Jocelyn Mitnaul Mallette is a 2019 recipient of a North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Diversity
& Inclusion Award for advancing diversity in the legal profession and
Based in the firm’s Raleigh office, Mallette represents businesses in
commercial litigation. She promotes diversity and inclusion in the law as
president of the Capital City Lawyers Association, a voluntary bar
association comprised largely of minority lawyers, judges and elected
officials. The CCLA assists underrepresented communities through outreach
and pro bono service and awards scholarships to minority law students.
Under Mallette’s leadership, the group has broadened its focus to encourage
younger students to consider legal careers.
Mallette also serves as second vice president of the North Carolina
Association of Black Lawyers, playing a key role expanding the
organization’s membership and program offerings. She recently was accepted
to the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s 2019-2021 Diverse
Leaders Academy, which provides opportunities for lawyers in
underrepresented groups to serve in leadership roles.
“Jocelyn shares our firm’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive
culture to better serve our clients and build a stronger profession,” said
Ava Lias-Booker, chair of McGuireWoods’ Diversity & Inclusion Committee. “We are proud
to see her honored for her outstanding leadership.”
Mallette was blazing trails before she began practicing law. She was one of
nine black women in her graduating class at the U.S. Air Force Academy and
went on to serve as a diversity officer and an intelligence officer in the
Air Force. In 2011, Mallette was the only recipient of the Air Force’s law
school scholarship and went on to serve as a prosecutor and general
practice attorney in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Before joining
McGuireWoods, she clerked for North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Barbara
“I am honored to be recognized along with attorneys, law firms and
organizations that share a commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion
and ensuring equal access to justice in all of our communities,” Mallette
The North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Diversity & Inclusion Award honorees will be feted at a Dec. 11
ceremony in Charlotte.