Minority Corporate Counsel Association | November.09.2020
Orrick is honored to receive the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s 2020 Thomas L. Sager Award in recognition of our efforts to drive equality and accelerate change within our profession.
During its virtual Diversity Gala on October 28, MCCA highlighted some of the many ways we’re working to fix systemic inequity, including by engaging our entire team in creating a culture of inclusion and building a diverse pipeline.
In accepting the award, Orrick Chairman Mitch Zuklie observed the intersectionality of the challenges 2020 has brought and the longstanding inequities it has highlighted in our profession and our communities. “Yet, seven months in, we also see green shoots of bolder, more innovative and more sustainable action by leading companies, law firms and other institutions working together – which indicates that this is a different moment.”
We are especially grateful to Orrick Management Committee member, DEI Co-Chair and 2019 MCCA Rainmaker honoree Lorraine McGowen, who has made improving diversity, equity and inclusion at our firm and in our global communities her lifelong mission – and inspired everyone at Orrick to feel ownership, responsibility and commitment to taking it forward together.
Each year, MCCA – a premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research on diversity and inclusion in the corporate legal community – presents the Sager Award to a law firm champion of a more diverse and inclusive workforce. In its 21st year, the award is named after the former DuPont SVP and General Counsel, a widely respected leader in diversity. Orrick was one of three finalists for this year’s award – congratulations to Akin Gump and Gibson Dunn.