The Fifth Annual 1L LCLD Scholars Summit was held May 28-30, 2015, at the W Dallas-Victory Hotel in Dallas, Texas, where nearly 175 1L Scholars from around the country met for three days of intensive career orientation, professional development, and networking.

The sessions, described in the agenda below, were designed to prepare the Scholars for their summer internships at LCLD Member organizations—an important first step towards a career in the law.

Highlights of the curriculum included a report on the legal job market from Jim Liepold, Executive Director of the National Association of Legal Professionals; a panel discussion on "Secrets to Sucess" with a number of high-profile LCLD Fellows Alumni; and a special session, "Advice to my Former Self," led by Susan Blount (photo, above), an LCLD Board member and the Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Prudential Financial, Inc.

For more information on the 1L LCLD Scholars program, visit our online Scholars portal or contact Program Manager Nancy Richardson.

See below for links to speaker materials, as well as a gallery of photos from the event. You may also download the full summit agenda, visit the NALP Directory of Legal Employers, and download LCLD's "12 Months of Diversity & Inclusion Opportunities" resource using links in the "Resources" section below.



Thursday, May 28

9:00  – 10:00 AM


10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Mock Interviews
Hosted at the Jones Day Dallas Office

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Grab and Go Lunch

4:30 - 5:00 PM

Welcome & Orientation
Lori L. Lorenzo, Program Director, LCLD

5:00 – 7:00 PM

Session 1: Which Generation is Your Lens? The Importance of Generational Perceptions in Developing Workplace Behaviors
Chris De Santis, Specialist in Management and Organization Development

7:30 – 9:00 PM

Welcome Reception
Remarks by Robert Grey, President, LCLD, during a Texas-themed reception

Friday, May 29

8:00 – 9:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 AM

Session 2: A Look Into the Future
Jim Leipold, Executive Director, National Association for Law Placement (NALP)

10:30 – 10:45 AM


10:45 – 11:45 AM

Session 3: Breakout Sessions: Exploring Law

Judicial Clerkships
Amy Killoran, Assistant Director of Judicial Clerkships, Georgetown University Law Center; NALP Judicial Clerkship Committee Chair
Laura Ramsey, Director, Programs, Just the Beginning Foundation

Federal and State Government
Lisa Abram, Senior Counsel, J.C. Penney Corporation, Inc.; 2011 LCLD Fellow
James Ho, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; 2013 LCLD Fellow
Tigerron Wells, Government Affairs Liaison, Municipal Association of South Carolina; 2011 LCLD Fellow

Business/Non-Practicing Positions
Lori L. Lorenzo, Program Director, LCLD
Trace Northcross, Assistant General Counsel, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Bruce E. L. M. Strothers, Managing Counsel, The Coca-Cola Company; 2012 LCLD Fellow

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Networking Lunch

12:45 – 1:45 PM

Session 4: Secrets to Success
Paula Aguila, Partner, Rivero Mestre LLP; 2013 LCLD Fellow
Valeria Chapa Garza, General Counsel, Latin America, Honeywell International Inc.; 2013 LCLD Fellow
James Ho, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; 2013 LCLD Fellow
Dimple Shah, Partner, Bowman & Brooke LLP; 2012 LCLD Fellow
William Toles, Partner, Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo LLP; 2014 LCLD Fellow

Shaun Willie, Senior Counsel, Macy's, Inc.; 2012 LCLD Fellow

1:45 – 3:15 PM

Session 5: Breakout Sessions: LCLD Fellows
Led by Fellows who spoke in the previous session

3:15 – 3:30 PM

Networking & Snack Break

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Session 6: Brand Basics
Jason Levin, Founder and Career & Business Coach, Ready, Set, Launch, LLC

4:30 – 6:00 PM

Networking Break

6:00 – 7:30 PM

Networking Reception

Saturday, May 30

8:00 – 9:00 AM

Closing Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 AM

Session 7: Advice to My Former Self 
Susan Blount, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Prudential Financial, Inc.; LCLD Board Member
Walter Lohmann, Of Counsel, Kirkland & Ellis LLP; City Lead, LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Thanos Matthai, Associate, DLA Piper

Sam Megally, Partner, K&L Gates LLP 

10:30 – 10:45 AM

Closing Remarks
Lori L. Lorenzo

Photo Gallery

Photography by Joe Mahoney.