Welcome to the LCLD INSIDER, our monthly newsletter to Members and supporters of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. This publication is for you, and we welcome your feedback and ideas, as well as any news you might be interested in passing along. We also encourage you to share the INSIDER with your support staff, diversity directors, and public relations and/or marketing departments to keep them better informed about what LCLD is doing. Thanks again for reading, and for your membership in LCLD.

-Robert Grey, Executive Director

2011 Annual Meeting Builds Success

More than 200 LCLD Members and guests, along with nearly 100 Fellows, attended the LCLD Annual Meeting September 14-16. Featuring guest speakers Newark Mayor Cory Booker and former Procter & Gamble Chair John Pepper, the meeting showcased theBUILD Initiative, designed to maximize the impact of our four strategic Committees and to successfully BUILD diversity within organizations.

Building a More Diverse Profession

For a recap of the Annual Meeting, see this article on the LCLD web site, which includes a selection of photographs to view or download. For a larger selection of Meeting photos, visit our Facebook page.

To see the exciting Year in Review video presented at the meeting, click here.

A Skyscraper of Good Ideas

One of the Meeting's highlights was a brainstorming session during which Members offered ideas and statements of commitment on BUILD IT cards. These ideas are now being indexed and analyzed, but shortly after the session Richmond, VA-based artistAlison Auth used the cards to create an 18-foot-high skyscraper symbolizing the aspirations of LCLD. To watch the work in progress, see this video.

Members Tool Kit

The Meeting also introduced new materials designed to help make the most of LCLD membership. One is a portfolio-style Members Tool Kit, which includes a set ofreference cards describing LCLD programs, copies of our new Brochure, and a web key that unlocks the new Members web site. Membership Chair Dennis Broderick will be sending copies of the Tool Kit to those who missed the meeting. If you'd like additional copies, contact Robert Grey at rgrey@lcldnet.com.

New Section of the Web Site for Members

Also introduced at the Annual Meeting was a new section of the LCLD web site that connects Members to vital, up-to-the-minute information about LCLD's mission, programs, and strategic Committees. You'll find Resource materials for your diversity directors and marketing/PR departments (including a downloadable Members Tool Kit), a new statistical snapshot of diversity in the profession called Trendlines, and a specialsection designed for new LCLD Members. To visit and bookmark this new site, click hereor simply navigate to it from our main site.

Thanks to the LCLD Working Group

LCLD owes a special thanks to members of the all-volunteer Working Group, a team of attorneys from member organizations who work hard to put LCLD's plans into action. Serving on the Working Group are Ann Munson Steines, Chair (Macy's), Anne Nielsen(Bristol-Myers Squibb), Autumn Huiras (General Mills), Robert Kayihura (Microsoft),Judith Itkin (Hunton & Williams), Richard Tom (Southern California Edison), and Fred McClure (DLA Piper).

Frank Burch, Legal Rebel

Congratulations to LCLD Board member Frank Burch (DLA Piper) on being named a Legal Rebel by the ABA Journal. In a recent article entitled "Empire Builder," the journal praised Burch's visionary leadership in making DLA Piper a truly global law firm, with 4,200 attorneys working in 30 countries.

Welcome a New Member!

In September LCLD added one new Member: Lane Powell PC of Washington state, Alaska, and London. Lane Powell's Managing Partner is Lewis Horowitz, who is based in Seattle.