Dear LCLD Members:

As we approach our fifth anniversary as an organization, I'd like to thank you, the Members of LCLD, for your personal commitment to the "talent to leader trajectory"—the process of identifying strong, diverse talent and creating leadership opportunities for that talent.

 

In support of your efforts, I'm honored to serve as Chair of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. I'll be building upon the accomplishments of my predecessors, Wally Martinez of Hunton & Williams, and LCLD Founding Chair Emeritus Rick Palmore of General Mills. I also look forward to working with Laura Stein of Clorox in her capacity as Chair-Elect.

Since our founding in 2009, LCLD has grown into an organization of both vision and real-world action, working to produce a future legal profession that is as diverse as the country it serves.

In pursuit of this goal, we've continued to expand our programs to benefit talented individuals at various stages of their professional development. We've also embarked upon an invaluable dialogue with the nation’s law school deans and other thought leaders to spark innovation and inspire others to join us in our mission.

In addition to the increasing number of young attorneys and law students of diverse backgrounds whose careers are advanced by LCLD, I am pleased to note that we are developing metrics to gauge that impact, with the assistance of researchers at the American Bar Foundation.

I thank our Members for their support, and I look forward with great anticipation to the years ahead.

Sincerely,

Brad Smith
President and Chief Legal Officer
Microsoft Corporation