CMCP Membership Dues Restructure 2020


  • CMCP has restructured its dues model to allow us to continue to expand as well as increase benefits to members in terms of conferences, resources, programs and events supporting minority lawyers.  We have steadily increased our expansion in these areas over the last several years and require sufficient revenue in order to sustain or increase this growth.

  • CMCP’s last recorded increase in membership fees was in 2005. Most membership organizations increase their membership fees by an average of 2-3% per year. Like any California business or nonprofit organization, CMCP’s operating expenses, such as rent, though carefully managed, have increased steadily. Meanwhile revenue from membership dues, which support operations throughout the year, have been stable but have not grown at the same rate as expenses.

  • CMCP membership continues to be priced lower than other legal diversity organizations.

  • CMCP’s composition of legal departments, Big Law, small and minority-owned law firms combined with a California focus offers members in all categories unique opportunities for access to peers and prospective business partners in one place, frequently in environments which encourage meaningful relationship-building. No other California organization offers this value proposition, and those who offer some of these benefits do so at a higher cost.


  • More programs in more locations which begets:
  • more useful and up-to-date content on professional and business development, and diversity
  • more networking opportunities to access potential clients and expand network of peers
  • more speaking opportunities
  • more opportunities for meaningful engagement with CMCP, e.g. CMCP Ambassadors Council for next generation lawyers, Newsletter Committee and Conference Planning Committee
  • New initiatives, programming and resources. For example:
  • more programs supporting minority in-house attorneys
  • more programs and resources for minority attorneys at critical stages of their careers, especially in early years at firms or in-house, and in the years after becoming partner

  • an initiative to specifically address minority associate retention issues at law firms
Membership TypeAnnual Dues Rate
Corporation 51+ attorneys$5,000
Corporation 11 – 50 attorneys$3,500
Corporation 1 – 10 attorneys$1,000
Public Agency$1,500
Individual at Public Agency Legal Department$250
Individual at Corporate Legal Department$250
Law Firm 151+ attorneys$6,000
Law Firm 51 – 150 attorneys$4,500
Law Firm 11 – 50 attorneys$3,000
Law Firm 2 – 10 attorneys$1000
Law Firm – Solo Practitioner$500
Individual – at Law Firm (maximum 2 per firm)$500
SERVICE PROVIDER2 (litigation services, consultants, vendors, etc.)
Service Provider 151 + Providers$6,000
Service Provider 51-150 Providers$4,500
Service Provider 11-50 Providers$3,000
Service Provider 2-10 Providers$1,000
Service Provider Solo$500
  1. A Minority-Owned Law Firm is one in which at least 51% of the partners/shareholders/owners are attorneys of color.
  2. Beginning in January 2020, dues for all firms are determined by number of attorneys. Membership dues of firms with 1-10 attorneys are $1,000 effective January 2020.
  3. Law firms with 1-10 attorneys that are not Minority-Owned Firms are considered Small Majority-Owned Firms; dues are $500 in 2019 and $1,000 in 2020.
  4. Dues for Service Providers parallel that for law firms; the dues rate is based on number of professionals (recruiters, consultants, mediators or other non-administrative staff) instead of by number of attorneys.