CMCP was formed in 1989 in response to the disparity between the percentage of minorities in the state’s population and legal profession. Since inception, through independent programs and partnerships with other diversity organizations, CMCP has proactively:
- provided direct opportunities for minority attorneys to attain access to business decision-makers and demonstrate their abilities
- assisted corporations, law firms and public agencies in meeting their commitments to increasing the numbers of attorneys of color in their organizations
- assisted corporations and public agencies in increasing their minority attorney outside counsel spend
CMCP has been recognized for its leadership and effectiveness by publications such as The Recorder, The Daily Journal, and Diversity & The Bar, and by industry leaders such the California State Bar and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). In 2002 CMCP was the first recipient of the California State Bar’s Council on Access & Fairness non-profit Diversity Award. CMCP received COAF’s non-profit Diversity Award again in September 2014 in recognition of its accomplishments over 25 years.
In April 2012, CMCP was awarded the David Cunningham Community Service Award by the California Association of Black Lawyers.
In July 2015, CMCP and Kaiser Health Care Foundation received the National Bar Association’s Pinnacle Award for Collaboration, presented as part of the NBA’s Corporate Leadership Forum.