Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship
|2021 Participating Employers|
Established in 2006, the Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship (CLDC) program operates with one basic goal—to improve diversity in the Mecklenburg County Bar by attracting top first-year law students with diverse backgrounds to Charlotte through corporate and law firm summer internships. To date, the CLDC program has hosted 121 students from law schools from around the country. The CLDC program has a strong Charlotte alumni base and continues to grow each year by clerks either returning for 2L summer employment opportunities or as full-time attorneys.
The CLDC is a program of Mecklenburg County Bar's (MCB) Diversity & Inclusion Committee and is overseen by the CLDC Subcommittee. The current chairs are Alysja Carlisle, Senior Director and legal counsel at Belk, Inc. and Christina Garrett, CLDC Class of 2014 and associate attorney at Alston & Bird, LLP.
The following law firms and corporations have participated as CLDC employers:
Firms: Alston & Bird, LLP; Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Gardner Skelton PLLC; Johnston Allison & Hord LLP; K&L Gates; Mayer Brown; McGuireWoods, LLP; Moore & Van Allen, PLLC; Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP; Poyner Spruill LLP; Robinson Bradshaw; Troutman Pepper and Winston & Strawn LLP;
Corporations: Atrium Health; Bank of America; Duke Energy Corporation; Honeywell; Husqvarna; Ingersoll Rand; Novant Health; Passport, Inc.; SPX Corporation and Wells Fargo & Company.
CLDC Clerks are selected from across the country as part of a very competitive selection process. Each applicant provides a resume highlighting legal and undergraduate academic achievements and other professional experiences and grades, along with a statement explaining how the applicant would contribute to creating a more diverse legal community in Charlotte. The initial applicant pool is then narrowed down and interviewed by representatives from the CLDC firms and corporations. The highly qualified candidates undergo a half day of interviews and attend a candidate reception with representatives from the law firms, legal departments and CLDC alumni. From there, the clerks selected then become part of the Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship program.