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2021 CMCP “In Session”: A Day to Earn MCLE and Network by Practice Area

January 21, 2021,9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Legal Ethics Game Show: COVID Edition (CLE #1)

Session Details:

January 21, 2021

9:30am – 10:30am

CA MCLE credit: 1.0 Legal Ethics

A lively game show style session engaging the audience in analyzing hypotheticals involving potential ethical issues for in-house and outside counsel.


Melvin Felton, Partner,
Sanders Roberts LLP

Soniya Khemlani, Partner
Walsworth (WFBM, LLP)

Samir Najam, Associate General Counsel
Zynga, Inc.

Javier Rivera, Senior Attorney, Claims & General Litigation
Southern California Edison


Deborah Yoon Jones, Partner
Alston & Bird LLP




Racism Hurts: How We Deal, Heal, and Move Forward (CLE #2)

Session Details:

January 21, 2021

10:45am – 12:00pm

CA MCLE credit: 1.0 Competence Issues

Join for a candid discussion of the health impact of racial bias in the legal sector, frameworks for understanding the impact, and mechanisms for managing on an organizational and individual level.


Genhi Givings Bailey, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Perkins Coie LLP

Jacquesline Walker, Psychotherapist – Founder & CEO
The Well Firm

Christiane Roussell Willis, Senior Vice President, People & Organization,
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Rachael Wilson, JD, LCSW, Psychotherapist and Founder,
Rachael Wilson Therapy


Leila S. Narvid, Partner
Payne & Fears LLP






Doubling Down on Black and Brown: Supporting Black and LatinX Attorneys (CLE #3) 

Session Details:

January 21, 2021

1:00pm – 2:00pm

CA MCLE credit: 1.0 Recognition And Elimination of Bias

Explore why representation of Black and Latinx attorneys continues to lag and how bar associations and affinity groups are serving their communities. A panel of bar leaders will provide candid insights and counsel on building a more inclusive legal sector.


Andrew Houston, Past President, California Association of Black Lawyers, Legal Counsel
University of California Office of the President

Raymond Manzo, President, San Francisco La Raza Lawyers, HNBA Regional President, FTC Investigator,
Federal Trade Commission

Melinda Murray, President, California Association of Black Lawyers,
Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County

John Yslas, HNBA Regional President, Partner,
Seyfarth Shaw LLP


Robert White, Executive Director,
California Minority Counsel Program



CMCP Counsel Connect

Session Details:

January 21, 2021

2:30pm – 4:30pm

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

Legal departments 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. CMCP will designate a facilitator for each table group and provide a discussion outline. All participants will convene for a debrief.

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

Counsel Connect requires a separate registration. For more information, click Counsel Connect Guidelines.

CMCP In Session Pricing:

Law Firm Members: $50

Law Firm Non-Members: $150

Corporate Member: $50

Corporate Non-Member: $100

Counsel Connect by Practice Area


January 21, 2021
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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