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Minorities in the Profession Committee

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. (Co-Chairs: Jasmine McGhee & Tawanda Foster Artis; Staff Liaison: Holly Morris)

Awards & Recognitions

MIP will celebrate its fifth installment of the Legal Legend of Color Award in conjunction with the 2020 NCBA Annual Meeting in Charlotte on June 26 at 8:30 p.m. Previous honorees include: former Chief Justice Henry E. Frye, James E. “Fergie” Ferguson II, and Justice Cheri Lynn Beasley (2016); Judge Albert Diaz, former Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson, and Professor Irving Joyner (2017); Judge Shirley Fulton, Judge Paul Jones, Glenn Adams, Victor Boone (2018) and Professor Charles Daye, Janice Cole, former legislator H. M. “Mickey” Michaux Jr., Judge Sammie Chess and the late Julius Chambers (2019). Use this form to nominate a Legal Legend for the 2021 installment of honorees.

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