Texas Minority Counsel Program's Networking through Service project

Mid-morning on Sept. 3, all attention in Room 205 at Austin’s Woodbridge Elementary was directed to the front of the class, where lawyers Apara Dave and David Urteago stood at the whiteboard answering questions about their profession. Eager students waved their hands in the air, vying for the chance to interact with the special guests.

How long does it take to become a lawyer?
How much money do lawyers make?
Can you represent yourself if you need legal assistance?

Dave, Urteago, and dozens of other lawyer volunteers addressed a variety of student inquiries during the Texas Minority Counsel Program’s Networking through Service project. The event—the first of its kind for TMCP—teamed lawyers up to speak with children at two Austin elementary schools—discussing exactly what lawyers do and sharing about the rule of law. Ultimately, both students and lawyers gained knowledge from the exchange.

“We often talk about networking, and people go to wine receptions and happy hours and cocktail parties, and they don’t get to actually work together or know what the other individual is really like,” said Travis Torrence, co-chair of TMCP. “But when you’re working together on something that you have a common interest on, it’s definitely going to lead to good results. Not only do you get the networking aspect for the attorneys, but you get this pipeline project, which is so crucial to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.”

The Networking through Service project is just a small part of TMCP, which was created in 1993 with the mission of increasing opportunities of minority and women attorneys who provide legal services to corporate and government clients, and to expose those organizations to the legal talent found in the minority and woman community. The 2014 program, which is taking place Sept. 3-5 in Austin, will include CLE sessions, keynotes speakers, and informational interviews.

“This is a conference that people look forward to each year,” Torrence said. “TMCP is more like a community—a very inclusive community.”
 

TMCP Save the Date - Houston

The State Bar of Texas Office of Minority Affairs invites you to a complimentary TMCP networking event on Thursday, July 21, 2011 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to network with other legal professionals in the Houston area. You must RSVP by July 18. Read the full details [PDF].

The mission of the TMCP is to increase opportunities for minority and women attorneys who provide legal services to corporate and government clients, and to expose those organizations to the legal talent found in the minority and woman community.

TMCP counsel of the year award nominations deadline is June 15

The TMCP Corporate Counsel of the Year and Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year awards nomination deadline is June 15, 2011. Visit www.texasbar.com/tmcp for more details and nomination forms.

The Corporate Counsel of the Year Award is presented to the corporate counsel that has done the most to open doors for Texas minority and women attorneys by promoting diversity within their department and/or company, and by consistently hiring minority and/or women attorneys in private practice to perform legal work on behalf of their company.

The Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year Award is presented to the nominee judged by the Selection Committee to have done the most to effectuate the promotion of diversity within the legal profession through hiring, retention and mentoring of minority and women attorneys, partnering with minority and women owned law firms, and involvement with Bar and/or community activities designed to promote diversity within the legal profession.

Reminder: TMCP is next week, Sept. 1-3

Don't forget: the Texas Minority Counsel Program (TMCP) is next Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 1-3, at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas in Dallas, Texas.

The mission of the TMCP is to expand and increase the opportunities for minority and women attorneys to provide legal services for corporate and government clients, and to encourage corporations and government agencies seeking outside counsel to hire and retain minority and women lawyers.

Visit our web page at www.texasbar.com/tmcp for more information and to register today.

Texas Minority Counsel Program (TMCP) set for Sept. 1-3 at Las Colinas

The 18th annual TMCP conference - Sept. 1-3, 2010 - will attract corporations and government agencies wishing to participate in informational interviews with minority and women lawyers. The program will also include a two-track CLE program designed for minority/women lawyers and corporate/government counsel. It will be held at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas.

Click here for the TMCP brochure, sponsor list and interviewing opportunities.