Increasing diversity in the legal profession virtual conference



The Mecklenburg County Bar hosted the 14th annual Increasing Diversity in the Legal Profession Conference on Saturday, March 20, 2021, from 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Conference is FREE for registrants and provides diverse high school and undergraduate students who are interested in the law with an opportunity to be exposed to law schools representatives, law students, attorneys and local judges. 

The one-day conference is designed to encourage diverse students to explore a career in the legal profession. The conference included panels with North and South Carolina law school admissions counselors, law students, and local attorneys. Students learned about the various stages on the path to becoming a lawyer through discussion panels on getting into law school, getting through law school, and the role legal professionals play in society. In addition, students had the opportunity to speak to representatives from minority bar associations such as the John S. Leary Association for Black Attorneys and the Charlotte Asian Pacific Bar Association. Representatives from various law schools were in attendance to provide admissions materials and information to the students. 

This year's keynote speaker was Hon. Albert Diaz, United States Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Judge Diaz is the first Hispanic judge to serve on the Fourth Circuit and was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009. Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeals, Diaz was a North Carolina state superior court judge and an appellate judge for the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals.

Please send all questions to or contact the Mecklenburg County Bar’s Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, Angelica Gumucio at



MCB Members Erin K. Taylor and Michael Littlejohn spoke with WBTV News on December 20, 2017 about the 2017 Diversity Day Conference