For enabling more than 280 1L Scholars to participate in challenging summer internships, LCLD would like to thank the 130 LCLD Member organizations and non-Member partnering organizations for hosting these up-and-coming attorneys. Click here to see the full list of participating organizations.

We'd like to extend a special thank you to Cozen O'Connor P.C., Littler Mendelson P.C., Reed Smith LLP, and Walmart Inc., which served as sponsors of the 2018 1L LCLD Scholars Summit, May 22-24, 2018 in Philadelphia. We would also like to thank the LCLD attorney volunteers who conducted the Scholars' mock interviews, which were hosted at Reed Smith. There were 238 Scholars in attendance, 150 of which participated in mock interviews.

During the summit, LCLD President Robert Grey opened the meeting, which included several small breakout sessions led by LCLD Fellows Alumni and industry experts on legal practice areas, judicial clerkships, practicing in house, and using a law degree in business and other non-practicing positions.

Additionally, Scholars had several networking opportunities and learned ways to navigate their internships and the early years of their practice, strategies for overcoming bias in the workplace, and how to engage with professionals across generations. Scroll below to learn more about the summit agenda and view photos.

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


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception
Meet and greet—come as you are, and pick up your name tag. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided. 


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

7:00 - 8:00 am

Breakfast at the Sheraton

8:00 - 8:30 am

Welcome (Watch "Advice to 1L Scholars from Fellows Alumni" Video Here)
Robert J. Grey, Jr., President, LCLD
Nancy Richardson, Program Manager, LCLD

8:30 - 9:25 am

Breakout Session 1: Practice Group Areas Led by LCLD Fellows

Corporate: Saminaz Akhter, Partner, Blank Rome LLP; 2015 Fellow  |  Amy Tarr, Assistant General Counsel, Exelon Corporation; 2014 Fellow

Data Privacy: Vanessa Allen Sutherland, Chairperson and Board Member, U.S. Chemical Safety Board; 2011 Fellow 

Litigation: Marissa Parker, Partner, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP; 2016 Fellow  |  Alicia N. Ritchie, Principal, Miles & Stockbridge P.C.; 2015 Fellow

White Collar Crime/Criminal: Neuman “Larry” Leverett, Sr. Compliance Counsel, Anti-Corruption and Investigations, Johnson Controls; 2015 Fellow  |  Christine Wechsler Rayer, Elliott Greenleaf & Siedzikowski, PC; 2017 Fellow

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Mock Interviews Hosted at Reed Smith LLP
A shuttle will run between the Sheraton and Reed Smith approximately every 30 minutes, beginning at 8:30 am and ending at 4:00 pm. Lunch will be provided at the firm from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Reed Smith is located at Three Logan Square, 1717 Arch Street, Suite 3100, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

9:35 - 10:30 am

Breakout Session 2: Practice Group Areas Led by LCLD Fellows
Session options are Corporate, Data Privacy, Litigation, and White Collar Crime/Criminal.

10:30 - 10:45 am

Snack Break

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Breakout Sessions: Exploring Law

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

Practicing In-House: Melissa Lauderdale-Ward, Asst. General Counsel, Exelon Corporation; 2017 Fellow  |  Wanda Richards, Sr. Counsel, PNC Financial Services Group; 2014 Fellow

Business/Non-Practicing Positions: Dionne M. King, CEO & Strategic Consultant, DMK Consults LLC  |  Monica Parham, Diversity, Inclusion, and Talent Consultant, M.G. Parham Consulting

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch at Reed Smith LLP (for Scholars with interviews from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm)

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel (for all other Scholars)

1:00 - 4:30 pm

Networking Exercise

4:30 - 4:45 pm

Snack Break

4:45 - 6:15 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

6:15 - 6:30 pm


6:30 - 6:45 pm

Meet in Sheraton Lobby for Networking Activity
Busses will leave promptly at 6:45 pm

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Networking Activity: Bowling at North Bowl
Food and beverages will be provided and casual attire is recommended, especially socks. North Bowl is located at 909 North 2nd Street Philadelphia, PA 19123. Transportation back to the Sheraton will be provided.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

8:00 - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast at the Sheraton

9:00 - 10:30 am

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

10:30 - 10:45 am

2018 1L Scholars Group Photo

10:45 - 11:00 am

Coffee & Snack Break

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Diversity in Practice
Dr. Arin Reeves, President, Nextions

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Diversity in Practice Panel Discussion
Ahmed Davis, Principal, Management Committee Member, and National Chair of the Fish & Richardson Diversity Initiative, Fish & Richardson P.C.
Michelle Lipkowitz, Partner; Diversity & Inclusion Partner; Baltimore Office Vice-Managing Partner; and Vice-Chair, White Collar and Government Litigation, Saul Ewing LLP; 2014 Fellow
Kassem Lucas, Partner; Partner in Charge of Diversity; Associates and Hiring Committee Member; and Trial and Dispute Resolution Practice Group Associates Progress Committee Member, Pepper Hamilton LLP; 2011 Fellow
Marilyn McClure-Demers, VP, Assoc. General Counsel, Nationwide Insurance Company; 2014 Fellow
Moderated by Dr. Arin Reeves, President, Nextions 

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Networking Lunch

2:00 - 3:30 pm

Early Preparation on Your Trajectory to Leadership
Tanguy de Carbonniéres, Deputy General Counsel, Legal Department, Fannie Mae; 2014 Fellow
Walt Lohmann, Of Counsel, Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Special Projects Coordinator, LCLD
Reginald A. Long, Co-Managing Partner, Love and Long LLP; LCLD Member
Lisa D. Love, Co-Managing Partner, Love and Long LLP; LCLD Member
Moderated by John Mitchell, “The Purple Coach” and Owner, KM Advisors, LLC

3:30 - 3:45 pm

Closing Remarks
Nancy Richardson, Program Manager, LCLD

3:45 pm

Snacks to Go

Please see below for a detailed, PDF version of the agenda, as well as other resources.

Photo Gallery

Photography by Jay Haas