Chicago Committee Programs 2021

Learn how to join us and participate in our 2021 programs.

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 Pitch Program

ProgrammingThe Chicago Committee is pleased to announce that Rate My Pitch will be held virtually in Spring 2021.  Rate My Pitch is a professional development program for mid- and senior-level associates from Chicago Committee member firms. The program provides instruction and learning for the skills and behaviors required for building successful business relationships. Associate participants are assigned to teams to practice scenarios that mimic real life encounters, from taking a partner/practice group leader to lunch through making a formal pitch to a real panel of in-house counsel in response to a mock RFQ for legal services.

During Sessions I and II, seasoned member firm partners coach participants as they practice the scenarios.  In Session III the associates present their pitch in response to the mock RFQ for legal services before a panel of in-house counsel. Associates are evaluated based on their professional presence, substantive competence, empathy and effective communication.


Corporate CLEs

The Chicago Committee will host CLEs presented by diverse attorneys for corporate legal departments, creating meaningful contract with in-house attorneys.

Associate Board CLE

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

PracticePro Career Conference

The Chicago Committee hosted PracticePro’s Career Conference summer associates at member law firms. The day-long conference included panels and group sessions on how to thrive as a summer associate at a large law firm.

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 2023 Application.

In-House Roundtables Lunches

The Chicago Committee will host roundtable lunch discussions for mid-level and senior level associates with in-house counsels. The associates received insight about business development, client services, and diversity in the legal profession.

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.

The Chicago Committee hosted a series of topical webinars for law firm leaders, partners, associates, and personnel. The programs addressed subjects such as, calls to action for law firms in light of the Black Lives Matter movement and recommendations on how attorneys navigate uncertain times due to the pandemic.

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