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2019 NELC In-House Counsel Accelerator Program


April 23, 2019 – San Diego, CA


The National Employment Law Council ("
NELC") invites applications to participate in the inaugural In-House Counsel Accelerator Program (“ICAP”), to be held in advance of the 2019 NELC Conference in San Diego, CA.  ICAP will be on April 23, the day before the NELC Conference which will be from April 24-26, 2019. NELC is a non-profit organization charged with enriching minority bar members who represent management in the field of labor and employment law.


ICAP is designed to assist new in-house counsel of color in transitioning to and building a successful career as part of a corporate law department. ICAP is open to minority attorneys practicing management-side labor and employment law, with two years or less experience working in-house.


ICAP will provide participants with career advancement skills in an intensive and interactive six-hour series of sessions with seasoned in-house practitioners while also exposing participants to NELC’s national network of experienced minority labor and employment attorneys. All ICAP Participants will be matched with more senior in-house mentors. Space in the 2019 In-House Counsel Accelerator Program will be limited.


To apply for NELC ICAP, submit the following items no later than December 14, 2018:

  • Personal statement on what the applicant hopes to achieve by participating in ICAP (maximum 750 words, in PDF format). The statement should include a self-assessment of the applicant's career growth challenges, a paragraph describing the qualities the applicant is looking for in an NELC mentor relationship, and a description of the applicant’s connection to NELC.
  • Applicant’s bio or resume (in PDF format).

A complete application package must be submitted by email to Rafael Medina, no later than December 14, 2018. Early applications are strongly encouraged; late, incomplete, or perfunctory application materials may not be considered. If you do not receive an email confirmation that your application has been received within two business days of submission, please email Rafael Medina to follow-up.


ICAP participation is underwritten by NELC and its sponsors. Registration is $250. However, ICAP Participants who also register to attend the NELC Conference may attend ICAP without charge. ICAP Participants or their employers are responsible for travel and accommodations.


The NELC ICAP will be held in conjunction with NELC’s annual comprehensive labor and employment law conference from April 24-26, 2019, at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego.  

Application Deadline: December 14, 2018
For more information, contact Abiman Rajadurai.

The Rafael E. Medina In-House Scholarship

Dear Counsel:

Two years ago, the National Employment Law Council launched The Rafael E. Medina In-House Scholarship.  As a result, we have set successive records of in-house attendees at the NELC 2017 and 2018 annual conferences. As you know, Rafael has been Managing Counsel-Employment at McDonald’s Corporation for many years, serves on our NELC Board and its Executive Committee, and has been a true champion for the NELC, its members, and legal diversity.  


Many of our members have directly and materially benefitted from Rafael’s steadfast commitment to the NELC and its mission.  Many of us represent McDonald’s Corporation because Rafael gave us the opportunity to do so.  Many of our NELC Academy Fellows have relied on Rafael for a recommendation to the Academy, timely career advice, or a well-timed introduction.  Many of our in-house members were personally recruited by Rafael to join the NELC and have benefitted from his wisdom and expertise. 


All NELC members have benefitted from Rafael’s passion for our organization and the advancement of lawyers of color in our chosen field. One reason our annual conference continues to improve is that Rafael has been so successful at obtaining major sponsorship dollars.  Through the Rafael E.  Medina In-House Scholarship, we can both honor Rafael and multiply his impact by defraying the cost for in-house counsel who otherwise would be unable to get the budget authority for upcoming conference, April 24 – 26, 2019, in San Diego, CA.  Here is a partial list of the law departments represented at the 2018 Conference in New Orleans:  ASRC Federal Holding Company, Deloitte, Dollar General Corporation, Dropbox, Facebook, FMC Corp., Google LLC, Graphic Packaging International, LLC, GSK, Hospital Corporation of America, Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, McDonald’s Corporation, Morton Salt, Inc., NBCUniversal, Pandora Media, PepsiCo, Salesforce, STREAM, The Fresh Market, Inc., UBER Technologies and Walgreens.

Please join us in honoring our friend and colleague by contributing to The Rafael E. Medina In-House Scholarship by clicking on the donate button. Donations in any amount are welcome, whether individual or in the name of your law firm.  All contributors will be noted by name in the 2019 annual conference materials and on our new website (without reference to amount donated), with special recognition for received donations of $1,000 or more.


With great appreciation for your commitment to the NELC,

NELC Board of Directors 

Thank you for your Donation!

Nigel Connie Foutts - Ogletree Deakins

Richard Amador - Sanchez & Amador

Gary Lafayette - Lafayette & Kumagai

Donald Prophete - Constangy Brooks, Smith & Prophete

Nigel F. Telman - Proskauer

Stacey Campbell - Campbell Litigation

 2018 Annual Conference Major Sponsors!!

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