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Notes From the President & CEO


ANYONE WHO IS FAMILIAR WITH FINAN- CIAL MARKETS WILL RECOGNIZE THE TERM, “FLIGHT TO QUALITY.” It describes the behavior of stockholders during challenging fi nancial times. T ey decide to invest their resources more judiciously and therefore select stock off erings which provide the greatest assurance of value and return on their investment. T is term also describes our primary goal for

MCCA in 2012: We will strengthen the considerable range of assets at our disposal to provide—in this era of more cautious deployment of resources—the great- est value to our stakeholders. T ese assets include our CLE and networking


events, which attendees at our recent Pathways confer- ence can attest, provide exposure to superb presenters and high-ranking in-house decision-makers (see addi- tional coverage beginning on page 36). Our oft-cited and in-depth research portfolio, as evidenced by the recently released studies on in-house counsel and “Gen Y” lawyers, is second to none and continues to grow in signifi cance. Attendees at the recent MCCA Diversity Honors Gala, held at a sold-out Lincoln Center in New York City, enjoyed unprecedented networking opportunities and saw Vernon Jordan receive MCCA’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. And, of course, Diversity & the Bar® is the most widely read publication of its kind. Our challenge is to strengthen our assets and link

them together for the benefi t of our corporate and law fi rm stakeholders. Our staff is working hard to develop new programming for both our in-house stakeholders and the members of our newly created Firm Affi liate Network (FAN) that will provide sustained and mea-

Publications Staff

President & CEO Joseph K. West

Founder and Publisher Emeritus Lloyd M. Johnson Jr.

Editor-in-Chief Joshua H. Shields

Publishing Consultants Bill Cox Toni Coleman

Advertising Kevin Buck Lucy M. Jones Alexandra K. Kahl

Design/Art Direction QuadCreative


Jennifer Chen Mahzarine Chinoy David Chu Donna Crook Brandon M. Fitzgerald Lori L. Garrett Jessica Martinez Andrea Pimm Connie Swindell-Harding

Contributing Writers Tom Calarco Angela Dodson Patrick Folliard Lori L. Garrett Kara Mayer Robinson Joshua H. Shields

surable value on diversity and inclusion within their ranks and with their respective stakeholders. We invite you to give us your input on ways you

believe we can be a better, more effi cient, and more valuable part of bringing greater inclusivity to our profession so that we can increase retention and opportunities for advancement for all members of our respective organizations. T at way, we can provide the type of value that will make your fl ight to quality well worth the choice.

T ank you,

JOSEPH K. WEST President & CEO



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