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MCLE: "If You Build It, They Will Come"

  • The Westin South Coast Plaza (map)

Bringing in a book of business remains one of the biggest and most daunting barriers to partnership for many up and coming diverse attorneys. This is further exacerbated by the fact that the percentage of minorities, for example, continues to be low at big law firms especially at the highest levels. This program aims to help diverse outside counsel bridge that gap. Participants will hear from a number of in-house counsel who will discuss their experience looking for and hiring outside counsel, including outside counsel who happen to be a minority or LGBTQ. Each panelist will share their list of Best Practices on how diverse outside counsel can get their business and keep that business for the long term. Participants will leave with the tools and knowledge they need to develop their own book of business, as members of a new generation of diverse rainmakers.

Joseph Craciun Senior Vice President and General Counsel Money Mailer LLC
Lily Hughes SVP, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary Public Storage
Stacey Jue Assistant General Counsel ABM Industries Incorporated
Manisha Merchant Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Banc of California
Vince M. Verde Office Managing Partner Ogletree Deakins

Serafin Tagarao Associate, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

Thank you to our co-sponsors for their generous support:

  • Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger

  • Constangy Brooks, Smith & Prophete

  • Dykema

  • Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego

  • Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

  • Latham & Watkins

  • National Filipino American Lawyers Association

  • Orange County Asian American Bar Association

  • Philippine American Bar Association

  • Reed Smith

To be a Co-Sponsor or if you have questions: email

5:30 pm Registration and Networking
6:15 pm Panel Discussion and Q&A
7:30 pm Reception

• Outside counsel may enter a drawing for the opportunity to meet with and take an in-house counsel to lunch or dinner. The in-house counsel being “raffled off” will be preselected and may include the panelists as well as other in-house counsel who have volunteered to participate.
• In-house counsel attendees may enter an opportunity drawing for door prizes donated by the sponsors.

Self parking will be discounted with validation. Valet parking is available but not discounted. All ACC attendees will get free parking.

The above activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.0 hour of CLE (including 1.0 hour in Recognition and Elimination of Bias). The ACC-SoCal certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for the approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing MCLE.