Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship
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 top law schools. Since 2010, 35 percent of the CLDC alumni have returned to Charlotte for either a second-year clerkship or full-time employment.
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, Director and legal counsel at Belk, Inc. and Sanjeev Bhasker, Assistant United States Attorney.
The following law firms and corporations are have participated as CLDC employers:
Alston & Bird, LLP; Bradley LLP; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Gardner Skelton; K&L Gates; Mayer Brown; McGuireWoods, LLP; Moore & Van Allen, PLLC; Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP; Poyner Spruill LLP; Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.; Troutman Sanders, LLP; Atrium Health, Bank of America; Duke Energy Corporation; Ingersoll Rand; 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.