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MCB Charlotte-Mecklenburg General Counsel

and Managing Partners' Diversity Initiative

Diversity Initiative


General Counsel, managing partners and community stakeholders of the Diversity Initiative attend the 2009 Annual Meeting of Signatories hosted by Duke Energy Corporation.


Since its inception in 2004, the MCB Charlotte-Mecklenburg General Counsel and Managing Partners' Diversity Initiative (Diversity Initiative) has focused on increasing diversity within local law firms and legal departments. The program asks legal organizations to individually and collectively commit to practices that will benefit the demographic make-up of our local legal community.


Participating firms and legal departments in the program, also known as signatories, have voluntarily signed the MCB Call to Action (pdf) - a public pledge to create a more diverse community of lawyers.  In signing this Call to Action signatories commit to the following overarching goals:


  • Signatories will recruit, hire, train and retain minority law students and/or attorneys who meet their requisite hiring and/or partnership admission criteria, and invite such individuals to join the organizations leadership.

  • Signatories will establish an effective mentoring program to promote retention of all attorneys and to facilitate promotion of successful law firm careers.

  • Signatories will work to create and/or support a mechanism as part of its management structure, whose focus shall be to promote, foster, and enhance diversity efforts.

  • The leadership of each signatory law department of law firm and all of their employed attorneys should be encouraged to participate in sensitivity and diversity training programs.

  • Each signatory should create marketing and/or recruiting pieces highlighting a concern for and commitment to diversity.


Signatories to the MCB Charlotte-Mecklenburg General Counsel and
Managing Partners' Diversity Initiative


Alston + Bird LLP

Bank of America

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Charlotte City Attorneys Office

Compass Group USA, Inc.

Duke Energy Corporation

Goodrich Corporation

Hamilton Moon Stephens Steele & Martin PLLC

Hunton & Williams LLP

James, McElroy & Diehl PA

Johnston, Allison & Hord PA

K & L Gates

King & Spalding LLP

Littler Mendelson PC

Mayer Brown

McGuireWoods LLP

Moore & Van Allen PLLC

Nelson, Mullins, Scarborough & Riley LLP

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA

Ruff, Bond, Cobb, Wade & Bethune LLP


Wells Fargo Corporation

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice


If your organization is interested in joining as a Diversity Initiative signatories please contact:

George Hanna at,  Rob Harrington at or Felicia Washington at


For more information on becoming a signatory please contact Maya Madura Engle at



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