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Her contributions to the advance- ment of diversity in the legal fi eld include launching many innovative programs, including automated CLE- accreditation scan technology and live broadcast of programs via the MCCA Web site. She also led and developed MCCA’s award-winning research pro- gram, which resulted in the publication of more than a dozen reports off ering best practices for the eff ective recruit- ment, retention, and advancement of diverse attorneys. Veta is an eff ective mentor who

has helped to advance the careers of hundreds of attorneys. MCCA’s Lloyd M. Johnson Jr. Scholarship program, which she launched in 2006, has raised and distributed more than $1.5 million, and has assisted more than 100 law students. Another of her innovations, the KAN-Do! mentoring program, is the fi rst internet-based mentoring model to be designed for use nation- ally in the legal profession. Informally, Veta has met with, counseled, privately

advocated for, and encouraged many other lawyers. Her guidance has helped them to secure opportunities and make connections that, in many instances, led to the positions they hold today. I am a direct benefi ciary of Veta’s

mentoring. She has always been one of my biggest cheerleaders, giving me the opportunity to serve MCCA even when others discounted my age and experience. She encourages me to embrace new challenges—such as writ- ing this column—and often goes out of her way to give me sound advice, like the time she suggested that I under- stand the details of putting together the fi nancial statements that are discussed at each MCCA board meeting. After the recent birth of my fi rst baby, she even supported my decision to work from home two days a week. I know I am not the only one who

has been spoiled by Veta’s dedication and support. She has taken the same generous mentoring approach with all our staff and certainly with other

members of our network. I have written this tribute because,

as many of you know, Veta is taking the position of president and CEO of the Association of Corporate Counsel, a phenomenal organization that has partnered with and supported MCCA over these years. Veta did not know that I was going to write this column in tribute to her. But, on behalf of myself and all of MCCA’s staff and network, I wanted to publicly thank her for her tremendous service to MCCA and to the legal profession. I, for one, am better for having had the opportunity to work for her and I know that others have benefi ted from her leadership and dedication to the mission of MCCA. Congratulations, Veta. Job well done! We wish you the best, always! D&B

Lori L. Garret is MCCA’s vice president and managing director for MCCA’s southeast region. She heads MCCA’s professional development services.


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