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-Robert Grey, President
In This Issue:
- 2015 LCLD Annual Impact Report
- LCLD Fellow Becomes a General Counsel
- Submit Your 2016 Fellows Nominations
- LCLD Fellows Visit 3M Corporation
- Member Organizations are Now Accepting 2016 Scholars Applications
- Welcome, New Member!
- In the News
Did You Know?
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2015 LCLD Annual Impact Report
On a regular basis, LCLD surveys our program participants to assess the impact of our programming and the ways in which Member organizations take advantage of their participation.
Results are critically important to our mission, and we will continue to measure them in the lives of individuals and the institutions they represent. Click here to read copies of our 2015 Annual Impact Report, along with a detailed look at our survey data and methodology.
LCLD Fellow Becomes a General Counsel
2015 Fellow Renée Delphin-Rodriguez is now General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of SynerMed, Inc. in Monterey Park, CA. She was previously Assistant General Counsel, HealthCare Partners, with LCLD Member corporation DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. in El Segundo, CA. Congratulations, Renée!
Submit Your 2016 Fellows Nominations
The time has come again for LCLD Members to handpick high-potential, mid-career attorneys from diverse backgrounds to participate in the 2016 LCLD Fellows Program. Click here to nominate your organization's 2016 Fellows today.
The deadline to submit your Fellows nominations is January 22, 2016.
For more information about the program, including selection criteria, fees, and program expectations, please review the 2016 Fellows Program Prospectus, the Member Tool Kit for the Fellows Program, and other program information on our website. For additional questions, please contact Stephanie Uzel, Program Manager.
LCLD Fellows Visit 3M Corporation
By Joe Slay, LCLD Communications
Ivan Fong, General Counsel of 3M, addresses the Fellows during a day-long visit to the corporation's headquarters in St. Paul, MN. (Photo by Jay Haas)
When 29 Fellows traveled to Minneapolis, October 27, for an LCLD Learning Experience at 3M’s headquarters, they learned one of the real reasons why LCLD Member Ivan Fong accepted the position there as General Counsel.
It wasn’t only that Fong had an engineering background and was intrigued by a global company with iconic brands “that actually made things.” It was the fact that in his meeting with 3M’s chief executive, the CEO brought up, without prompting, three of the subjects that Fong had come prepared to ask about: integrity, compliance, and diversity.
That was “something special,” Fong told the Fellows. Knowing that 3M’s CEO was personally committed to those issues helped seal the deal for him. Since then, 3M’s stated commitments to high standards in these three areas has “proven true,” he said. Read the full article.
Look for an article about the SEC Learning Experience, which took place November 5, 2015 in Washington, D.C., in the next issue of the LCLD Insider. For more information about how you can host a Learning Experience, please contact Stephanie Uzel, Program Manager.
Member Organizations are Now Accepting 2016 Scholars Applications
2015 1L Scholars from Microsoft Corp., at the 2015 1L LCLD Scholars Summit in Dallas, TX. (Photo by Joe Mahoney)
Thanks to you, 109 LCLD Member organizations will be hosting 1L LCLD Scholars at internships at their organizations next summer!
We have notified more than 100 law schools, nationwide, about the 2016 1L LCLD Scholars internship opportunities, which were released December 1. We encourage students to apply to as many of these opportunities as possible.
If you have not submitted your internship description, and you would like to post it on the opportunities page above, please email Nancy Richardson with the job description, internship city, contact person, and web link.
If your organization has not registered to participate in the 2016 Scholars Program, it’s not too late. Click here to register your organization today!
For more information about the 2016 1L LCLD Scholars Program, please contact Nancy Richardson, Program Manager.
Welcome, New Members!
Mark J. Ohringer, Executive Vice President, Global General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (JLL). JLL is a financial and professional services firm that specializes in commercial real estate services and investment management. We’re in business to create and deliver real value through commercial real estate for clients, shareholders, and our own people.
In a complex world that is constantly changing, JLL is committed to helping you understand and navigate the intricacies of commercial real estate—whether you’re an investor or occupier of space. We attract, nurture, and reward the best and most diverse people in our industry, who develop enduring client relationships built on quality service, collaboration, and trust. Our 58,000 people across 230 corporate offices worldwide serve the local, regional, and global real estate needs of corporates and investors in more than 80 countries. They deliver integrated commercial real estate services built on insight and foresight, sound market research, and relevant knowledge. Our commitment to business success goes beyond the bottom line.
Judith A. Reinsdorf, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Tyco International. At Tyco, we have a passion to protect what matters most. We advance safety and security by finding smarter ways to save lives, improve businesses, and protect where people live and work. As the world’s leading company focused on fire protection and security, Tyco’s 57,000 employees in 50 countries serve more than three million customers across various markets, including commercial, institutional, governmental, retail, industrial, energy, residential, and small business.
Anthony F. Shelley, Chairman, Miller & Chevalier Chartered. Founded in 1920, Miller & Chevalier is a Washington, D.C.-based law firm with leading global practices in Tax, Complex Litigation, International Law and Business, White Collar and Internal Investigations, Employee Benefits (including ERISA), and Government Affairs.
In an era of big law, Miller & Chevalier is a top-ranked firm sharply focused on targeted areas that interact with the federal government. Over the past three years, the firm's lawyers have represented more than 40 percent of the Fortune 100, one-quarter of the Fortune 500, and approximately 30 percent of the Global 100.
The firm's diversity efforts focus not only on hiring, but also issues affecting retention, such as quality mentoring, equitable work assignments, and fostering an inclusive firm culture. Miller & Chevalier earned the Vault Seal of Approval for its participation in the diversity partnership between Vault and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) in support of the Call to Action, an effort developed by top general counsel to advance diversity in the legal profession, and is a recipient of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia's Constance Belfiore Quality of Life Award, which cited the firm for its commitment to enhancing diversity within its workforce, promoting women in key leadership positions, establishing the first ever Diversity Fellowship Program, and implementing programs that promote an open dialogue about diversity in the workplace. The firm proudly values diversity, inclusion, professional excellence, and collegiality among colleagues.
In the News
Brad Smith, LCLD Board Chair and President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft Corp., wrote a piece for the company’s blog on improving access and inclusion for persons with disabilities.
Mark Roellig (left), LCLD Board Member and General Counsel of MassMutual, and Lori Lorenzo (right), LCLD Program Director, wrote an article on training in-house lawyers for PD Quartlerly magazine.
John Arrastia, LCLD Member and Managing Partner of Arrastia Capote Partners LLP, was interviewed in For the Defense about diversity initiatives at his firm.
Sandra Leung, LCLD Member (former LCLD Board At-Large Vice President) and Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, spoke on a panel about diverse in-house legal departments.
Nolan Atkinson, LCLD Diversity Contact and Chief Diversity Officer at Duane Morris LLP, was named the first-ever Chief Diversity Officer for the city of Philadelphia.
Grace Yang, 2011 Fellow and Shareholder at GrayRobinson, P.A., was named Businesswoman of the Year for Legal Services by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Various LCLD Member organizations were also featured in the news.
Jessica Smith, Communications & Marketing Manager, Editor