A record number of LCLD Members and Fellows met in Chicago on September 28 and 29 to build on the organization's success in developing programs and initiatives to advance diversity in the legal profession.

Called to action by President Robert Grey and Board Chairman Brad Smith, president of Microsoft Corporation, the Members enjoyed an LCLD recap video, "The Year in Review," then participated in a series of roundtable workshops, hosted by Member corporations, to add curricula for LCLD programs, expand regional initiatives, develop new pipeline partnerships, and communicate the core values of justice and the legal profession with a new generation of diverse talent.

Action ideas from those roundtable discussions will soon be posted here, or as a pdf for download, below.

Another highlight of the day came at lunch, when LCLD Members, invited guests, and the Fellows Class of 2015 listened as Martha Minow, Dean of Harvard Law School, delivered an eloquent keynote address entitled "What Really Makes a Difference? Vision and Action for Diversity in the Legal Profession." To see Dean Minow's speech, click here.

Watch this space for further updates, program notes, and information about the Sixth Annual Membership Meeting. 



September 28, 2015

5:30 pm

Opening Reception for Members, Guests, and Fellows                          
Hosted by the LCLD Board of Directors


September 29, 2015

7:00 am

Breakfast & The Year in Pictures

8:00 am

Welcome & Overview
Brad Smith, LCLD Board Chair, General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation

Year in Review (video)
Robert Grey, President, LCLD


8:30 am


Vision 2020: Ideas for Shaping the Future

Interactive General Counsel and Managing Partner Panel Discussion with:
Susan Blount, Prudential Financial, Inc.
N. Cornell Boggs, III, Dow Corning Corporation

Ellen Dwyer, Crowell & Morning LLP
Michael Harrington, Eli Lilly and Company
Brad Smith, Microsoft Corporation
Kurt Tunnell, Bricker & Eckler LLP
Benjamin Wilson, Beveridge & Diamond, PC

Moderated by Scott Westfahl, Director, Harvard Law School (HLS) Executive Education


10:00 am         

Coffee Break

10:15 am

Beyond Talent Development: Ideas for the Challenges Ahead

Table Discussions Led by the General Counsel and Representatives from:
3M Company
Allstate Insurance Company
Altria Group, Inc.
Boston Scientific Corporation
Dow Corning Corporation
Eli Lilly and Company
Fannie Mae

General Mills, Inc.
Harley-Davidson, Inc.
IBM Corporation
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Macy's, Inc.
MassMutual Financial Group
McDonald's Corporation

Microsoft Corporation
Morton Salt, Inc.
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Prudential Financial, Inc.
Southern California Edison
Starbucks Coffee Company
Target Corporation

The Chubb Corporation
The Clorox Company
United Airlines, Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Yum! Brands, Inc.

12:15 pm

Lunch & Keynote Speaker: What Really Makes a Difference? Vision and Action for Diversity in the Legal Profession (video; read the transcript here)
Martha Minow, Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

2015 LCLD Top Performers Slide Show


1:45 pm

Break-Out Sessions:

LCLD Member and Fellow Small Group Discussions

LCLD Member Building on the LCLD Diversity Agenda: Launching the Pathfinder Program
John Mitchell, Owner, KM Advisors

LCLD Diversity Professionals & Guests: A Focus on the Future of LCLD—A New Platform for Collaboration
Bill Henderson, Professor, Indiana University Maurer School of Law



3:15 pm

Member Appreciation Reception
Members, Guests, and Fellows are invited to attend



Click here to view a list of those who attended.

Photo Gallery

Photography by Joe Mahoney.