Here at LCLD, we are thankful for all of the hard work that you have done to help us fulfill our mission this year, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with you in the year ahead! Our monthly LCLD INSIDER newsletter is for you, and we welcome yourfeedback and ideas, as well as any news you might be interested in passing along. 

-Robert Grey, Executive Director

In This Issue:

  • Select Your 2014 LCLD Fellow: Current Fellows and Alumni Explain the Value of the Program
  • The LCLD Board of Directors Needs Your Suggestions
  • Submit Your 2014 LCLD Programs & Activities Checklist Today
  • LCLD Members and Fellows Discuss Recent Leadership Lunches
  • Register Your Organization to Participate in the 2014 1L Scholars Program
  • It May Be Cold Outside, But the Heat Is On for LCLD Fellows and Fellows Alumni!
  • In the News
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Seeking Seconded Attorney to Work in Global eCommerce Office

Select Your 2014 LCLD Fellow: Current Fellows and Alumni Explain the Value of the Program

Watch the brief video below to see Fellows explain the value of the Fellows Program.

Click here
 to select your 2014 Fellow or to learn more about the program. You can also plan to attend the Fellows Program Informational Call, January 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm EST (call-in number: 877-294-8214, access code: 5075876#).
January 17, 2014 is the deadline to submit 2014 Fellows nominations. 

For immediate questions, please contact Lori Lorenzo, LCLD Deputy Director.

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The LCLD Board of Directors Needs Your Suggestions

As we head into a brand new year, the LCLD Board of Directors would like to hear suggestions you may have for LCLD or LCLD Member opportunities. The board will review and discuss your feedback during the LCLD Board of Directors Meeting, which will take place January 28-29, 2014. Please submit your suggestions through our brief survey by January 15, 2014.


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Submit Your 2014 LCLD Programs & Activities Checklist Today

We thank all of our Members and Member organizations that have participated in LCLD programs this year--and we're excited to find out which LCLD activities you would like to be involved next year. Don't forget to submit your 2014 LCLD Programs & Activities Checklist online! For questions, please contact Jennifer Denton, LCLD Membership & Operations Manager.

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LCLD Members and Fellows Discuss Recent Leadership Lunches 

Since the program's inception in September 2012, over 40 LCLD Members have spoken at LCLD Leadership Lunches. These intimate lunches, attended by 10-15 Fellows, provide an opportunity for one General Counsel and one Managing Partner to share their personal journeys, as well as insight into how diversity and inclusion are integrated into their respective organizations. The feedback from these events has been overwhelmingly positive. 

One recent lunch was hosted by Starbucks in Seattle, WA. The lunch began with a coffee cupping, which is the practice of observing the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee. LCLD Fellows then sat down to lunch with Lucy Helm, General Counsel for Starbucks, and Charles Riley, Managing Partner of Lane Powell. 

Another Leadership Lunch was hosted in Washington, D.C. Carter Phillips, of Sidley Austin, and Kirkland Hicks, of Towers Watson, spoke at the lunch. As James Commons, a 2013 Fellow from McDermott Will & Emery, remarked, "I thoroughly enjoyed the November 12th Leadership Lunch in Washington, D.C. Both of the luncheon speakers shared insightful comments on the defining characteristics of an effective leader and offered their perspectives on navigating the rigorous demands of the legal profession. Although the luncheon lasted only an hour, the speakers made excellent use of their time and were able to impart knowledge on a variety of pertinent topics." 

The most recent Leadership Lunch was hosted by Holland & Knight at their Miami office. Charles Joseph, General Counsel for Florida Blue, was one of the speakers for this lunch. Following the lunch, he commented, "The Fellows are a highly talented group and LCLD is fortunate to have them and their respective organizations as members helping to advance diversity in the legal profession. Although Florida Blue has only been a member for less than two years, we are glad to be a part of this important work and remain committed to helping drive it." 

The next Leadership Lunch will be hosted by Southern California Edison and Baker & McKenzie in Rosemead, CA on December 12, 2013. 

If you are interested in speaking at a Leadership Lunch in 2014, please email

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Register Your Organization to Participate in the 2014 1L Scholars Program 

Click here to confirm your organization's commitment to participating in the 2014 1L LCLD Scholars Program or to learn more. February 10, 2014 is the deadline to register your organization to participate in the 1L Scholars Program. For immediate questions, please email

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It May Be Cold Outside, But the Heat Is On for LCLD Fellows and Fellows Alumni!

The friendly competition heats up as the LCLD Fellows Month of Service approaches its final weeks. LCLD Fellows and Fellows Alumni continue to be out and about from coast to coast impacting their local communities by organizing food drives and toy collection efforts. Organized through a collaborative effort of the LCLD Fellows Alumni Community Outreach and the Regional Committees, planning for this nationwide event has been underway for several months. Be sure to check your January LCLD INSIDER when we will "crown" the community service winners!

Click here to read about how the LCLD Fellows Month of Service got started.

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In the News

Mark D. Roellig, LCLD Board Member, and Executive Vice President and General Counsel of MassMutual Financial Group, was the subject of InsideCounsel magazine's December 2013 cover story. In the article, Roellig discusses the concepts and challenges of executive leadership.

The Washington Post recently featured various LCLD affiliates in an article about their participation in a pilot sponsorship program for diverse attorneys in efforts to increase their representation of leadership in the legal industry. These LCLD affiliates include many from LCLD Member law firm Crowell & Moring LLP: Ellen Dwyer, Managing Partner and LCLD Member; Kent Gardiner, Chairman; and Astor Heaven, Counsel and 2012 LCLD Fellow. LCLD Member corporation Bristol-Myers Squibb was also featured. These two organizations have joined 16 others in the pilot program partnership with the Center for Talent Innovation.

LCLD Member law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP was one of three firms to receive The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's (NAPABA) inaugural "Law Firm Diversity Award" during the organization's annual convention on November 7-10. The awards "celebrate law firm successes in recognizing the potential, supporting the promise and raising the influence of Asian Pacific American lawyers." 

NAPABA also recognized two LCLD Fellows as members of their "2013 Best Lawyers Under 40 Award": Jason DeJonker, 2013 Fellow and Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and John Park, 2011 Fellow and Partner, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP.

Dwight Yoo, 2013 LCLD Fellow and Partner at Skadden, was among the recipients of the Council of Urban Professionals' (CUP) "CUP Catalysts: Change Agent in Law Awards" at its 4th Annual Lawyers Forum. CUP Catalysts celebrates the accomplishments of leaders across the legal services sector who have achieved extraordinary success in law and have driven economic growth for their organizations, while simultaneously making a significant impact on their community and contributing to the greater good through nonprofit or public sector service, mentorship, and philanthropy. Other honorees included U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, Xerox Corporation General Counsel Don Liu, and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill.

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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Seeking Seconded Attorney to Work in Global eCommerce Office

Job Description:
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is looking for a Global eCommerce (GeC) lawyer to handle transactional issues for and GeC during a six-month secondment, which will begin February 1, 2014 and end July 31, 2014. The attorney would handle agreements covering merchandising, marketing, logistics, and technology. Additional areas of focus would include working on compliance programs for GeC in the U.S. and internationally. The seconded attorney would work directly with GeC compliance lawyer and the GeC compliance team to set up and run compliance programs and would also assist the ethical sourcing team on process implementation. 

Minimum of two years transactional experience required. Some compliance and technology experience helpful. IP and patent experience helpful. Team player who can handle a fast-paced and diverse work load. 

Please contact Gretchen Bellamy at if you are interested in learning more.

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