How the KAN-Do Initiative Is Helping Law Students Break Barriers
Yette, Maya, Black Enterprise
MINORITIES REPRESENT 21.6% OF LAW SCHOOL STUDENTS, and enrollment is increasing.
Despite increased enrollment in jurist doctorate programs nationwide, minority representation in the legal profession is significantly lower than in other professions. Only about one partner in 20 is a minority, according to a 2007 report from The Minority Law Journal.
Since 2001, Veta Richardson has been executive director of the MCCA, a legal association founded in 1997 to advance diversity in the legal profession. Under Richardson's leadership, MCCA (www.mcca.com) has expanded its focus to include education, and networking as well as providing $380,000 annually to minority law students. Now in its fourth year: the program has served 72 students thus far.
MCCA's approach to advancing diversity is called KAN-Do! KAN stands for knowledge, access, networks. How can students and professionals use this strategy to their advantage?
We want to support students and the attainment of the education and open access to opportunities that will assist their professional development.
Through our outreach, we identify corporations that have summer internship programs, and we match students with [opportunities]. …