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, President

In This Issue:

  • Register Your 2015 1L Scholars Today
  • Attorney Mock Interviewers Still Needed for Scholars Summit
  • Yum! Brands Hosts Unique "Leadership Lunch Plus" Event
  • Fellows Visit the U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Welcome, New Members!
  • In the News

Did You Know? There's an interactive map on the LCLD website that lists Members, Fellows, Fellows Alumni, and Mentoring Program cities. Use the map filters to switch between each map layer.

Register Your 2015 1L Scholars Today







2014 1L Scholars and LCLD Program Director Lori Lorenzo (center, pink blazer) at the 2014 1L LCLD Scholars Summit in Dallas, TX. (Photo by Joe Mahoney.)


Thanks to you, 95 Member organizations will be hosting 1L LCLD Scholars to participate in internships this summer!

We're looking forward to our largest ever group of 1L Scholars joining us at the 2015 1L LCLD Scholars Summit, May 28-30, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.

The deadline to submit your 1L Scholars' information is May 1, 2015--the sooner, the better.

The summit will be held at the W Dallas-Victory hotel; you may reserve rooms for your Scholars here. Additional rooms have been reserved as overflow at Le Méridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh; you may reserve those here. Please note that our group rate expires Monday, May 18, 2015 for both hotels.

For questions regarding Scholar registration, please contact Program Manager Louise Bald.

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Attorney Mock Interviewers Still Needed for Scholars Summit 

A 2014 1L Scholar (left) and volunteer interviewer during a mock interview at last year's 1L LCLD Scholars Summit. (Photo by Joe Mahoney.)


As a reminder, we invite attorneys from LCLD Member organizations to help conduct mock interviews for approximately 180 students on Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm CT. Attorneys may sign up to participate for all or a portion of this time in two-hour blocks (students will be scheduled every 30 minutes). The interviews will take place at the Dallas office of Jones Day, located at 2727 North Harwood Street.

Please sign up here by May 8, 2015 to participate.

The intent of these mock interviews is for the 1L Scholars to gain valuable practice and feedback in advance of On-Campus Interviews coming in the fall. The interviews are not meant to be a recruiting opportunity and should not be treated as such.

For more information about the 1L LCLD Scholars Program, please contact Louise Bald.

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Yum! Brands Hosts Unique "Leadership Lunch Plus" Event

By Lori Lorenzo, LCLD Program Director, and Stephanie Uzel, LCLD Program Manager











LCLD Members Christian Campbell (row 3, third from left) and George Yund (row 3, second from right), John Selent (row 1, second from left), and the Fellows. (Photo by Chris Hawpe.)


April has been a busy month for Fellows Leadership Lunches, including a unique "Leadership Lunch Plus" on April 13, hosted by LCLD Member Christian Campbell, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary, and Chief Franchise Policy Officer at Yum! Brands, Inc. (parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell).

During the event, Greg Creed, CEO of Yum! Brands, offered several lessons on leadership. Then Campbell and his guests John Selent, Managing Partner of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP's Louisville office, and LCLD Member George Yund, Chief Executive Officer of Frost Brown Todd LLC, engaged the Fellows in conversation. Afterwards, the Fellows, Selent, and Yund participated in a unique personal branding exercise designed specifically for the event, and Fellows toured the Yum! Brands headquarters. Read the full article and view photos.

LCLD thanks Dawn Croft, 2014 Fellow from Yum! Brands, Campbell, Creed, Selent, Yund, and everyone else involved in reimagining the traditional Leadership Lunch format and making this special event possible.

Additionally, we'd like to thank LCLD Members Ellen Dwyer, Managing Partner at Crowell & Moring LLP, and LCLD Board Member; and John F. Schultz, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Hewlett-Packard Company, for speaking at a Leadership Lunch on April 8, hosted at Crowell & Moring in San Francisco, California. We also would like to thank Crowell & Moring for hosting a reception for all San Francisco area Fellows that evening.

In advance, we'd also like to thank Charlie Joseph, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. (Florida Blue), and Karen Walker, Executive Partner at the Holland & Knight Tallahassee office. They will speak at a Leadership Lunch on April 29, to be hosted at Holland & Knight in Jacksonville, Florida.

If you're interested in speaking at, or hosting, a Fellows Leadership Lunch, please contact Stephanie Uzel.

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Fellows Visit the U.S. Department of Transportation

By Don Belt, LCLD Communications Director










Chief Counsel Vanessa Allen Sutherland (in pink sweater) hosted the LCLD Fellows for a day-long Learning Experience at the U.S. Department of Transportation. (Photo by Don Belt.)


“There is no such thing as a dull day in this office,” said Kathryn Thomson, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), as she welcomed a group of visiting LCLD Fellows to the department’s headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C.

With more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion dollar budget, the DOT serves the American people by ensuring “a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life, today and into the future.”

Exactly what that entails became clear as the day-long Learning Experience unfolded in a series of panel discussions with top DOT lawyers, moderated by 2011 LCLD Fellow Vanessa Allen Sutherland, Chief Counsel of the Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration.

Panelists described the myriad duties of the Department, outlined how diversity policy is integrated into the federal workplace, and reflected on the contrast between working in private practice and public service. Read the full article and view photos.

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Welcome, New Members!


John B. Frisch, Chairman & CEO, Miles Stockbridge P.C. Miles & Stockbridge is a leading law firm with offices in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. At the heart of the firm’s core values is a commitment to diversity in a culture that fosters trust, excellence, winning, leadership and ownership, and respect.

Miles & Stockbridge seeks to increase the number of minorities, women, and LGBT lawyers throughout the firm; to give them great work; to introduce them to important clients; to place them in key leadership roles; to include them on client and industry teams; to foster their development, including business generation; and to support them on a path to partnership. Many diverse lawyers are in important firm-wide leadership positions and are members of the firm’s key internal committees.


C. Allen Parker, Presiding Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Cravath has been known as one of the premier U.S. law firms for nearly two centuries and has offices in both New York City and London, with more than 400 lawyers firm-wide. Each of the firm's practice areas is highly regarded, and its lawyers are recognized around the world for their commitment to the representation of their clients’ interests.

Just as Cravath is committed to excellence, the firm is equally committed to diversity. At Cravath, the approach to diversity is to cultivate an inclusive environment where lawyers from all backgrounds excel and are equipped to provide the best representation to clients. Dedication to diversity and inclusion is woven into the Cravath culture. The firm embraces the importance of recruiting and retaining outstanding lawyers from different backgrounds, and it is committed to promoting diversity at all levels.

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In the News



Brad Smith, LCLD Chair and Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation, was quoted in an article on a new company policy that requires contractors to give employees paid leave.



David Boies, LCLD Member and Chairman of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, was featured in The American Lawyer for advocating for the hire of the first openly gay Boy Scout leader.




James Fripp, Senior Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion and LCLD Diversity Contact at Yum! Brands Inc., gave a presentation on unconscious bias at Leadership Louisville's annual Best of Leadership Summit.



Manuel Cairo, 2014 Fellow and Partner at Snell & Wilmer, was recognized by AZ Business magazine as a Minority Business Leader of 2015 (pp. 81-82).




Valeria Chapa-Garza, 2013 Fellow and General Counsel, Latin America, at Honeywell International Inc., is Co-Chair of a mentoring initiative for Mexican women lawyers.




Martin Estrada, 2015 Fellow and litigator at Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, was named a 2015 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year in the area of Criminal Practice.




Margaret Chu Ikeya, 2014 Fellow and Senior Director and Managing Counsel at Hewlett-Packard Company, was named 2015 Best Corporate Counsel, IP Law, by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.



Palash Pandya, 2015 Fellow and Partner at Akerman LLP, was profiled in Law360’s Minority Powerbrokers series.




Yaneris M. Rosa, 2015 Fellow and Assistant General Counsel at Honeywell International Inc., was profiled in Hispanic Executive magazine.



LCLD Member firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton named the first female managing partner of its Washington, D.C. office, Catherine Munson.


LCLD Member corporation Starbucks announced the expansion of its College Achievement Plan, a $200 million initiative that allows employees to earn a college degree through Arizona State University’s online coursework.


Various LCLD Members and Member organizations spoke out against two state laws that allowed LGBT discrimination.

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Jessica Smith, Communications & Marketing Manager, LCLD Insider Editor

If you have any news or honors that are relevant to LCLD Members, please email Jessica Smith at jsmith@lcldnet.com.