CMCP Counsel Connect creates an opportunity for in-house counsel and counsel from law firms practicing in the same area of substantive law to meet in small groups to discuss their practice area and explore efforts to drive diversity in the legal sector.

January 21, 2021 (Virtual)

2:30 pm – 2:35 pm – Welcome and Orientation
2:35 pm – 3:20 pm – Round One Practice Area Group Meetings
3:35 pm – 4:20 pm – Round Two Practice Area Group Meetings
4:20 pm – 4:30 pm – Practice Area Groups Debrief


Legal department attorneys will be assigned a discussion groups in their respective practice area (2 legal department attorneys from the same or different companies per group.) CMCP will match (see Matching) law firm attorneys in the same practice area (maximum 2 law firm attorneys per firm.)

Each group will discuss one practice area including two (2) legal department attorneys and six (6) law firm attorneys for a discussion group of 8 total participants per practice area (practice areas may have multiple discussion groups.)

The practice area group discussion will begin with in-house counsel providing a brief description of their business needs and outside counsel hiring practices, followed by brief introductions from outside counsel on their expertise.  The group discussion will move to an open conversation on business and diversity, that may explore:

  • Diversity of attorneys in the practice area and how legal departments and law firms are addressing the challenges
  • Impact of the pandemic and economy on the practice area, and
  • How outside counsel can best service clients and how clients can most effectively utilize outside counsel.

After a brief break, the second round of practice area groups will meet followed by a debrief of all group participants.

This unique opportunity to speak with practice area peers and discuss diversity offers a valuable program to kick-off 2021.

Registration is Closed
  • Jan 18 – Practice Area Group Assignments Announced

  • Jan 21 – Counsel Connect Live


Law Firm Attorneys

$100per attorney

Legal Department Attorneys



  • Agilent Technologies, Inc.
  • eBay Inc.
  • Facebook, Inc.
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • HP Inc.
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
  • PayPal, Inc.
  • Snap Inc.
  • Southern California Edison Company
  • University of California Office of the General Counsel
  • Verizon
  • Verizon Media
  • Zynga Inc.


Bankruptcy – Commercial IP – Patent Licensing Privacy & Data Security – Counseling
Business Litigation – General IP – Patent Litigation Privacy & Data Security – Litigation
Employment – Counseling/Investigations IP – TM/Copyright/Trade Secrets Litigation Real Estate – Leasing & Financing Transactions
Employment – General Litigation IP – Technology Licensing and Transactions Real Estate – Litigation
Employment – Wage & Hour Mergers & Acquisitions White Collar Criminal Defense & Government Investigations
Entertainment Personal Injury/Tort Litigation


Legal department attorneys are invited to participate in groups based on practice areas. Law firm attorneys will be assigned to groups for each round based on (3) availability of openings, (2) practice areas selected on the registration form, and (1) time of registration, first come first served,. No more than two attorneys from the same a company or law firm will be included in a discussion group.
Practice Area Group assignments will be announced by Monday, January 18, 2021.
Practice Area Group assignments are non-transferable. If a law firm attorney is unable to be assigned to at least one practice area group, the law firm attorney will be notified, and the registration canceled.
Registration: Registration of legal department attorneys by invitation. To learn more, email Registration for law firms opens Tuesday, December 22, 2020, and closes Monday, January 11, 2021. Registration fees are not refundable except as noted (see Matching.)

Legal department: Complimentary
Law firm $100 per attorney.

See Guidelines.
Registration Deadline: LAW FIRM: Monday, JANUARY 11, 2021.

Registration is Closed