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MENLO PARK, Calif., June 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert Half Legal, a premier legal staffing and consulting solutions firm, and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), an organization that advances the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys in legal departments and the law firms that serve them, have named Brittany Porter as the Robert Half Legal Scholar and a member of MCCA's Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program, Class of 2018. She has been awarded $10,000 to use toward law school tuition expenses in addition to the opportunity to work with MCCA leaders and mentors as she prepares for her legal career.
Currently enrolled at Pepperdine University School of Law, Porter graduated magna cum laude from Hampton University in Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and minor degrees in political science and leadership studies. She was recognized as a William R. Harvey Leadership Institute Fellow at Hampton University and served as a student executive board chair for the Freddye T. Davy Honors College.
While she was an undergraduate, Porter also worked as an intern with the Congressional Black Caucus for Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24), where she developed a passion for law and educational reform. Prior to enrolling in law school, she was a high school mathematics teacher in Texas for two years.
With aspirations to work in corporate law, Porter was recently elected as president of Pepperdine's Black Law Student Association and vice president of the university's chapter of the National Latina/o Law Student Association. During the past academic year, she helped implement a monthly diversity panel at the law school to stimulate discussion of current legal issues and to prepare students to effectively serve diverse clientele as future attorneys. She was also recently accepted into the Certificate Program at Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.
"Brittany's leadership qualities and dedication to academic excellence will be important assets as she pursues a legal career," said Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal. "We value the opportunity to partner with MCCA to help offset the educational expenses of outstanding law students like Brittany so they can fulfill their professional ambitions."
Jean Lee, MCCA president and CEO, added, "Even at such an early part of her career, Brittany has shown her commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. The Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship is crucial in helping MCCA develop young lawyers at the front end of the pipeline, and we're confident that Brittany will help us in that mission not only by succeeding in her own right, but by helping others along the way."
Open to U.S. citizens interested in a corporate law career, MCCA's Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program provides financial support for first-year law students who are pursuing a juris doctor degree. Program recipients receive a $10,000 award for the first year of law school, with an opportunity to qualify for additional funding in each of the two following years of their law studies. In addition, MCCA offers mentoring opportunities for scholarship recipients and helps place them in paid internship positions with corporate law departments during the summer immediately following successful completion of their first year of law school. Each scholarship recipient also receives ongoing professional development.
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) was founded in 1997 to advocate for the expanded hiring, retention, and promotion of minority attorneys in corporate law departments and the law firms that serve them. MCCA furthers its mission through the collection and dissemination of information about diversity in the legal profession. MCCA takes an inclusive approach to the definition of "diversity." Therefore, its research addresses issues of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, and generational differences which impact the legal profession's workforce. For more information, go to mcca.com.
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SOURCE Robert Half Legal