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Joseph West

Joseph West

Minority Corporate Counsel Association
President & CEO
Washington, DC, USA


Since 2011, Joseph K. West has served as the President and CEO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). Upon taking the helm at MCCA, Mr. West immediately implemented a number of programs focused on increasing the MCCA’s ability to expand opportunities for women and minority lawyers. He created the MCCA Academy for Leadership and Inclusion, a training program designed to identify barriers to inclusion in the profession and to eradicate them. He created the MCCA Blueprint program and the MCCA Exchange, programs designed to help in-house counsel with career development and law firm members to hone their business development skills. He led an overhaul of MCCA’s scholarship and mentoring programs and CLE offerings. He launched research projects ranging from global diversity, to a study of Generation Y lawyers, to corporate legal department demographic surveys and toolkits. He has forged partnerships with the Just The Beginning Foundation, the National Association of Women Lawyers, the National Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association and other organizations. He recently announced that MCCA is the point organization for the Engage Excellence program which tracks the amount of spend that major corporations direct to women and minority lawyers. As a result of his efforts, MCCA’s membership has almost tripled since his tenure began.

Mr. West came to MCCA after an exceptional stint as associate general counsel at Walmart Stores, Inc., where he established himself as an innovator in the legal services arena and a leading advocate for diversity and inclusion. At Walmart, he served as head of the outside counsel management group. In that role, he was responsible for managing all aspects of Walmart’s relationships with its external law firms globally. This included oversight of over 600 firms and 25,000 lawyers and paralegals with an annual outside counsel spend of more than $300 million.

Mr. West was recently awarded the 2014 Beacon of Diversity Award from the Black Entertainment Sports Lawyers Association. The Delaware Barristers Association recognized him with the 2014 Louis L. Redding Lifetime Achievement Award. The Washington Business Journal honored him with the 2014 Minority Business Leader Award. He made Walmart one of the initial signatories to the Inclusion Initiative with the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) and in 2009, that organization awarded him its prestigious Outstanding Advisory Council Member Award. In 2010, the National Bar Association recognized his contributions to the profession by naming him In-house Counsel of the Year. In 2005, ABC’s “Good Morning America” featured Mr. West in a segment for his heroic actions in helping save lives when he voluntarily rode out Hurricane Katrina at Methodist Hospital in New Orleans, La., in order to help care for stranded patients. He is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education and served on the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession.

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