TMCP Frequently Asked Questions

Counsel Connections

General TMCP Information

Sponsorship

What is a TMCP Counsel Connections?

The TMCP gives attendees an opportunity to discuss outside counsel opportunities by providing an area at the conference to conduct brief meetings. These 15-minute one-on-one meetings are held during designated times on Thursday and Friday of the conference. Some corporations may request to speak with multiple attorneys simultaneously, as a firm. In that case, a joint session will be conducted. The conference is not a job fair, nor is there any guarantee that work will be given out or received as a result of the these meetings.

How do I submit my resume to be considered for the Counsel Connections?

After you have completed your conference registration, including the Counsel Connections portion, you will be sent an email receipt that includes a link to upload your resume to our online database. When visiting this link, be sure that you are logged in as the registrant on TexasBarCLE.com (note: this is different than TexasBar.com). Upload (1) a personal résumé and (2) a firm résumé, including a narrative description of your firm's practice, area(s) of expertise, and all office locations. If your personal résumé already includes this information, you may omit the firm résumé.

What does the "pre-selection process" mean?

Pre-selection gives the Counsel Connections organizations an opportunity to select attorneys prior to the conference to ensure that they meet outside counsel with the skill sets that are needed by their organization – either now or in the future. The representatives from the companies who will be conducting interviews access résumés online and submit their selected candidates to the Office of Minority Affairs for scheduling.

When will I find out if I have been selected for a Counsel Connections meeting?

If you indicated that you would like to participate in the Counsel Connections when you registered and you provided your email address, you will receive an email one week prior to the program. If you are pre-selected for a meeting, your email will include the date and time of your interview(s), interviewing corporation(s), and name of interviewer(s).

Can I be notified about my meeting(s) before the pre-selection email is sent out?

No. This information is not available prior to one week before the program. After the early registration deadline, the Counsel Connections corporations review resumes from the online database and make selections on individuals or firms they would like to meet. The Office of Minority Affairs must then schedule and coordinate each meeting. The information is sent to you, the registrants, as soon as it is available.

If I have not been pre-selected for a Counsel Connection or I missed the deadline to upload my resume, will I still be able to participate in the meetings?

To best facilitate a match between law firm attendees’ areas of expertise and a company’s outside counsel hiring interests, the Counsel Connections process is pre-selection only and there will not be on-site sign-ups at the conference. Those who miss the résumé submission deadline or are not pre-selected have opportunities to network with in-house counsel at the conference through the various events including the dine-arounds, golf tournament, receptions, spa retreat, and Networking Through Service project.

How can I find out which companies will be interviewing at the program?

A list of interviewing is available on the TMCP website at www.TexasBar.com/TMCP. This list is updated weekly as more companies sign up to interview.

If I am not pre-selected for a meeting, what other opportunities will I have to network with in-house counsel?

The TMCP has many networking events such as receptions, spa events, golf tournaments, and dine-arounds, which allow participants to dine together in small groups at nearby restaurants.

I am in-house counsel and want to participate in the Counsel Connections at the program. Does it cost more to only participate as a Counsel Connections organization than attend the entire conference?

No, there is no additional cost to participate ONLY as a Counsel Connections organization. Simply register complete the Counsel Connections form and the conference registration form to attend and notify our office that you would like to participate and we will set you up with a meeting booth at the conference.

Does a law firm need to be certified as a minority-owned or woman-owned firm in order to participate?

No. All attorneys are eligible to attend the TMCP and participate in the Counsel Connections. There is no certification requirement for this program.

At the conference, I may miss a CLE topic that I am interested in because I am scheduled for a Counsel Connection meeting or I will be attending another track. How can I view the additional presentations that I may miss?

You are free to go back and forth between tracks throughout the day. Additionally, online videos of the presentations & PDFs of the course materials will be available to registrants 6-8 weeks after the course. Provide us your e-mail address when registering and we'll alert you when these benefits are available and how to access them. (Note: Presentation lengths may vary from that which was advertised.) There's no extra charge; as a registrant, you're already entitled!

What are the "Save the Date" receptions?

"Save the Date" receptions are held in each major city during the months leading up to the annual conference. These receptions give attendees an opportunity to learn more about TMCP and its mission of increased diversity in the legal profession. The receptions are free to attend and provide an excellent opportunity to network with other legal professionals in your area.

How do I get involved with TMCP?

Contact the Office of Minority Affairs office to be added to the Committee Interest List. Due to a growing interest in this program, there are a limited number of spots available on the TMCP Steering Committee. Many of the members earned their position on the Steering Committee through their hard work and leadership skills demonstrated serving on a City Committee. Serving on a City Committee allows you to play an instrumental role in promoting the TMCP program in your local area and planning a "Save the Date" Reception in your city. Steering Committee members are selected between December and January of each year.

How do I register as a sponsor?

TMCP offers sponsorship levels ranging from $1,000-$15,000, all of which include varying numbers of complimentary registrations. To register as a sponsor, simply complete the sponsorship form found in the TMCP Sponsorship Opportunities Brochure online at www.TexasBar.com/TMCP and return to our office via fax, email or mail. Online registration is not available for sponsors. Once your sponsorship form is received, we will contact you with additional instructions and information on submitting individual attendees.

My firm/organization wants to sponsor the TMCP but doesn't know which attorneys we are sending yet. Should I wait to register until we have all registration information completed?

Sponsorship registrations can be taken at any time. Companies do not need to submit all registration information at the same time. Once you have notified our office of your intent to sponsor, we will send you deadlines for all other registration materials.

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