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 Member!
  • Cyndie Chang, 2011 LCLD Fellow, Named Managing Partner
  • The General Mills Learning Experience
  • Last Chance to Register Your 1L Scholars
  • Become a Mentor for the 2014-2015 LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program 
  • 2014 Fellows to be Announced in The American Lawyer and The National Law Journal 
  • Thank You to the Sponsors of the Third Annual LCLD Fellows Alumni Conference
  • Recent Leadership Lunches
  • In the News
  • Walmart Secondment Opportunity: Legal Realty

Welcome, New Member!


Sidney N. Herman, Managing Partner, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP was founded in 1993 with a goal of improving both quality and efficiency in business litigation through an innovative fee structure that provides alternatives to the traditional hourly rate system, and staffing that is leaner and relies more on experienced lawyers. The founding partners of Bartlit Beck have over 140 years of litigation experience and have tried cases in over 30 states. Bartlit Beck lawyers include former Supreme Court clerks, Rhodes Scholars, Ph.D.s, and MBAs with extensive trial experience. Bartlit Beck has achieved an unparalleled record of courtroom victories in complex litigation across the country and has been recognized by The American Lawyer and The National Law Journal as one of the nation's top litigation boutique law firms.

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Cyndie Chang, 2011 LCLD Fellow, Named Managing Partner



LCLD is proud to announce that Cyndie Chang, 2011 Fellow, has been appointed Managing Partner of Duane Morris LLP's Los Angeles office. She has been an attorney at Duane Morris since 2006. Click here to read the press release. Congratulations, Cyndie!

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The General Mills Learning Experience

By Jessica L. Smith, LCLD Communications & Marketing Manager

With a rare glimpse inside General Mills' Legal department--and its test kitchens--LCLD Founder Rick Palmore and other top executives served the LCLD Fellows a full menu of practical advice and inspiration.

Describing the Fellows Program as "the heart and soul of LCLD," Rick Palmore, General Counsel of General Mills, welcomed several dozen visiting Fellows into his "home" on April 25, as he and a dozen other top executives hosted a high-energy Learning Experience (view agenda) at corporate headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Palmore, who also serves as the company's Executive Vice President, Secretary, and Chief Compliance and Risk Management Officer, kicked off the event by reflecting on what led the founding Members to create LCLD five years ago. "To improve the talent in this profession, we decided to come together--both general counsel and managing partners--to make a change. And oh, by the way, we didn't want to make a minor change." Click here to read the full article and view photos from the event.

Click here to read about the General Mills Learning Experience from 2013 Fellow Lori Baggett's perspective.

The next Learning Experience will be hosted by Marianne Short, Chief Legal Officer of UnitedHealth Group, June 16-17, 2014 in Minnetonka, MN. If you're interested in hosting a Learning Experience, please contact Stephanie Uzel.

Rick Palmore speaking to the Fellows during the General Mills Learning Experience. (Photo by Wilma Jackson)

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Last Chance to Register Your 1L Scholars


The 2014 1L LCLD Scholars Summit will take place June 5-7 in Dallas, TX. Tomorrow, May 16, 2014, is the deadline to send in your 1L Scholars' name and contact information. Please register your 1L Scholar by clicking here. For questions, please contact Louise Bald.

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Become a Mentor for the 2014-2015 LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program


The LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program is preparing for its fourth year of reaching diverse 1L law students around the country. Its goal is to ensure that talented law students receive the mentoring they need to maximize their potential, both during law school and afterward as they prepare for the bar exam and launch their careers. In 2013, we helped more than 850 law students, thanks to amazing Mentors from LCLD Member organizations.

Registration for Mentors for the upcoming academic year will begin June 1, 2014. Attorneys may register here for this opportunity. Please share this opportunity with your attorneys, as we have programs in more than 30 cities. If you have any questions, please contact Louise Bald at lbald@lcldnet.com or (804) 658-6019.

Sandra Wilburn, student at UNC School of Law, and Martin Warf, Of Counsel at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, during the K&L Gates Group Mentoring Program Event in April 2013. (Photo by Joe Mahoney)

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2014 Fellows to Be Announced in The American Lawyer and The National Law Journal


2014 Fellows will be announced by name and organization in the printed May 19, 2014 issue of The National Law Journal, and in the printed June 2014 issue of The American Lawyer magazine. You may view a PDF version of The National Law Journal announcement here, and a PDF version of The American Lawyer announcement here.

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Thank You to the Sponsors of the Third Annual LCLD Fellows Alumni Conference


LCLD Fellows program alumni from the classes of 2011-2013 will reunite for the Third Annual LCLD Fellows Alumni Conference, May 15-18, 2014 at the Mandarin Oriental in Miami, Florida. The conference will be filled with professional enrichment sessions, including a General Counsel Panel discussion with Derek Jackson of the Miami Marlins and Eve Wright of the Miami HEAT, practice group breakout sessions, and networking activities. We'd like to thank the following LCLD Member law firms that sponsored this conference:










Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. | Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Littler Mendelson, P.C. | McGlinchey Stafford PLLC | Pepper Hamilton LLP
ReedSmith LLP | Rivero Mestre LLP | Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

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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: Angela B. Styles, Partner and Executive Committee Chair of Crowell & Moring LLP, and John F. Schultz, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Hewlett-Packard Company. The lunch was hosted by Crowell & Moring on May 13, 2014 in San Francisco, CA.

We'd also like to thank Timothy R. Baer, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Target Corporation, and Andrew G. Humphrey, Managing Partner and Chair of the Management Board of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, in advance for hosting the upcoming Leadership Lunch on May 20, 2014 at the Target headquarters in Minneapolis, MN.

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

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In the News


Susan L. Blount, LCLD Board Member, and Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Prudential Financial, Inc., was honored by The New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project (NJ LEEP) for Stellar Corporate Leadership in the Promotion of Diversity at NJ LEEP's sixth annual Diversity in the Legal Profession, Diversity in Leadership gala on April 30 in Jersey City, New Jersey.


Reena Bajowala, 2013 LCLD Fellow and Partner at Jenner & Block (left), and Monica Mosby, 2014 LCLD Fellow and Partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP (right), have each received a 2014 Most Powerful and Influential Woman Award from the Illinois Diversity Council.


Joseph M. Hanna, 2014 LCLD Fellow and Partner at Goldberg Segalla, has been named a Law360 2014 Rising Star for Media and Entertainment. This national honor ranks Joe among the top lawyers under age 40 practicing today. He is one of only five named in the Media and Entertainment category, and one of just over 160 lawyers in the entire country to receive a Law360 Rising Star award this year.



Adine Momoh, 2013 LCLD Fellow and Associate at Stinson Leonard Street LLP, was recently honored by the The New Lawyer's Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association's inaugural Outstanding New Lawyer of the Year Award.



Marlene Quintana, 2013 LCLD Fellow and Shareholder at GrayRobinson P.A., has received a 2014 Florida Most Powerful & Influential Woman Award from the National Diversity Council.




Carlton Fields Jorden Burt Chief Operating Officer Anastasia C. Hiotis, and the firm at-large, were honored by Equality Florida with the Voice of Equality Award and the Equality Means Business Award. Hiotis accepted the awards on May 3, 2014 at Equality Florida's 2014 Greater St. Petersburg Gala.


DiversityInc magazine has named the following 12 LCLD Member corporations to The 2014 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity:

The Procter & Gamble Company | Wells Fargo & Company | Eli Lilly and Company
The Coca-Cola Company | Allstate Insurance Company | Medtronic, Inc.
Prudential Financial, Inc. | Merck & Co., Inc. | General Mills, Inc.
Target Corporation | The Walt Disney Company | JCPenney Company, Inc.


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

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Walmart Secondment Opportunity: Legal Realty


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 as soon as possible.

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