May 19, 2011
On April 13, 2011, Michele Coleman Mayes—senior vice president & general counsel of Allstate Insurance—accepted Street Law's 2011 Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Award on behalf of the Allstate Department of Law and Regulation.
Allstate's law department participates in the Street Law / ACC Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, where they work to encourage young people of color to pursue legal careers by providing them with role models, career education, and hands-on experiences in the legal field. Dozens of Allstate lawyers, paralegals, and other legal professionals volunteer in local high schools, where they teach students civil law lessons. Participating students attend a field trip to Allstate or a partner law firm, where the volunteers engage students in interactive workshops and legal simulations.
Allstate began participating in the Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline program during the 2005-06 school year in Chicago, IL. Since then the department has added ten more sites across the country, reaching over 500 students each school year. Allstate has more pipeline sites, more law department volunteers, and reaches more students than any other participating corporation.
In addition to visiting high school classrooms to teach about various aspects of the law—from insurance and driving to employment, immigration, and the First Amendment—a grant to Street Law from the Allstate Foundation has supported the development of new lesson plans and teaching materials for these sites. These relevant legal topics include distracted driving and domestic violence.
View other 2011 Street Law Awards Dinner video clips:
(Reproduced with permission)
Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program