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  • 2016 - Discover Financial Services (corporate) and Susan E. Dunnings (individual)
  • 2015 - Toyota Legal One (corporate) and Eric C. de los Santos (individual)
  • 2014 - Morgan Stanley Legal and Compliance Division (corporate) and Öykü Api (individual)
  • 2013 - Royal Bank of Canada General Counsel Group
  • 2012 - John E. Page, Golden State Foods
  • 2011 - Laurie N. Robinson, CBS Corporation
  • 2010 - Bruce N. Kuhlik and the Merck & Co. Legal Department

    A complete list of past ACC Matthew J. Whitehead, II Diversity Award recipients can be found 


The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), in partnership with Vault, presents the Law Firm Diversity Database. This database contains valuable benchmarking information about diversity programs at more than 250 major law firms. Access to the database is free.



Click here to download the nomination form. Please submit a completed nomination form along with supporting documentation to Sarah Reilly by May 5, 2017.

The Matthew J. Whitehead, II Diversity Award


The Matthew J. Whitehead, II Diversity Award honors the memory of Matthew J. Whitehead, II, a former ACC board member and former Foundation president from 1992 to 2002, who passed away in April 2002. The award celebrates the life and legacy of a visionary CLO who made diversity a core value of ACC membership, activities, and leadership.

The award recognizes outstanding achievement by a corporate counsel or a corporate legal department in creating a program or initiative that increases awareness of and commitment to corporate legal diversity, and/or the improvement of employment, retention, advancement and career path opportunities for lawyers of diverse constituencies.

Broadening the reach and impact of in-house counsel

ACC has a longstanding commitment to and leadership in promoting and working with members to increase the diversity of our profession. We help members find diversity initiatives that create meaningful opportunities for departments to improve their own diversity, and offer resources to help them better advise their companies on diversity-related initiatives. We help in-house counsel leverage diversity in their law firm and supplier networks as well.


The Minority Corporate Counsel Association and ACC have a long history together. Since MCCA was founded, we've shared many leaders and staff. MCCA is our partner in general diversity outreach, providing the best in diversity thought leadership, education and promotion.

Find out more about MCCA events, resources, networks and projects (including those we co-sponsor, serving women CLOs and CLOs of color in the Fortune 500) by contacting MCCA's Vice President of Membership, David Chu.


High school students in multi-racial communities often lack opportunities to learn about the legal profession, connect with lawyers and develop a positive impression of the legal system. As a result, they don't aspire to be lawyers – yet a more diverse legal profession would benefit everyone.

ACC developed a pipeline program with Street Law that targets diverse high school students and offers them positive contact with corporate lawyers and insight into the challenging and engaging work that we do. Lawyers teach corporate law classes in the schools, and students attend programming or activities at corporate headquarters or other venues sponsored by counsels' employers. Many students go on to internships or other opportunities that extend mentoring relationships beyond the classroom; this helps to make a career in law a very real possibility.

Read about DuPont's work with Street Law at the Howard High School of Technology in an article in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.


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