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:

  • Welcome, New Members!
  • Highlights from the Fourth Annual LCLD Membership Meeting
  • The Procter & Gamble Company to Host LCLD Fellows Learning Experience
  • Host a Fellows Leadership Lunch in 2014
  • LCLD Fellows Community Service Month
  • Walmart Secondment Opportunity
  • In the News

Welcome, New Members!

Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP - Daniel S. Ebenstein, Managing Partner
Husch Blackwell LLP - Maurice A. Watson, Chairman

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Highlights from the Fourth Annual LCLD Membership Meeting

The Fourth Annual LCLD Membership Meeting, which was held September 19, 2013 in Washington, DC, brought together hundreds of LCLD Members, Fellows, and honored guests in a series of productive, high-energy sessions that covered a range of issues related to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Click here to view photos and materials from the meeting. The event was also highlighted in The National Law Journal.

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The Procter & Gamble Company to Host LCLD Fellows Learning Experience
By George Leal, 2013 LCLD Fellow

The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), an LCLD Member corporation, and Dinsmore & Shohl, an LCLD Member firm, will host more than 30 LCLD Fellows from the Class of 2013 at their Cincinnati headquarters October 21-22, 2013. The event will kick off October 21 with a welcome dinner at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and opening remarks from Steve Jemison, former Chief Legal Officer of P&G. The dinner at the Freedom Center will be followed by a networking cocktail reception hosted by Frost Brown Todd, an LCLD Member firm, at the Christian Moerlein Lager House. 

The following day, the event will feature a discussion with Deborah Majoras, Chief Legal Officer of P&G and Talent Development Committee Chair for LCLD, and fireside chats with Mark Biegger, Chief Human Resources Officer, and Libby Rutherford, Vice President and General Counsel, Global Compliance and Global Go-To-Market. The Fellows will also have the benefit of two panel discussions: one among Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Building Officer; Ken Patel, Vice President and General Counsel Global Commerce; and Jodi Allen, Vice President-US Operations and Marketing, North America; and another among Joe Heyd, Associate General Counsel-Director-Global Litigation, and external attorneys from Dinsmore and Frost Brown. The topics of discussion include unconventional leadership; P&G's perspective on leadership, talent development, and diversity contributions; and leaders' expectations of counsel, both in-house and external. Additionally, the Fellows will be treated to a tour of the P&G Archives to learn about the history of The Procter & Gamble Company. 

Click here to view the agenda for The Procter & Gamble Company Learning Experience. If you would like to host a Learning Experience in 2014, please contact Louise Bald.

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Host a Fellows Leadership Lunch in 2014

In 2012, LCLD's Partnerships & Teams Committee launched the Leadership Lunch program. A Leadership Lunch is a unique opportunity for LCLD Fellows to interact with law firm and corporate LCLD Members in a small group setting over lunch (or breakfast). The objective is to provide an opportunity for one General Counsel and one Managing Partner to share their personal journeys, as well as insight into how diversity is managed in their organizations, with the LCLD Fellows.

We would like to extend an invitation to Members to participate in a Leadership Lunch in your region in 2014. In addition to providing an opportunity to assist in the professional development of LCLD Fellows, Leadership Lunches facilitate new relationships between the participating General Counsel and Managing Partner.

We anticipate that participation in a Leadership Lunch would require no more than one hour of advance preparation and no more than two hours of time on the day of the event. If you would like to participate in a Leadership Lunch in your region, please email Louise Bald.

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LCLD Fellows Community Service Month
LCLD Fellows across the nation will gather together and give back to their communities the entire month of November. Led by Fellows Regional Committee Chair and 2012 LCLD Fellow, Aja Sae-Kung, members of the Fellows Regional Committee have been charged with organizing a local toy or canned food drive in each of the seven LCLD Fellows regions. A healthy competition will take place among the Fellows as each region tries to collect the most food and toys. Regional Committee members have their work cut out for them, but the end result will be worth it. Families across the nation will have more food and toys this holiday season thanks to the efforts of the LCLD Fellows.

Several LCLD Fellows worked together to make the inaugural LCLD Fellows Community Service Month idea into a reality. The masterminds behind the idea were Vanessa Allen Sutherland, 2011 LCLD Fellow, and Catalina Vergara, 2012 LCLD Fellow. They presented the idea to Fellows Alumni on a conference call, who engaged in subsequent conference calls to plan the service month as an initiative for Fellows to bond, increase awareness of LCLD, and give back to their communities. Ron Sia, 2012 LCLD Fellow and Chair of the Fellows Alumni Outreach Committee, led the Outreach Committee to help the organizers hone in on the details of the initiative. Sia's committee also came up with the canned food drive and toy drive idea.

Stay tuned and please be sure to check the Fellows website for updates and progress on this nationwide event! Read full article.

To learn more about the event, please contact Courtney Nolde, LCLD Program Manager.

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Walmart Secondment Opportunity
LCLD Member corporation Walmart has a six-month secondment opening beginning February 1, 2014 and ending July 31, 2014. The selection process will begin in early November 2013. For more information, please contact Gretchen Bellamy, Assistant General Counsel, Walmart.

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In the News

Three LCLD Members were featured in the Minority Corporate Counsel Association's (MCCA) 14th Annual General Counsel SurveyLaura Stein, LCLD Vice Chair, and SVP and General Counsel, The Clorox Company; Teresa W. Roseborough, LCLD Member, and EVP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, The Home Depot, Inc.; and Larry D. Thompson, LCLD Member, and EVP Government Affairs, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, PepsiCo, Inc.

Sandra Leung, LCLD At Large Vice President, and SVP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, was named the winner of the Association of Corporate Counsel's 2013 Excellence in Corporate Practice Award.

John W. Daniels, Jr., LCLD Board Member, and Chairman of LCLD Member firm Quarles & Brady, received the 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) September 11, 2013 at the NBMBAA's 35th Annual Conference & Exposition in Houston, TX. 

One LCLD Member and three LCLD Fellows were named on the Profiles in Diversity Journal's latest Women Worth Watching list. Click the following links to read profiles on each of these leaders: Kim Koopersmith, LCLD Member, and Chairperson, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Angela Crawford, 2012 LCLD Fellow, and Partner, DLA Piper;Tara Elliott, 2012 LCLD Fellow, and Principal, Fish & Richardson P.C.; and Samaa Haridi, 2011 LCLD Fellow, and Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Thomas L. Sager, LCLD Member and SVP and General Counsel, DuPont, and Robert J. Grey, Jr., LCLD Executive Director, and Partner, Hunton & Williams, were quoted in an article that covered the National Roundtable on Diversity in the Legal Profession, hosted by Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis and the Philadelphia Bar Association September 10, 2013. The roundtable focused on how corporate and law firm leadership diversity is needed for global growth. 

Hanson Bridgett, an LCLD Member firm, received the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (APABA-SV) 2013 Beacon Award for Diversity at APABA-SV's annual scholarship and awards dinner on October 4, 2013 in Redwood City, CA. 

Four LCLD Member organizations were honored by MCCA at the 14th Annual Creating Pathways to Diversity Honors Gala, September 17, 2013 in New York City. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Pepper Hamilton LLP; and Prudential Financial receivedThe George B. Vashon Innovator Award, while Target Corporation received the Midwest Region 2013 Employer of Choice Award

LCLD and 27 LCLD Member organizations were named the Council on Legal Education Opportunity's (CLEO) inaugural William A. Blakey Diversity Pipeline Architects at CLEO's 45th Anniversary reception on September 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Editor's Note: Linda Lu, 2012 LCLD Fellow, was also recognized as a member of InsideCounsel's R-3 100, in addition to the three LCLD Fellows who were highlighted in the August/September 2013 LCLD INSIDER newsletter. Please click here to read the updated article.

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