CMCP welcomes partnering with member law firms and legal departments to produce online programs or events that meet the member’s strategic diversity goals and advance CMCP’s mission, i.e., promoting professional and business development for attorneys of color. Following are some general guidelines to help produce a well-attended, virtual program/event.
Participating law firms or legal departments must be current dues-paid members. In limited circumstances (see below) speakers may be drawn from a non-member organization.
To organize an event, the participating member organization should submit a proposal including:
Brief description of program (50 words or less)
Proposed speaker or moderator from member organization
CLE category if applicable, ex: Recognition and Elimination of Bias
Proposed dates and times for program. Lead time of at least 3 weeks from initial announcement of program to delivery is preferred. Online programs are generally delivered during business hours, Tuesday – Thursday.
Participants who have questions or are interested in vetting ideas for a program may contact CMCP’s Director of Events and Operations, Lela Woltjer [email protected]
Event Content and Format (CLE)
The event must be consistent with CMCP’s mission of supporting minority business lawyers in law firms. Event content may address substantive law, be law practice related, or support advancing diversity in the legal profession. For example:
A program on current issues relevant to business attorneys, for example dealing with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and/or economic disruption, presented by attorneys of color
A program on building a network and professional development for attorneys of color
CLE on an area of substantive law- such as intellectual property, presented by attorneys of color
Events on racial/ethnic/cultural diversity; for example, diversity in the legal profession generally, or business development advice for women of color
CMCP will consult on potential topics or focus for the event, including drawing on prior CMCP in-person programs. Proposals may be scheduled or asked for revision to ensure a wide range of topics offered over a span of time, i.e. to avoid oversaturation of a topic.
CMCP events are open to attorneys of all backgrounds, at CMCP member and non-member organizations, except when an event is targeted to a specific population, for example a mixer for women of color or a program designed for next generation lawyers.
Participating members may present at least one attorney as a panelist or moderator, but, generally, CMCP requires involvement of lawyers from other CMCP member firms to provide a variety of views on the program matter. CMCP and the host firm will coordinate on recruitment of other speakers (in-house and outside counsel) outside of the organizing member. CMCP favors collaborations including Big Law firms, minority-owned firms, and in-house legal departments. Please secure CMCP consent before extending an invitation to a potential speaker.
Event speakers generally should be attorneys of color at CMCP member organizations (this does not apply to speakers making welcome remarks, typically given by a senior attorney or managing partner). In-house speakers may or may not be attorneys of color. Speaking opportunities are reserved for practicing attorneys rather than consultants or other professionals, except where the consultant may bring a particular expertise or perspective not available from a practicing attorney. CMCP does not pay speaker fees.
Registration and Marketing
CMCP will facilitate online event registration, email the registrants confirmation, process registration event fees (if applicable), and email the registrants a post-event acknowledgement.
Event fees for non-CMCP members may vary.
CMCP will prepare an electronic event flyer to be approved by the organizing member. The organizer should provide a current logo. CMCP will promote the event in the weekly email newsletters (eBulletins), and via relevant social media channels no less than 3 weeks in advance through the event date. The CMCP website will feature a dedicated event page and highlight the event where appropriate throughout the site.
The organizer is encouraged to assist with promoting the event via its marketing channels to its internal/other audiences. The organizer is encouraged to re-cap the event to its employees or network, but CMCP requests the opportunity to review any article to be publicized outside of the firm or its own network.
CMCP will provide periodic registration reports for the event. CMCP will alert the organizer if registration is not on target for projected attendance CMCP will consult with the organizer to determine if the program should be rescheduled, or cancelled. CMCP will be responsible for notifying registrants if the program is rescheduled or cancelled.