This conference is designed for 2017 1L LCLD Scholars, who were individually selected by LCLD Member organizations in the spring and winter. The conference will take place Tuesday, May 23 - Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. The Summit will start on May 23 with mock interviews from 9:00am - 3:00pm ET, and end on May 25 at 11:30am ET.

This conference is sponsored in part by Duane Morris LLP and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

For questions about the 1L LCLD Scholars Program, please contact Nancy Richardson, LCLD Program Manager.


Please see below for an outline of the agenda. Speakers' slide presentations are now linked to their respective session titles in the outline below.

In the "Resources" section at the end of this page, please be sure to visit the NALP Directory of Legal Employers and review LCLD's "12 Months of Diversity & Inclusion Opportunties" resources.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

8:00 - 9:00 am

Breakfast at Sheraton in Hamilton (for Scholars with morning interviews)

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Mock Interviews Hosted by Duane Morris LLP

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch at Duane Morris LLP (for Scholars with interviews)

1:30 - 3:30 pm

Registration at the Sheraton 

3:30 - 4:30 pm

Robert J. Grey, Jr., President, LCLD

Orientation & Icebreaker (Linked: Orientation slides and "Fellows Advice to 1L Scholars" video)
Lori L. Lorenzo, Program Director, LCLD
Nancy Richardson, Program Manager, LCLD

4:30 -4:45 pm

Snack Break

4:45 - 5:45 pm

Diversity in Practice
Dr. Arin Reeves, President, Nextions

5:45 - 6:45 pm

Diversity in Practice Panel Discussion
Benjamin Kacher, Legal Counsel, BAE Systems; 2015 Fellow
Jin Liu, Shareholder, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A.; 2012 Fellow
Kassem Lucas, Partner, Pepper Hamilton, LLP; 2011 Fellow
Patricia B. Palacios, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP; 2012 Fellow
Robert Vlasis, Senior Attorney, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Moderated by Dr. Arin Reeves, President, Nextions

6:45 - 7:00 pm


7:00 - 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

8:00 - 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Brand Basics (Fellows' Branding Video)
Lori L. Lorenzo, Program Director, LCLD

10:30 - 11:00 am

Accountability Exercise

11:00 - 11:15 am

Coffee & Snack Break

11:15 am 12:30 pm

Breakout Sessions: Exploring Law

Judicial Clerkships 
Jocelyn Francoeur, Executive Director, Just The Beginning
The Honorable Julie S. Sneed, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Florida; 2011 LCLD Fellow

Practicing In-House 
Jacqueline Katzel, Assistant General Counsel, Honeywell; 2011 Fellow
Alicia Powell, Chief Counsel – Investment Advisers & Investment Companies, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.; 2014 Fellow
Federico Steegmann Zaforteza, Assistant General Counsel, Tyco International; 2016 Fellow

Business/Non-Practicing Positions 
Heather Hubbard, Speaker, Lawyer, Coach, and Change Maker, The Language of Joy; 2013 Fellow
Monica Parham, Diversity, Inclusion, and Talent Consultant

12:30 - 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Advice to My Former Self for Future Success
Demetra Liggins, Partner, Thompson & Knight LLP; 2012 Fellow; Co-Founder, Corporate Homie
Bemetra Simmons, Senior Private Banker, Wells Fargo; Co-Founder, Corporate Homie

3:00 - 3:15 pm

2017 1L Scholars Group Photo

3:15 - 3:30 pm

Coffee & Snack Break

3:30 - 4:45 pm

21st Century Leadership in the Law
Susan L. Blount, Adjunct Professor, University of Texas at Austin School of Law; Retired Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Prudential Financial; and Former LCLD Board Member
Lori L. Lorenzo, Program Director, LCLD

4:45 - 5:15 pm

Networking Break

5:15 - 5:30 pm

Meet in Lobby for Networking Activity

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Networking Activity (off site)


Thursday, May 25, 2017

8:00 - 9:00 am


9:00 am - 11:00 am

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

11:00 - 11:30 am

Closing Remarks
Nancy Richardson, Program Manager, LCLD

11:30 am

Snacks to Go

Download a detailed, PDF version of the agenda in the "Resources" section below.

Photo Gallery

Photography by Jay Haas