The GCMCP organizes and hosts quarterly CLE programs, which are complimentary for all members and their employees. The CLEs most often feature expert minority lawyers from member law firms speaking on a wide range of cutting edge issues. Recent programs have focused on labor and employment issues, career development and social media issues. The CLE programs are held throughout the Greater Cincinnati area to encourage member attendance. Non-members are welcome to attend CLE programs for a modest fee.
The GCMCP Gazette is a quarterly newsletter written and published by GCMCP members to keep members informed of issues, past and future GCMCP programs and highlight the many achievements of lawyers at GCMCP member organizations. The most recent editions of the GCMCP Gazette can be found on our Resources page.
As part of GCMCP’s commitment to improving diversity and inclusiveness in the Greater Cincinnati Legal community, GCMCP periodically hosts and participates in a wide range of programs with diverse law students at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. Recent programs have included wine tastings, GCMCP members serving as panelists on student organized programs and GCMCP hiring a student intern to assist with various GCMCP marketing and administrative projects.
The GCMCP Leaders Forum luncheon is an invitation only series of programs where general counsels, managing partners of member firms and other leaders in the Cincinnati legal community discuss opportunities and strategies to improve the diversity and inclusiveness of the Cincinnati legal community. The forums also highlight GCMCP’s role in the legal community, offer attendees a chance to consider membership in GCMCP, share best practices, and use GCMCP to help member organizations meet their respective diversity commitments.
Gary Sasso, President & CEO of Carlton Fields, spoke at the May 10, 2012, forum on “Diversity in Everything.” Carlton Fields is a 300 lawyer firm with offices throughout Florida and an office in Atlanta. Under Gary’s leadership, Carlton Fields has been named as the Most Diverse Firm in the United States by Vault.com and received a perfect score on the national Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index in each of the last 3 years.
Robert J Grey, Jr., Executive Director of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and former partner with Hunton & Williams LLP, spoke on August 17, 2011. Mr. Grey was the first African American to be an officer in the American Bar Association, serving as Chair of the ABA House of Delegates and later as President of the ABA. During his term as president of the ABA he worked for better justice through better juries via the American Jury Initiative. In 2010, Mr. Grey was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate to the Board of the Legal Services Corporation.
GCMCP members are committed to helping today’s diverse high school, college and law school students learn more about and prepare for a legal career. GCMCP currently supports a variety law pipeline programs including the Law and Leadership Institute (LLI) at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati’s Student Work Experience in the Law (SWEL) and programs organized by the Career Services Office at the UC College of Law and the Career Development Office at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law.