The Diversity Forum highlights the importance of promoting diversity in the legal profession -- in particular, in in-house departments and the firms and companies that provide services to those departments. We present programming that addresses diversity topics, both in terms of career development and best practices for promoting diversity.
The Co-Leaders of the Diversity Forum are:
Constantine Athenas, General Counsel, James G. Davis Construction Corp.
- Stephanie Gilliard, Vice President, Legal Affairs & General Counsel -Virginia,
Colonial Downs Group, LLC
See June 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Statement from ACC NCR President
Tamara Jack, Chief Legal Officer & Chief Financial Officer, LMI
For more information on each of these diversity initiatives listed below, click on the link:
ACC National Capital Region (ACC NCR) once again partnered with local high schools in Maryland and others to support Street Law Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline projects, designed to increase students' knowledge and interest in the law and legal careers.
Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, MD & Prince George’s County Law Day
For the second year, ACC NCR joined ACC Global and the ACC Foundation to serve students at Potomac High School. Last fall, ACC Global and the ACC Foundation hosted a training where member volunteers were introduced to Street Law’s curriculum and lesson plans. Volunteer teams utilized that information to teach classroom sessions in Immigration and Constitutional Law in February and March.
ACC NCR expanded upon the effort this year by organizing a Law Day program for 120 students enrolled in Prince George’s County’s Law Academy and attending five high schools. The program was held on March 22 at Washington, DC offices of chapter sponsor Hogan Lovells. During the program, in-house and law firm attorneys, as well as DC Superior Court Judge Zoe Bush shared insight into their careers, including challenges and highlights, and provided advice on pursuing a career in law as well as demonstrated the many options within the field.
The day ended with select students reporting on what the program meant to them. One student reflected that while she had visited Hogan Lovells offices with her mother, who worked as a Hogan hospitality staff member, for the first time she understood what lawyers do.
Clarksburg High School in Clarksburg, MD
For the last few years, the EchoStar/Hughes Legal Department has collaborated with ACC NCR and its members in a series of classroom sessions teaching students at Clarksburg HS. In our last session, attorneys led four presentations on the topics of Contracts and Advertising.
Clarksburg High School students visited EchoStar/Hughes for an interactive workshop led by member volunteers where students used the skills and knowledge acquired during the classroom visits in mock negotiations and mock trials.