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 the NELC’s national network of experienced minority labor and employment attorneys.


Application Deadline: December 20, 2019

The National Employment Law Council ("NELC") invites applications to participate in the second annual In-House Counsel Accelerator Program (“ICAP”), to be held in advance of the 2020 NELC Conference in Atlanta, GA. ICAP will be on April 14, the day before the NELC Conference which will be from April 15-17, 2020. NELC is a non-profit organization charged with enriching minority bar members who represent management in the field of labor and employment law.

All ICAP participants will be matched with more senior in-house mentors. Space in the 2020 ICAP will be limited.

To apply for the NELC ICAP, submit the following items no later than December 20, 2019:

  • Personal statement on what the applicant hopes to achieve by participating in ICAP (maximum 750 words, in pdf format), including:
  • 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,
  • what specific information the applicant is hoping to learn from ICAP, and
  • a description of the applicant’s connection to the NELC.
  • Applicant’s bio or resume (in pdf format).

A complete application package must be submitted by email to Rita Srivastava @, no later than December 20, 2019. 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 Rita Srivastava @ to follow-up.

ICAP participation is underwritten by the NELC and its sponsors. Registration is $250 and is separately charged from the NELC Annual Conference registration. ICAP Participants or their employers are responsible for travel and accommodations.

The NELC ICAP will be held in conjunction with the NELC’s annual comprehensive labor and employment law conference from April 15-17, 2020, at the W Atlanta Midtown Hotel in Atlanta, GA.
For more information,
contact Rita Srivastava @