Chicago Committee Programs 2024

Learn how to join us and participate in our 2024 programs.

Rainmaker Insights

The Chicago Committee will host roundtable discussions with successful, rainmaker partners sharing insights about their business development and path through partnership with other partners.

One Year Later

As a follow up to our program, The Reverberations: Weighing the Impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Decision, we will look at what has transpired a year after the decision. The program will include a review of related cases and best practices for diversity, equity, and inclusion programs for private employers.

Linking Leaders

As a resource for leaders at member law firms, the Chicago Committee will develop a group for managing partners, executive committee members, office managing partners, and practice group leaders to share ideas and experiences.

Chicago Committee Connect

To provide more updates and outreach to our member firms, the Chicago Committee will host meetings for member firm DEI contacts. The meetings will also give an opportunity for the member firms to provide ideas and feedback.

Mentorship Academy

The Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms and Lane Vanderslice will host their innovative program, Mentorship Academy, in 2023! Developed in 2017, this program brings together law firm partners and associates at different firms and years of practice for a meaningful approach to relationship building and mentoring.

Lane Vanderslice, Coach and Consultant at Volta Talent Strategies LLC, will lead this curriculum and coaching based approach to building the foundation for successful mentoring relationships with mid-level and senior associates, junior partners, and senior partners. The program will begin at the end of January 2023 and continue throughout the year. Mentorship Academy will be limited to attorneys at Chicago Committee member firms who have been practicing for three or more years. For more information, click here.

Associate Board Boot Camp

The Associate Board of Directors will host their annual Junior Associate Boot Camp. This one day event will include panel discussions with senior associates and partners from prominent Chicago law firms, the program will discuss topics such as navigating law firm life, mentorship, and professional development. 

Rate My RFP


Rate My RFP will connect law firm attorneys and in-house counsel for business development and client relationship skill building. Law firm attorneys will work as teams to respond to a request for proposal from a corporate legal department involving a mock scenario, and a panel of in-house counsel will review the written and oral RFP responses, provide feedback, and award the most effective submissions. We invite member firm associates to junior partners to apply for this innovative, practical program. Teams will be assigned based on the attorneys’ practice areas. The teams will work with law firm partner and in-house counsel coaches. Program winners will be invited to meet with in-house counsel judges after the program. To apply, please submit your law firm profile and resume to [email protected] by April 21, 2023.

Rate My RFP Invitation 2023

Associate Board CLE

The Associate Board annually presents a unique CLE program on a diversity and inclusion related, professional development topic.

Summer Soiree

The Chicago Committee hosted its annual Summer Soiree to introduce summer associates to the Chicago Committee and the legal community. Attorneys and law students enjoyed a night of networking and celebrating diversity in the legal profession.


The Chicago Committee and DePaul University College of Law partnered to host LegalTrek, a summer program for diverse, undergraduate students interested in the legal profession. During six class sessions, the students learned about different practice areas, the law school application process, and LSAT prep. They also participated in mock negotiations, a mock trial, and visited Chapman and Cutler LLP and the federal courthouse. Attorneys volunteered as mentors and coaches for the program. Click here for more information and the 2024 Application.

Diverse Associates and In-House Counsel Bash

The Associate Board this annual, lively event for associates and in-house counsel. The reception provides an opportunity for the attorneys to meet and network.

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