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:

  • Attend the Mid-Year CLE Seminar on Generational Diversity
  • It's Time to Register Your 1L Scholars
  • Welcome, New Members!
  • Soham Naik, 2012 Fellow, Becomes General Counsel
  • 2014 Fellows Class Largest in LCLD History
  • Recent Leadership Lunches
  • In the News
  • Walmart Secondment Opportunities: Legal Realty; and Merchandising, Marketing, and Supply Chain

Attend the Mid-Year CLE Seminar on Generational Diversity


Join Chris De Santis, a specialist in management and organizational development, for Building Competitive Teams: Embracing Generational Diversity. This three-hour CLE seminar will take place Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 9 am to 12 pm (PDT), via an in-person meeting in San Francisco, CA and a live webcast for those who are unable to attend in person.

LCLD Member organization panelists will include Paul Jones, General Counsel and Secretary, Harley-Davidson; Genhi Givings Bailey, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, DLA Piper; and Gabriel Martinez, Corporate Counsel, The Clorox Company. We encourage you to share this invitation with your lawyers, recruiting/HR staff, and summer associates!

Click here to register to attend. For questions, please contact Louise Bald.

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It's Time to Register Your 1L Scholars


We're looking forward to another wonderful group of 1L Scholars joining us at the Scholars Retreat, June 5-7 in Dallas, TX. Please take a moment to provide your 1L Scholar(s)' name and contact information by clicking here. This will allow LCLD to know who's joining us for the retreat, and provide important information to the Scholars.

Thank you to the 70 Member organizations that have already registered to participate in the LCLD 1L Scholars Program this year. If you haven't yet registered your organization, it is not too late--please click here to do so.

For questions, please contact Louise Bald.

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Welcome, New Members!


Robert M. Dell, Chair & Managing Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP. Latham & Watkins is a global law firm with more than 2,000 lawyers in its offices located in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the U.S. The firm has internationally recognized practices in a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate, and regulatory areas. The firm's success is grounded in devotion to the collaborative process, which reaches across global offices and practices and draws upon deep subject matter expertise, an abiding commitment to teamwork, and a powerful tradition of creative lawyering.

Ivan K. Fong, Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel, 3M Company. 3M is a global innovation company that never stops inventing. Over the years, its innovations have improved daily life for hundreds of millions of people all over the world. 3M has made driving at night easier; made buildings safer; and made consumer electronics lighter, less energy-intensive, and less harmful to the environment. The company even helped put a man on the moon. Every day at 3M, one idea always leads to the next, igniting momentum to make progress possible around the world.

Patricia Hatler, Chief Legal Officer, Nationwide Insurance Company. Nationwide offers a full range of insurance products including insurance and financial services for your home, car, family, and financial security. With more than $161 billion in statutory assets, Nationwide is one of the largest insurance and financial services companies in the world.

Larry Hunter, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, DIRECTV Group. DIRECTV is one of the world's leading providers of digital television entertainment services delivering a premium video experience through state-of-the-art technology, unmatched programming, and industry leading customer service to more than 32 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America.

Gregory Nitzkowski, Managing Partner, Paul Hastings LLP.
Paul Hastings is a leading international law firm that provides innovative legal solutions to many of the world's top financial institutions and Fortune Global 500 companies. With a strong presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S., Paul Hastings has the global reach and extensive capabilities to provide personalized service.

James M. Rishwain, Jr. James M. Rishwain, Jr., Firm Chair, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Pillsbury is a full-service law firm with market-leading strengths in the energy, financial services, real estate, and technology sectors. Based in the world's major financial, technology, and energy centers, Pillsbury counsels clients on global business, regulatory, and litigation matters. Pillsbury attorneys work in multidisciplinary teams that allow them to understand clients' objectives, anticipate trends, and bring a 360-degree perspective to complex business and legal issues.

J. Michael Wilder, Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, Marathon Petroleum Corporation. Headquartered in Findlay, OH, Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC), together with its subsidiaries, including Marathon Petroleum Company LP, Speedway LLC, and MPLX LP, is one of the largest petroleum product refiners, marketers, and transporters in the U.S. MPC is the nation's fourth-largest refiner and the largest refiner in the Midwest. MPC's refining, marketing, and transportation operations are concentrated primarily in the Midwest, Gulf Coast, and Southeast regions of the U.S.

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Soham Naik, 2012 Fellow, Becomes General Counsel


LCLD is proud to announce that Soham Naik, 2012 Fellow, has become General Counsel at Marubeni-Itochu Tubulars America Inc. in Houston, TX. He was previously an attorney at LCLD Member law firm Bracewell & Giuliani LLP. Congratulations, Soham!

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2014 Fellows Class Largest in LCLD History


LCLD's Talent Development Committee is proud to announce that 181 attorneys have been selected as 2014 LCLD Fellows. They join the classes of 2011, 2012, and 2013 as participants in one of most comprehensive legal talent development programs in the country. This is the largest class of Fellows yet for LCLD, which launched in 2011 with a class of 119.

The 2014 Fellows will have their first in-person meeting in Dallas, March 21-23, 2014, to begin their year-long Fellowship. They will have opportunities to network with the 2013 Fellows, who will meet in Dallas for their graduation meeting, March 20-22, 2014.

Click here to read more about the 2014 Fellows.

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Recent Leadership Lunches


We'd like to thank our Members who have recently hosted and spoken at Leadership Lunches as part of the LCLD Fellows program:

  • David Brinley, General Counsel of Shell Oil Company, and Wade Cooper, Managing Partner of Jackson Walker LLP. The lunch was hosted by Jackson Walker on March 3, 2014 in Austin, TX.
  • Ben Adams, Managing Partner of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, and Wes Blumenshine, General Counsel of Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation. The lunch was hosted by Baker Donelson on March 7, 2014 in Atlanta, GA.

If you'd like to learn more about speaking at a Leadership Lunch, please contact Stephanie Uzel.

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In the News


Brad Smith, LCLD Board Chair and General Counsel of Microsoft, and Microsoft's Department of Legal and Corporate Affairs were honored with the Pro Bono Institute's (PBI) 2014 Laurie D. Zelon Pro Bono Award for their outstanding commitment to pro bono legal services. The team was presented with the award on March 6 at the PBI Annual Conference Reception at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Bill Simonitsch, 2012 LCLD Fellow, Partner at K&L Gates LLP, and President of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), recently authored an opinion piece in THE HILL Congress Blog in support of marriage equality.

Fifteen LCLD Member organizations have joined the new Out Leadership initiative. Out Leadership, a pioneering model for cross-industry senior leadership collaboration to develop forward thinking initiatives to leverage LGBT opportunities, officially launched on February 24. Out Leadership serves as a global organization that enables top executives and senior leaders in financial services, law, and insurance to come together and engage in initiatives that impact business results, develop talent, and drive LGBT equality forward. Read the press release here. The following Member organizations have joined:

  • Bank of America Corporation (Bank of America Merrill Lynch)
  • Clearly Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • Covington & Burlington LLP
  • General Electric Company (GE Capital)
  • Jenner & Block
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • McDermott, Will & Emery LLP
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Paul, Weiss Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Prudential Financial, Inc.
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • Wells Fargo & Company 

If you have any news or honors that are relevant to LCLD Members,
please email Jessica Smith.

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Walmart Secondment Opportunities: Legal Realty; and Merchandising, Marketing, and Supply Chain


Merchandising, Marketing, and Supply Chain Secondment Description:

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is seeking a seconded diverse lawyer to support the Merchandising, Marketing, and Supply Chain functions of the company's Walmart U.S. and Sam's Club Divisions. The daily work will vary greatly, but will include negotiation and drafting for sophisticated commercial transactions, general contract work, regulatory advice, marketing and advertising issues, policy interpretation, basic IP advice, limited antitrust advice, consumer complaints, inquiries from Attorneys General offices and consumer advocacy groups, and other issues impacting day-to-day operations.


Minimum of five years transactional experience required. Merchandising, marketing, retail, and/or consumer products experience is helpful. The successful candidate will be a team player who can handle a fast-paced and diverse work load.

The Company will provide a $10k/month stipend and the firm would be responsible for any additional costs. Secondment will last for a total of six months at the corporate headquarters for Walmart and Sam's Club in Northwest Arkansas.

The desired start date is as soon as possible. Please send letter of interest and resume to Gretchen Bellamy, Assistant General Counsel--Legal Administration & External Relations. 


Legal Realty Department Secondment Description:

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is seeking a seconded diverse attorney to support the Legal Realty team. The daily work will vary greatly, but will include handling projects that reflect the business clients' current strategies. This position will be responsible for identifying, assessing, and managing risks and resources while promoting and supporting company policies, procedures, mission, values, and standards of ethics and integrity. The attorney will supervise all aspects of complex commercial real estate transactions related to new store construction for Walmart Realty while managing outside counsel relating to same. Also, the attorney will manage entitlement and land use issues relating to commercial real estate development, environmental/hazardous materials issues, as well as federal and state environmental requirements/best management practices, reporting to a Senior Associate General Counsel for Real Estate. Attorney will also work closely with Real Estate Directors and Project Managers, and will provide advice and counsel to directors and officer-level associates within the company where necessary.


Expertise of five or more years in negotiation and preparation of purchase agreements, ground leases, building leases, development agreements, easements, declarations and use restrictions, and related transactional documents is required. Team player who can handle a fast-paced and diverse work load.

Secondment will last for three months (with the possibility of extension for an additional three months if all parties agree) at the corporate headquarters located in Bentonville, Arkansas. For further details, or to submit your letter of interest and resume, please contact Gretchen Bellamy, Assistant General Counsel--Legal Administration & External Relations. Desired start date is April 1, 2014.

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