History and Heritage
The Matthew J. Whitehead, II Diversity Award
The Matthew J. Whitehead, II Diversity Award honors the memory of Matthew J. Whitehead, II, a former ACC board member and former Foundation president from 1992 to 2002, who passed away in April 2002. The award celebrates the life and legacy of a visionary CLO who made diversity a core value of ACC membership, activities, and leadership.
The award recognizes outstanding achievement by a corporate counsel or a corporate legal department in creating a program or initiative that increases awareness of and commitment to corporate legal diversity, and/or the improvement of employment, retention, advancement and career path opportunities for lawyers of diverse constituencies.
Broadening the reach and impact of in-house counsel
ACC has a longstanding commitment to and leadership in promoting and working with members to increase the diversity of our profession. We help members find diversity initiatives that create meaningful opportunities for departments to improve their own diversity, and offer resources to help them better advise their companies on diversity-related initiatives. We help in-house counsel leverage diversity in their law firm and supplier networks as well.
MCCA AND ACC
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association and ACC have a long history together. Since MCCA was founded, we've shared many leaders and staff. MCCA is our partner in general diversity outreach, providing the best in diversity thought leadership, education and promotion.
Find out more about MCCA events, resources, networks and projects (including those we co-sponsor, serving women CLOs and CLOs of color in the Fortune 500) by contacting MCCA's Vice President of Membership, David Chu.
STREET LAW, INC.
High school students in multi-racial communities often lack opportunities to learn about the legal profession, connect with lawyers and develop a positive impression of the legal system. As a result, they don't aspire to be lawyers – yet a more diverse legal profession would benefit everyone.
ACC developed a pipeline program with Street Law that targets diverse high school students and offers them positive contact with corporate lawyers and insight into the challenging and engaging work that we do. Lawyers teach corporate law classes in the schools, and students attend programming or activities at corporate headquarters or other venues sponsored by counsels' employers. Many students go on to internships or other opportunities that extend mentoring relationships beyond the classroom; this helps to make a career in law a very real possibility.
Read about DuPont's work with Street Law at the Howard High School of Technology in an article in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.
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