Welcome to the LCLD INSIDER, our monthly newsletter. This publication is for you, and we welcome your feedback and ideas, as well as any news you might be interested in passing along. Please share the INSIDER with your support staff, diversity directors, and marketing departments to keep them better informed about what LCLD is doing. 

-Robert Grey, Executive Director

In This Issue:

  • Register to Attend the Fourth Annual LCLD Membership Meeting
  • Mentors Needed for the 2013-2014 LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program
  • In the News

Register to Attend the Fourth Annual LCLD Membership Meeting

We invite LCLD Members and their invited guests to attend LCLD's Fourth Annual Membership Meeting, which will take place September 19, 2013 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC. Members and their guests are also invited to attend a reception the evening of September 18, 2013, which will be hosted by the LCLD Board of Directors.

During the event, Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of the provocative article, "Why Women Still Can't Have it All," in The Atlantic magazine, and Denise Keane, General Counsel of Altria Group, Inc., will engage in a conversation on "The Question of Leadership." The conversation will be followed by an interactive discussion with Teri McClure, General Counsel of UPS, and Stasia Kelly, Co-Managing Partner of DLA Piper, moderated byMichele Coleman Mayes, General Counsel of the New York Public Library.

Members will also get a chance to hear from experts about current numbers and unique trends in the legal profession. Experts include James Leipold, Executive Director of the National Association for Law Placement, Bob Nelson, Director and Research Chair of the American Bar Foundation, Macarena Tamayo-Calabrese, Executive Director of the National Association of Women Lawyers, and Joseph West, President & CEO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. The discussion will be moderated by Aric Press, Editor-in-Chief of American Lawyer Media.

Click here to view the full meeting agenda and register to attend.

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Mentors Needed for the 2013-2014 LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program

Since the winter of 2012, the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program has matched more than 1,400 Mentor attorneys to an equal number of students in more than 30 cities across the U.S. As the program continues to grow, we encourage you and members of your organization to get involved in the upcoming program, which will launch in the fall of 2013.

  • For more information about the program and what is expected of participants, please visit the LCLD website here.
  • For information about the cities where we are seeking Mentor attorneys, please visit the LCLD website here.
  • Finally, to enroll as a Mentor or to enroll Mentors from your organization, please visit the attorney enrollment page.

If you have questions about the program or about enrollment, please contact Sarah Wintle.

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In the News 

Rick Palmore, LCLD Founder; immediate past Chair of the LCLD Board of Directors; and Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Compliance and Risk Management Officer of General Mills Inc.; and Robert Grey, LCLD Executive Director, were featured in two articles about LCLD. Click here to read the first article in the Profiles in Diversity JournalClick here to read the second article in The American Lawyer magazine, which also includes some thoughts from Brad Smith, LCLD Board Chair Elect and Microsoft General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs.

Teresa Sebastian, LCLD Member and Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Darden Restaurants Inc., was interviewed by Diversity & the Bar magazine.The interview focuses on what Darden is doing to increase diversity among the mediators and arbitrators who participate in the company's Dispute Resolution Process, which was developed in 1996 to fairly and effectively resolve employment claims between the company and its employees.

Ben Wilson, LCLD Member and Managing Principal of Beveridge & Diamond, PC, will be honored with the American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources Dedication to Di­versity and Justice Award for his work on the Howard University Partners for Diversity and Leadership in Environmental Law Program. He will receive the award along with Quentin Pair and Nicholas Targ at the ABA Annual Meeting on Sunday, August 11, 2013.

Beveridge & Diamond, PC, an LCLD Member law firm, has been honored with the prestigious Thomas L. Sager Award from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. The firm received the award for increasing its percentage of women principals from 24 percent to 33 percent, including three minority women principals; raising the percentage of minority associates from six percent to 24 percent; and promoting its first minority Managing Principal, Ben Wilson, who accepted the award on behalf of the firm.

LCLD Member corporation General Mills' "Partners in Diversity" initiative received anInnovations Award (Award of Excellence) from the Profiles in Diversity Journal. General Mills' initiative assesses diversity at outside law firms and directs spending to those firms that share a commitment to diversity.

Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP (GSH), an LCLD Member law firm, has been named a Premier Provider for Legal and Corporate Affairs by Microsoft Corporation, an LCLD Member corporation. GSH is the only minority-owned firm among the 12 law firms currently participating in Microsoft's Premier Provider Program, which controls a significant share of the software giant's annual legal work and budget. It is also one of the smallest providers in the program. Nearly three-quarters of GSH's attorneys are women or minorities. Learn more from the GSH press release or read the article in Corporate Counsel.

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