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-Robert Grey, President

In This Issue:

  • Final Day to Nominate a 2015 Fellow
  • Welcome, New Members!
  • Ivan Fong of 3M Launches Fellows Regional Roundtable
  • A Look Back at 2014's Most Active Members
  • Los Angeles Leadership Lunch
  • In the News

Final Day to Nominate a 2015 Fellow


Today is the last day to nominate a 2015 Fellow. By nominating a Fellow to participate in LCLD's yearlong relationship building and leadership training program, your organization has the opportunity to shape the future leaders of the legal profession.

As you consider who to nominate, please review the 2015 LCLD Fellows Program Prospectus, which explains the program's purpose and components, selection criteria, and fees. Click the button below to nominate your Fellow by today, January 15, 2015.

(NOTE: The button has been removed because the deadline has passed.)

For questions about Fellows nominations, please contact Stephanie Uzel. More information can also be found on the LCLD website.

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Welcome, New Members!


Benjamin B. Klubes & John P. Kromer, Co-Managing Partners of BuckleySandler LLP. With more than 150 lawyers in Washington, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and London, BuckleySandler provides best-in-class legal counsel to meet the challenges of its financial services and other corporate and individual clients across the full range of government enforcement actions; complex and class action litigation; and transactional, regulatory, and public policy issues. Strongly committed to diversity, the firm strives to incorporate the unique backgrounds and perspectives of its lawyers into all of its work to better serve its clients and communities. BuckleySandler deeply values its partnerships with organizations that support the firm's goal of developing a socially conscious and client-focused organization.


William M. Lear, Managing Director, Stoll Keenon Ogden, PLLC. With 145 attorneys in six cities in Kentucky, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, Stoll Keenon Ogden, PLLC (SKO) is an established law firm representing clients on local, state, national, and international levels. Tracing its history back to 1897, the firm's commitment to client service is demonstrated through enduring relationships built on honest, experienced, and trusted counsel. SKO attorneys are committed to clients and to the law in a way that elevates their practice to an art. In a world that demands change and adaptation, innovation and creativity are not optional – they are essential to success in any field. Stoll Keenon Ogden recognizes that a viable firm for tomorrow cannot rest on its past, and that through creative engagement, interpretation, and application of knowledge, SKO wins for its clients. SKO is driven by it’s mission statement, “Our clients’ success is our mission.”


William H. McDavid, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Freddie Mac. Freddie Mac was created by Congress in 1970 with three goals in mind: make sure that financial institutions have mortgage money to lend, make it easier for consumers to afford a decent house or apartment, and stabilize residential mortgage markets in times of financial crisis. To fulfill this mission, Freddie Mac conducts business in the U.S. secondary mortgage market and works with a national network of mortgage lending customers. Through these business lines, Freddie Mac plays a critical role in financing affordable housing for America’s families.

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Ivan Fong of 3M Launches Fellows Regional Roundtable

By Jessica Smith, LCLD Communications & Marketing Manager







Ivan Fong at the LCLD Leadership Summit in May 2014. (Photo by Joe Mahoney)

Ivan Fong, LCLD Member and General Counsel of 3M Company, recently hosted the inaugural Fellows Regional Roundtable, a forum he initiated in collaboration with Fellows Alumni that will roll out nationally in early 2015.

For this pilot Roundtable, Fong welcomed 10 local Fellows Alumni to the 3M headquarters in Saint Paul, Minnesota for an informal, two-hour discussion over lunch about the qualities of leadership and “covering”—the tendency of individuals to over-manage or downplay their differences from others at work.

“The Roundtable was a terrific experience,” said Fong. “I got to know a group of extremely talented ‘rising stars’ in the Twin Cities legal community. And for them, it was a way to get to know me and discuss top-of-mind topics such as how to be a more effective leader and how to develop one's career. For all of us, it was a chance to learn from each other.”

The idea for this new initiative originated at the 2014 LCLD Leadership Summit, where Fong expressed his desire to get involved with the local Twin Cities Fellows. Also in attendance, Lica Tomizuka, a 2013 Fellow and Partner at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, and Cassandra Headrick, a 2012 Fellow and Executive Counsel at The Travelers Companies, spoke with Fong about his interest and worked with him to organize this first Regional Roundtable. Read full article.

If you're an LCLD Member who's interested in hosting a 2015 Regional Roundtable, please email LCLD Fellows Alumni Regional Committee Chair Paula Aguila, a 2013 Fellow and attorney at Rivero Mestre LLP, for more information.

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A Look Back at 2014's Most Active Members

By Don Belt, LCLD Communications Director 








The video slideshow above features LCLD's most active Member organizations in 2014.

The Members profiled above found many ways to support the LCLD mission in 2014. All of them nominated a Fellow (which many LCLD organizations have come to regard as a necessity), and nearly all hosted at least one 1L Scholar, observed the webinar, supplied mentors to our Law School Mentoring program, and attended the Annual Members Meeting.

Yet these most active Members also found other ways to contribute.

Twenty one of them sent their Fellows Alumni to the annual Conference (which 10 of them also sponsored). Fourteen volunteered to speak at a Fellows meeting. Eleven provided City Leads for the Mentoring program; ten hosted a Leadership Lunch; and three of our most active corporate Members (Altria, General Mills, and UnitedHealth Group) hosted the Fellows for a day-long Learning Experience, like the one hosted by Altria General Counsel Denise Keane in October. Read full article.

For more information on how to participate in LCLD initiatives and programs, please contact Jennifer Denton, LCLD Membership & Operations Manager.

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Los Angeles Leadership Lunch


In advance, we'd like to thank the following LCLD Members who will be speaking to Fellows at a Leadership Lunch this month: Alan Braverman, LCLD Board Member, and Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of The Walt Disney Company, and Greg Nitzkowski, Managing Partner of Paul Hastings LLP. The event will take place January 27, 2015 at the Paul Hastings office in Los Angeles, California.

If you'd like to learn more about speaking at a Leadership Lunch, please contact Fellows Program Manager Nichole Velasquez.

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In the News


Bradley Butwin
, LCLD Member and Chairman of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, was interviewed by Forbes magazine in celebration of O’Melveny’s 130th anniversary. The interview addressed efficiency, management strategies, a changing legal environment, and diversity, among other topics. Read his full interview here.


Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman LLP, an LCLD Member firm, was profiled by The Washington Post for its efforts to experiment with new business models. Read more here about the two women spearheading these efforts and what they entail.



Sidley Austin LLP and Towers Watson, LCLD Member organizations, were among three organizations named Diversity Values Index Standouts. Read about their diversity management strategies here, along with quotes from Sarah Olson, LCLD's diversity contact at Sidley Austin. 

, an LCLD Member corporation, was featured in a video on interview on leadership practices, from talent development to nontraditional leadership skills. See the full video interview here.


Various LCLD Member firms were recognized by The National Law Journal for outstanding pro bono work in 2014, and named to The American Lawyer’s Women Partner Watch Honor Roll. Click here to see the list of Member firms that were recognized.

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Jessica Smith, Communications & Marketing Manager, LCLD Insider Editor

If you have any news or honors that are relevant to LCLD Members, please email Jessica Smith at jsmith@lcldnet.com.