. Lamm, President of the American Bar Association. President Lamm was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in
Morgan Lewis is the Platinum Sponsor for the Legal Diversity Career Fair and lunch. “As we gear up for entry-level hiring, sponsoring the Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair is one of the ways we will continue to make diversity a priority at Morgan Lewis,” said Firm Chair Francis M. Milone. “Our goal is to attract entry level lawyers from diverse backgrounds who have the skills our clients most value, including hard work, responsiveness, problem solving ability, and a commitment to teamwork.”
The event will also offer opportunities for job seekers to obtain resume and cover letter review and advice from Vault Career Experts and access computer terminals to view Vault's Career Insider and Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Database, a fully-searchable online tool featuring comprehensive data on diversity performance at nearly 300 law firms nationwide.
The Legal Diversity Career Fair is held in conjunction with the release of the Vault.com Top 100 Law Firm Rankings on July 20, 2010 [If it’s held in conjunction with the release wouldn’t they both take place at the same time?]. The rankings are considered the “bible” for law students, associates, partners and law firm recruiters, and offer a detailed perspective on the criteria considered by candidates when evaluating law firms. Please contact Jon Minners to gain access to these rankings as they become available.
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association advocates for the expanded hiring, promotion, and retention of minority attorneys in corporate legal departments and the law firms that serve them. MCCA furthers its mission by publishing research on achieving diversity and best practices in the legal profession, honoring innovative diversity programs with its Employer of Choice and Thomas L. Sager awards, and assisting diverse law students through the Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program. MCCA’s work has been recognized with awards from the National Minority Business Council, Inc., the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Gay and Lesbian Law Association, and the Association of Corporate Counsel. Founded in 1997, MCCA is headquartered in