Welcome to the Pathfinder Newsletter

“Pathways” is distributed to current and alumni Pathfinders each quarter and features program news and information, alerts of 
upcoming events, updates on your fellow Pathfinders, and other resources to help you get the most out of your involvement in the LCLD Pathfinder Program. Past Pathways newsletters are archived on the LCLD website.  

We want to hear from you! If you received a promotion, changed jobs, are engaged in community service, or have a practice-related publication, we want to share it. If you plan to host a Pathfinder Meet-Up, or are attending an event and want to connect with other Pathfinders while traveling, let us know. Email newsletter submissions to Communications Specialist Caitlin Puffenberger or Program Coordinator Walt Lohmann.    

In this Issue:

2017 Pathfinder Happy Hour at Venable in Washington, D.C., July 26. From left to right, 2017 Pathfinders Philip Chong, Abigail Cotterill, Melanie Garcia, Megan Wood, Candace Moss, Hana Vizcarra, and Jean Crews, and Venable Partner Milo Cividanes.


Did You Know?
The first impression is everything, so make sure your Pathfinder Directory Profile is doing you justice. Click “Update this Profile” to edit yours at any time. 

2017 Pathfinder Kate Harmon has been elected to serve as the Assistant Treasurer of the Executive Committee of the Delaware State Bar Association for the 2017-18 term. She is completing her term as a Member-at-Large of the DSBA Executive Committee for the 2016-17 term. Kate has also been elected to serve as the Secretary of the Women and the Law Section of the DSBA for a two-year term, ending in 2019. 

2017 Pathfinder Ruth Johnson is now Senior Corporate Counsel at Moneytree, Inc. 

2017 Pathfinder Linhda Nguyen is now Associate General Counsel at UnitedHealth Group. 

2017 Pathfinder Bhashit Shah is now at Reed Smith LLP. 

2016 Pathfinder Hannah Choi is now Senior Employment Counsel at iQor. 

2016 Pathfinder Carson Cooper is now Associate at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP. 

2016 Pathfinder William Hudson is now Manager, Real Estate, Legal at Chick-fil-A, Inc.

2016 Pathfinder Austin Leach is now Associate at Winston & Strawn LLP. 

2015 Pathfinder Nick Harper-Smith is now Associate at Helsell Fetterman LLP. 

2015 Pathfinder Mini Kapoor was featured in a Texas Lawyer article about a "young lawyers" rule that enabled her to argue for a summary judgment motion. It was Mini's first substantive hearing argument in a court. Read more here.   

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Keeping in Touch

Join the LCLD Pathfinders LinkedIn group to engage with other Pathfinders on relevant topics. You can also like LCLD on Facebook, and follow LCLD President Robert Grey and Program Director Lori Lorenzo on Twitter for news on diversity in the legal profession. 

Interested in learning more about LCLD Fellows? See this month's Fellow Spotlight here

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2017 Pathfinders: Need to Know! 


2017 Pathfinders must complete the e-module, The Career-Boosting Power of Effective Time Management, and at least one action assignment, by Monday, August 28, 2017. Please remember to connect with your Program Facilitator, an LCLD Fellow at your organization, and/or other Pathfinders to discuss what you learned from the e-module and how to implement it. 

Additionally, if you haven't yet completed the first two e-modules (on sponsorship and goal setting), please do so as soon as possible. Only 48% of Pathfinders have kept pace with the e-modules up to this point. These e-modules were developed for the benefit of your professional development, so we hope you'll complete all of them. If you do so by Monday, October 9, you'll be entered in a drawing to win a $100 Amazon gift card! 

For technical questions about the e-modules, please contact Jessica Sabesan, LCLD Communications & Marketing Manager.

2017 PATHFINDER SECOND MEETING: November 2-4, 2017, Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, D.C. 

Please save the date for the second and final in-person meeting for 2017 Pathfinders. A block of hotel rooms will be available at the Grand Hyatt Washington. Please check here in the coming weeks for more details, including registration and hotel booking information. For questions about the meeting, please contact Lori Lorenzo, LCLD Program Director.  

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Pathfinder Events & Opportunities

PATHFINDER ALUMNI MEETING: September 15-16, 2017, Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center, Washington, D.C. 

All 2015 and 2016 Pathfinders are invited to attend the first-ever Pathfinder Alumni Meeting, planned by Pathfinders for Pathfinders. The meeting will feature two CLE sessions, a networking reception with Washington, D.C.-area Fellows and Fellows Alumni, and a networking Dine-Around dinner. Click here for more information, or to register to attend by Friday, August 25. For questions about the meeting, please contact 2016 Pathfinder Aneesh Mehta at aneeshm@microsoft.com. For technical questions, please contact Jessica Sabesan, LCLD Communications & Marketing Manager. 

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In the Spotlight: Tiffany Ikeda 

2017 Pathfinder Tiffany Ikeda is an Associate at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, where she represents businesses in a wide range of complex commercial disputes and bankruptcies. She is also active in pro bono work, and was recognized by the Western Center on Law and Poverty as a "Rock Star" for her representation of low income tenants in a certified class action against the Housing Authority of Los Angeles. 

Learn more about Tiffany here

For a chance to be chosen for the Pathfinder Spotlight, make sure your Pathfinder Directory Profile stands out and tells your story. 

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You Asked, Fellows Answered: How Do You Leverage Your Networks? 

When you join an LCLD program, you automatically become part of a diverse, nationwide community. And your workplace, bar associations, volunteer organizations, and other activities conncet you to different people at different stages in their careers – so how do you make the most of those connections? 2011 Fellow Meshach Rhoades, Partner at Armstrong Teasdale LLP and Founder of Latinas First Foundation, shares her thoughts on leveraging your networks here

Here are a few additional resources on making your networks work for you: 

To suggest a topic, email Communications Specialist Caitlin Puffenberger at cpuffenberger@lcldnet.com, and we'll solicit answers from the LCLD Fellows.

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Worth a Read 

What They Didn't Teach You in Law SchoolThe Washington Lawyer 

“On the back end of my own legal career, I wish to speak from the heart about what they don’t teach you in law school because these areas matter a great deal in private practice,” writes Andrea Lee Negroni, Of Counsel at BuckleySandler LLP. Her advice includes understanding the importance of soft skills, studying up on the leadership at your firm, tracking your achievements regularly, and nurturing others. Read the full article here 

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Events and Opportunities of Interest

WHEN YOUR OPPOSING COUNSEL IS A [CENSORED]: Washington, D.C. or online - August 8, 2017 | 2 credit hours 

Click here for more information and to register.


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BASIC NEGOTIATION SKILLS WORKSHOP: Washington, D.C. or online - August 22, 2017 | 5.5 credit hours 

Click here for more information and to register.

WHAT EVERY TRANSACTION LAWYER SHOULD KNOW: Webinar - August 23, 2017 | 1.5 credit hours 

Click here for more information and to register. 


Click here for more information and to register. 

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If you have questions about the Pathfinder Program, email Program Coordinator Walt Lohmann or Program Director Lori Lorenzo. If you have questions, suggestions, or submissions for Pathways for Pathfinders, email Communications Specialist Caitlin Puffenberger

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