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

In This Issue:

  • Welcome, New Member!
  • Mentors Needed for Success in Law School Mentoring Program
  • LCLD's 2014 Scholars Meet in Dallas
  • Photos from the Third Annual LCLD Fellows Alumni Conference
  • Upcoming UnitedHealth Group Learning Experience
  • Upcoming Leadership Lunch
  • In the News

Welcome, New Member!


Ira C. Kaplan, Managing Partner, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP. Benesch is a business law firm with offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Shanghai, White Plains, and Wilmington. Benesch is dedicated to building a deep understanding of its clients, their businesses, and their industries. The firm develops client-focused teams to ensure first class legal service, views business issues from the clients' perspective, and assists in discovering the best legal services to address clients' needs, drawing upon the strengths of diverse, knowledgeable, and experienced lawyers. The firm services national and international clients that include public and private, middle market and emerging companies, as well as private equity funds, entrepreneurs, not-for-profit organizations, trusts, and estates.

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Mentors Needed for Success in Law School Mentoring Program


The LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program is preparing for its fourth year of reaching diverse 1L law students around the country. Its goal is to ensure that talented law students receive the mentoring they need to maximize their potential, both during law school and afterward as they prepare for the bar exam and launch their careers.

Lawyers interested in serving as Mentors in the program for the upcoming academic year may register now through July 31, 2014. All attorneys employed by LCLD Member organizations are eligible to become Mentors. Click here to learn more.

If you have questions about the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program, please contact Louise Bald at lbald@lcldnet.com or (804) 658-6019.









Left to Right: Jennifer Hall (Troutman Sanders), Snehal Trivedi (3L student at Campbell University), and Whitney Waldenberg (Troutman Sanders) at the Group Mentoring Program event hosted by K&L Gates in Durham, NC, April 2013. (Photo by Joe Mahoney)

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LCLD's 2014 Scholars Meet in Dallas


Poised to supercharge their academic and professional careers, the 2014 Class of 1L LCLD Scholars gathered for the 4th annual Scholars Summit on June 5-7 in Dallas, Texas.

Over the two-day meeting, 150 Scholars (out of a class of 168), representing over 75 LCLD Member organizations, heard from a lineup of distinguished speakers and began to build networking and other valuable skills to get the most out of their summer internships at LCLD Member organizations.

Kicking off this year's meeting, LCLD Member organization Jones Day hosted a hundred Scholars for mock interviews, by attorneys from LCLD Member organizations Baker Botts, Husch Blackwell, Jackson Walker, Jones Day, Littler Mendelson, Vinson & Elkins, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Click here to read more and view photos from the event.







Left to Right: Microsoft 2014 1L Scholars Taufiq Ramji, Shuangjun Wang, and Colinford Mattis; Lori Lorenzo, LCLD Program Dir.; Michael-Bryant Hicks, General Counsel of Providence Service Corp. and 2013 LCLD Fellow, the summit keynote speaker; Louise Bald, LCLD Program Manager; and Microsoft 2014 1L Scholars Liam O'Sullivan and Kristen Escher. (Photo by Joe Mahoney)

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Photos from the Third Annual LCLD Fellow Alumni Conference


Click here to view a gallery of photos from the Third Annual LCLD Fellows Alumni Conference, which took place May 15-18, 2014 in Miami, FL.







During the conference, LCLD Fellow Alumni spoke about their careers to youth at the Overtown Youth Center in Miami, FL. (Photo by Jay Haas)

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Upcoming UnitedHealth Group Learning Experience


We thank Marianne Short, Chief Legal Officer of UnitedHealth Group, in advance for hosting an LCLD Fellows Learning Experience on June 17, 2014 at the UnitedHealth Group headquarters in Minnetonka, MN. We'd also like to thank LCLD Member law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP, which will host the Fellows the evening before for dinner and a VIP tour of the landmark Guthrie Theater.

An article about the event, as well as photos, will be included in the July 2014 issue of the LCLD INSIDER.

If you're interested in hosting a Learning Experience, please contact Stephanie Uzel.

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Upcoming Leadership Lunch


We'd like to thank Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Microsoft Corporation and Chair of the LCLD Board of Directors, and Fred Rivera, Managing Partner of the Perkins Coie Seattle office, in advance for hosting the upcoming Leadership Lunch on June 23, 2014 at Perkins Coie in Seattle, WA.

If you'd like to learn more about speaking at a Leadership Lunch, please contact Stephanie Uzel.

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In the News


The following three LCLD Members will be honored at the National Bar Association 89th Annual Convention, Fourth Annual African American Managing Partners & General Counsel Dinner on July 26 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GA: 


Rick Palmore, Executive Vice President; General Counsel; Chief Compliance and Risk Management Officer, and Secretary at General Mills, and LCLD Founding Chair Emeritus, will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by John W. Daniels, Jr., Chairman Emeritus of Quarles & Brady LLP.



Teri McClure, Chief Legal, Communications, and Compliance Officer at UPS will be presented with the General Counsel of the Year Pathfinder Award by Teresa Roseborough, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of The Home Depot.



Fred Nance, Regional Managing Partner (operating from the Cleveland office) at Squire Sanders, will be presented with the Managing Partner of the Year Pathfinder Award by Grace Speights, Managing Partner (DC office) of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) will honor Robert J. Grey, Jr., Executive Director of LCLD and Partner at Hunton & Williams LLP, with the Lead by Example Award, and LCLD Member corporation Honeywell International, Inc. with the NAWL President's Award at the 2014 NAWL Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon. The event will take place at the Waldorf Astoria New York Hotel on July 24, 2014 in New York, NY. Click here to view the meeting agenda or register to attend. Information on ads and table sponsorships are available here.


Ivan Fong, LCLD Member, and Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel at 3M Company, was interviewed by Corporate Counsel about 3M's legal department, which was named one of four 2014 Best Legal Departments by the magazine.


Ivelisse Clausell, 2011 LCLD Fellow, and Senior Compliance Counsel & Privacy Officer at Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals, Inc., has been selected as a 2014 Latina Trailblazer by LatinoJustice PRLDEF. She will be honored at the Fifth Annual Latina Trailblazers Breakfast on June 19, 2014 at the Yale Club of New York in New York, NY.

Exelon Corporation, an LCLD Member organization, has named 11 banks, insurance companies, and professional services organizations to its fourth annual diversity and inclusion "honor roll." One of the honorees was LCLD Member corporation Towers Watson. From 2012 to 2013, the honor roll program has helped increase minority representation on insurance firm leadership teams serving Exelon by 75 percent.

LCLD Member organizations Littler Mendelson P.C. and Target Corporation were featured in a recent article about diversifying legal departments.


LCLD Member corporation Macy's, Inc. is honoring National Pride Month with its Pride + Joy campaign, which includes participation in 23 Pride parades across the country and special events in-store, through a returning partnership with the Human Rights Campaign. Read the press release here.

If you have any news or honors that are relevant to LCLD Members, please email Jessica Smith.

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