Allstate’s Legal Department, CLO Michele Coleman Mayes Recognized for Commitment to Diversity Outreach

Association of Corporate Counsel Presents Award to Allstate Legal Department for “Outstanding Diversity Efforts” in the In-house Community

Posted: Dec 4, 2009

Washington, D.C. (December 4, 2009) – The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) presented its 2009 “Matthew J. Whitehead, II Diversity Award” to Michele Coleman Mayes, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer, and the Legal Department of The Allstate Corporation.  The event took place in Northbrook, Illinois on Wednesday at the annual Allstate Department of Law and Regulation meeting.  Presented by ACC Deputy General Counsel and Vice President-Legal Resources, James A. Merklinger, the award recognizes a legal department for achieving the highest level of commitment to diversity within the in-house community, and for raising the standards of the corporate law department’s diversity efforts.

“I commend Michele Coleman Mayes and Allstate for their commitment to creating a diverse legal community.  They emphasize with each of their law firms the importance of providing a multicultural workplace environment.  Allstate has also had excellent results partnering with high school students from a wide variety of backgrounds to help them pursue legal careers.  We applaud Michele and Allstate for their remarkable dedication to mentoring the next generation,” said ACC President Frederick J. Krebs.

In 2005, Allstate formed the Allstate/Premier Law Firm Program (PLF) to improve the quality of outside counsel services while reducing its cost and to enhance the department's contribution to the legal profession's diversity efforts. As a continuum, the program held its first PLF Diversity Roundtable Conference in 2006 to give students from the Street Law Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program firsthand insights about the practice of law.  The Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program exposes minority student to careers in law by partnering corporate legal departments with high school law classes.  Working closely with several firms in the PLF, Allstate hosts programs in four regions: Northbrook/Chicago, IL; Northern California; Southern California; and in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Mayes joined The Allstate Corporation in September 2007 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel.  She previously served in leadership positions at Unisys Corporation and Colgate-Palmolive, in addition to Pitney Bowes.

Established in 2000, the “Matthew J. Whitehead, II Diversity Award” is given to corporate legal departments and in-house counsel that have proven dedication towards implementing outstanding diversity programs. Past “Matthew J. Whitehead, II Diversity Award” winners include: Dennis Broderick, Macy’s, Inc. (2008); Minority Corporate Counsel Association (2007); Joe Ryan, Marriott (2006); Rick Palmore, Sara Lee (2005); ACC’s Central Pennsylvania Chapter/Street Law Pipeline Project (2004); Maddie Kleiner, Hilton Hotels (2003); Catherine Lamboley, General Counsel, Shell Oil (2002); Dupont Legal: Tom Sager and Stacey Mobley (2001); and Co-winners: Charting Your Own Course Foundation: Marcia Goffney, Werten Bellamy, and Greg Winfree BellSouth Legal Department, Charles Morgan, General Counsel (2000).

About ACC:
The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is the world’s largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations and other private-sector organizations around the globe.  ACC promotes the common interests of its members, provides resources to help save time, money and effort, contributes to their continuing education and provides a voice on issues of global importance. With more than 25,000 members in over 70 countries, employed by over 10,000 organizations, ACC's community connects its members to the people and resources necessary for both personal and professional growth. By in-house counsel, for in-house counsel®.

About Allstate:
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®" slogan, Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help more than 17 million households insure what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow. Consumers access Allstate insurance products and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada, as well as via and 1-800 Allstate®.

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