The practice of law has changed significantly since I started in 1988. These changes, along with my desire to explore a new platform, resulted in my decision to close my individual law practice and become a member of the Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada law firm.
Butler Snow is based in Ridgeland, Mississippi and is recognized as a leading law firm by many publications. Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business describes Butler Snow as having “enormous power and presence” with a team of attorneys who have achieved national prominence because of “sheer, unambiguous quality.” According to Chambers, Butler Snow clients refer to the firm as “well-known for being successful” and it’s attorneys as “real deal-makers.” Chambers also noted Butler Snow’s ability to deliver to the client “the whole package – intelligence, presence and trial experience.” Butler Snow has been named by Best’s Review as one of 69 law firms “Standing the Test of Time.” National Law Journal has listed Butler Snow as one of twenty law firms on its Midsize Hot List for demonstrating creative, innovative strategies, developing practice areas and recruiting top legal talent. Butler Snow is committed to diversity and I look forward to actively participating in it’s efforts to strengthen that commitment for the benefit of its clients, the firm, the legal community and the public.
During my twenty-three-year career, I have worked on hundreds of cases with, and against, attorneys from Butler Snow and I have observed their legal ability first hand. I am pleased to join this talented group.
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The American Bar Association (ABA) established a program in 1998 to encourage corporations to retain minority lawyers. Initially called the Minority Counsel Demonstration Program, it is now known as the Minority Counsel Program (MCP). The goal of the program has grown to include the promotion of diversity in the legal profession through education and promoting relationships between corporations and lawyers who are ethnically and racially diverse.
Until recently, membership fees for the program were fixed and expensive. Member firms had to fork over a hefty $2500 fee to join the program. This limited the number of participating firms. One of best changes to the program is the creation of a new staggered fee structure. The new fee structure is based on the size of the law firm and ranges from $750 to $2500. Firms with less than three hundred attorneys are eligible to join for $750.
The MCP hosts two annual meetings which include CLE presentations, professional development sessions, networking receptions and roundtable discussions—all of which will include participation by in-house counsel. Previous meetings have been limited to members of the MCP. I have been informed by the ABA that non-member attorneys will now be allowed to attend these events for a registration fee.
I suspect that the Minority Counsel Program will see increased membership and increased participation as a result of the new changes. If implemented with proper planning and defined measurable goals, the changes may provide opportunity for the development of meaningful relationships between ethnically and racially diverse lawyers and corporate representatives who control legal spending. If implemented without measurable goals and objectives, the new enhancements may prove to be little more than a feel good gathering of individuals with good intentions. As for me, I will do all that I can to assist in the program’s success.