THE BIG "1-0" FOR MCCA!
A special shout-out to great sponsor BNA. Headquartered in the DC area for more than 75 years, BNA is a leading publisher of information and analysis products for professionals in law, tax, business, and government.
10th Anniversary time for the MCCA (it’s become so well known, we’re just using initials, but for those who don’t know: The Minority Corporate Counsel Association), and they did it in style for 800 at the JW Marriott Thursday night. A video tribute honored past recipients of the Mid-Atlantic region’s MCCA “Employers of Choice Award,” and the DC office of Nixon Peabody picked up the prestigious Thomas L. Sager Award in recognition of its diversity efforts.
MCCA head Veta Richardson, center, is flanked by Crowell & Moring’s David Siegel and Jennifer Waters at the pre-dinner VIP reception. Veta masterminded the event but got to take it in from the audience because Simone Wu of XO Communication emceed. Veta’s looking forward to telecommuting to work in August and staying put in a vacation house in White Stone on the Rappahannock (she travels to 50 MCCA events per year). Crowell was a Platinum sponsor of the event—donating $100,000 to the Lloyd M. Johnson Jr. Scholarship Fund, the largest donation from any law firm to date.
Speaking of Lloyd Johnson, the MCCA founder, here he is—above left, together with DuPont Associate General Counsel and MCCA longtime board member Hinton Lucas; GGA Architects’ Thomas Hart; and Director of Advertising of Diversity & the Bar, Andre Sutton. Johnson initially established the MCCA in 1997 as a national organization committed to improving the legal profession, but looking forward, the MCCA’s five year goal is to focus more on diversity training.
Saul Ewing’s Carlos Mateo Paz-Soldan with Jones Day's Alexandria Dominguez, Pam Keith, and Hannah Breshin-Otero. Pam, who’s attended the dinner for five years, is active with Corporate Counsel Women of Color and is busy working on several Verizon arbitrations in the next few months. She is breaking things up a little by jetting to Croatia for a weeklong walking tour. Hannah, a Hispanic Bar Association“Rising Legal Star,” was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her summer is already busy; in addition to her labor and employment work, she’s handling a pro bono asylum case for an El Salvador woman who was the victim of gang persecution.