Welcome to the LCLD INSIDER, our monthly newsletter. This publication is for you, and we welcome your feedback and ideas, as well as any news you might be interested in passing along. Please share the INSIDER with your support staff, diversity directors, and marketing departments to keep them better informed about what LCLD is doing.
-Robert Grey, Executive Director
LCLD's First Regional Meeting:
Strong Attendance, Commitments to Act
More than 70 attendees heard a blue-ribbon panel discuss strategies for strengthening the advancement of diverse talent at a breakfast meeting in New York on April 17, the first in a series of LCLD "regional meetings." Click here to read the news release.
Exciting Additions to the LCLD Team
As we continue to BUILD LCLD and its programs, we're excited to announce some new additions to our team:
- Courtney Nolde is our new Program Manager for the Talent Development Committee and will be working on the Fellows program, specifically assisting with developing the Fellows Alumni program.
- Sarah Wintle joined LCLD as a Program Manager in February to work with Donna Corey and Karin Plastina to support our Pipeline Committee efforts, including: the LCLD Law School Mentoring Program, the LCLD/CLEO Pre-Law Workshops, and the 1L LCLD Scholars Program.
- Louise Bald joined LCLD this month to serve as Program Manager for the Partnerships & Teams Committee.
Diversity Professionals Identify Key Inclusion Issues, 'Next Steps'
LCLD and the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals (ALFDP) organized a roundtable in mid-April in New York City to gain "on the ground" perspectives about legal diversity and to consider a range of ideas from participants. Among those ideas: track career paths of LCLD 1L Scholars, identify practice group leaders with particular strengths at building teams, conduct recruiting interviews that don't focus on "top 5" law schools, but look for "traits of successful people" already in the organization.
Update on Fellows Program
LCLD 2011 Fellows Program graduates have created an "alumni committee" and launched a newsletter to maintain contact, continue networking, and help support the upcoming 2012 class. To read first issue, click here. Look in next INSIDER for report on Microsoft's "Learning Experience" for Fellows.
'Connections' is New LCLD Mentor Program Newsletter
The fast-out-of-the-gate Law School Mentoring Program has begun its series of group mentoring events, launching in 29 cities across the country. To date, events have been held in Dallas; Richmond, VA; Nashville; Philadelphia; Chicago; and Cincinnati. Read about this and the first Mentor to be profiled: Sarah Griffin, Partner, Jones Day. Click here.
Brent Award to LCLD's Amy Schulman
Congratulations to 2012 "ABA Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement" Honoree Amy Schulman, Executive Vice President & General Counsel of Pfizer and President of Pfizer Nutrition.
Keep That Date!
Save September 12-13, 2012 for the LCLD Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C. Details to follow.
LCLD welcomes Winston & Strawn, LLP - Thomas P. Fitzgerald, Managing Partner; and PG&E - Hyun Park, General Counsel.
This Month's Big Number
* The number of Fellows in the 2012 Class. Look for an ad listing of the 2012 Fellows in the upcoming American Lawyer andNational Law Journal.
From the 2011 Annual Meeting 'Card Exercise'
Here, a quote from an LCLD Member making a personal commitment to the mission of LCLD:
"I will ensure that in each of our twice annual practice department meetings that there's a discussion about how our diverse attorneys are performing, including their level of activity, to ensure they're being afforded the opportunity to develop into my firm's future star partners."