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Minorities in the Profession

Welcome to the Minorities in the Profession Committee

The Minorities in the Profession Committee (MIP) is a committee of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) dedicated to promoting an increased presence of minorities in the legal profession; the ongoing education of minorities in the legal profession; the betterment of life for those minorities in the legal profession; providing the public with quality information regarding issues of concern to minority lawyers; and educating the public about the contributions of North Carolina’s minority lawyers. To this end, the MIP has developed two subcommittees that provide programs and events to promote these purposes.

 

Preparing to Practice Subcommittee

Provides law students with the skills necessary to prepare them for a successful legal career through the following:

  • Attorney-Student Diversity SocialsFacilitates networking and mentorship between law students and practicing attorneys
  • Minority Pre-Law ConferenceOffers valuable information to undergraduate and high school students who are considering a career in the law
  • 1L Summer Associate ProgramProvides corporate legal departments and major law firms in North Carolina with a recruiting vehicle through which to interview and offer summer internship positions to 1L minority law students from each of North Carolina’s law schools
  • ¡Adelante! Moving Forward ProgramTeaches law students the skills necessary to successfully transition from law school into the work force as a well-rounded attorney

Promoting the Practice Subcommittee

Formed to increase practicing minority attorneys’ visibility in the community; foster success for minority attorneys; encourage minority longevity in the legal profession; and increase diversity in the profession.  These goals are achieved, in part, by the following:

  • Minority Corporate Counsel ProgramBrings together in-house counsel with minority attorneys and their law firms to further diversity and inclusion efforts in the legal profession typically through CLE sessions and networking events
  • Attorney Diversity SocialsProvides a networking opportunity for diverse attorneys
  • CLE Panel DiversityEncourages and promotes greater diversity on CLE panels
  • Minority Attorney RecognitionsRaises awareness of recognitions available to attorneys and encourages an increase in minority attorney nominations for same