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:

  • Covering CLE Seminar Now Available On Demand
  • Thank You to the Sponsors of the Fourth Annual LCLD Fellows Alumni Conference
  • LCLD Members Host Group Mentoring Event in Pittsburgh
  • 2015 City Lead Training Hosted at Jones Day
  • Fellows Learning Experiences
  • Upcoming Leadership Lunch Plus
  • Welcome, New Members!
  • In the News

Did You Know? You can learn about LCLD Members' organizational and personal commitments to diversity by browsing their LCLD profiles. View corporate Member pages here and law firm Member pages here.

Covering CLE Seminar Now Available On Demand


Did you miss the live presentation with LCLD Members and Kenji Yoshino about “covering”—the tendency of individuals to over-manage or downplay their differences, often at a great cost to both themselves and their employers? If so, there's still plenty of time to view the seminar, Building Inclusive Legal Teams: Covering, on demand. LCLD has partnered with the Practising Law Institute to apply for CLE credit for this seminar.

Click here to view the seminar individually or to request a group viewing. 

For questions, please email Louise Bald, LCLD Program Manager.

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


LCLD Fellows Alumni from the classes of 2011-2014 will reunite for the Fourth Annual LCLD Fellows Alumni Conference, June 11-14, 2015 at Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference will be filled with professional enrichment sessions, including technology for lawyers, public speaking, and a panel discussion about achieving the next leadership position. Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at the NYU School of Law, will also discuss "Uncovering Talent."

In addition to networking activities and a community service project, the inaugural Rick Palmore LCLD Fellows Alumnus Award for exceptional leadership and Community Service Awards will be bestowed on Fellows Alumni at the conference. We'd like to thank the following LCLD Member law firms that are sponsoring this conference:

















Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC   |   Carlton Fields Jorden Burt

Lane Powell PC   |   Littler Mendelson PC


For more information about the Fellows Alumni Conference, please contact Courtney Nolde, LCLD Special Projects Manager.

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LCLD Members Host Group Mentoring Event in Pittsburgh

By Dotun Obadina, K&L Gates Attorney and 2013 LCLD Fellow


LCLD Members Peter Kalis (K&L Gates), upper right, and Greg Jordan (PNC Financial Services Group), center right, interact with law students and mentors from the Pittsburgh area. (Photo by Dotun Obadina.)


On April 13, 2015, K&L Gates in Pittsburgh and PPG Industries co-hosted an LCLD Group Mentoring Program event for local law students.

Peter Kalis, Chairman and Global Managing Partner of K&L Gates and a member of the LCLD Board of Directors, welcomed Mentors and Mentees to the event, which included a networking reception and panel presentation entitled “Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Exploring Traits of Successful Junior Lawyers.” Nearly a hundred members of the Pittsburgh legal community attended the event. Read the fulll article.

K&L Gates also hosted a Group Mentoring Program (GMP) event at the Seattle, WA office on the same date as the Pittsburgh event. Other LCLD Member organizations and law schools that have hosted GMP events this year include the John Marshall Law School (Atlanta, GA), Katten Muchin Rosenman (Chicago, IL and Washington, D.C.), Pepper Hamilton (Philadelphia, PA), Reed Smith (Pittsburgh, PA), Troutman Sanders (Richmond, VA), and Vinson & Elkins (Houston, TX). Click here for more information.

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2015 City Lead Training Hosted at Jones Day


LCLD would like to thank the Atlanta, Georgia office of Jones Day for graciously hosting the 2015 City Lead Training for City Leads of the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program. The half-day training took place April 30, 2015 and prepared this year's City Leads to serve as the primary, local liaison between LCLD, local law school students and administration, and attorney Mentors in their city.

For more information about the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program, please click here or contact Louise Bald, LCLD Program Manager.

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Fellows Learning Experiences


On April 27, 2015, LCLD Fellows visited the U.S. Department of Justice for a Learning Experience. Keep a lookout for a detailed article about the event in next month's issue of the LCLD Insider.

The next Learning Experience will take place June 5, 2015 at Starbucks Coffee Company in Seattle, WA, hosted by Lucy Helm, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Starbucks Coffee Company.

If you're interested in hosting a corporate Learning Experience, please contact Stephanie Uzel.

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Upcoming Leadership Lunch Plus


In the next issue of the LCLD Insider, we'll share details about the next Leadership Lunch Plus event, which will be held tomorrow, May 15, at Bricker & Eckler LLP in Columbus, Ohio. Two of several speakers will be LCLD Members Patricia Hatler, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Governance Officer at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company; and Kurtis Tunnell, Managing Partner at Bricker & Eckler LLP.

For more information about hosting a Leadership Lunch, please contact Stephanie Uzel, LCLD Program Manager.

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Welcome, New Members!


David P. Bergers, Managing Director for Legal and Government Relations and General Counsel, LPL Financial. At LPL Financial, having a diverse and inclusive work environment is fundamental to who we are as a company and what we stand for.

We are committed to attracting and retaining a culturally diverse workforce that reflects the diversity of our clients and our community. We believe this commitment enhances our company’s strong corporate culture, which is grounded in respect, innovation, and our commitment to excellence.

Fostering an inclusive environment where everyone feels they can contribute their best work allows us to better serve our clients and each other.


Michael-Bryant Hicks, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Providence Service Corporation; 2013 LCLD Fellow. We deliver exceptional value by creating healthy communities through exceptional people working side by side. We are committed to customer centered care, innovation and evolution, being true to our word, a compassionate culture, embracing and respecting diversity, results, and collaboration. By 2020 we will enhance the quality of life for 50 million people with innovative and efficient community based solutions.


Kevin M. Hodges, Managing Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP. Williams & Connolly LLP was founded in 1967. The firm’s reputation as one of the nation’s premier litigation firms vastly exceeds its size. With approximately 275 partners and associates based in a single office in Washington, D.C., our lawyers take on major civil suits, complex domestic and international arbitrations, and highly visible criminal cases at the trial and appellate levels throughout the country and around the world.

Williams & Connolly recognizes diversity as a core value. The firm therefore works to recruit individuals from diverse backgrounds and to provide them with the opportunities and resources necessary to thrive. The firm’s Diversity Committee develops and monitors initiatives to achieve these goals, and our entire firm community strives to implement them. In this manner, we are best able to serve our clients, as well as the communities in which we practice and live.


R. Steven Kestner, Chairman, BakerHostetler.
At BakerHostetler, we embrace diversity as essential to the conduct of business in today’s world and welcome people of all backgrounds to our firm.  We recruit and develop diverse lawyers because we know it promotes the best in community, depth, and leadership.



Carlos A. Singer, Founding Partner, Huang Ybarra Singer & May LLP; 2012 LCLD Fellow. HYSM, a minority-owned firm that includes three LCLD Fellows Alumni, is a Los Angeles-based law firm that pairs the sophistication and experience of traditional, “big firm” litigators with the focus of a modern boutique. Whether in the context of pre-litigation counseling, government investigations, or hard-fought litigation, we are thoughtful, creative, and aggressive in protecting our clients’ interests.

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In the News


Gregory Jordan
, LCLD Member, and General Counsel and Head of Regulatory Government Affairs at PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., was recently honored with the Allegheny County Bar Association's Diversity Collaborative Committee's ACBA Ally Award in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.



LCLD Members Jami McKeon (left), Chairwoman of Lewis & Bockius, and Linda Myers (center), Global Management Committee Member and Partner at Kirkland & Elllis, and Danielle Gray (right), 2015 Fellow and Partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, were recognized as Outstanding Women Lawyers by The National Law Journal.


Deborah Broyles
, Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion and LCLD’s Diversity Contact at Reed Smith, was profiled about her goals for diversity in 2015.




Bill Underwood
, Senior Counsel and LCLD’s Diversity Contact at Target Corp., is receiving the Minneapolis Out & Proud Corporate Counsel Award from the LGBT Bar.




Manuel Cairo
, 2014 Fellow and Partner at Snell & Wilmer, was featured in a Q&A with Law360.



Mara Garcia Kaplan
, 2013 Fellow and Senior Corporate Counsel at Target Corp., was named a 2015 Corporate Counsel Rising Star by the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal.



Meshach Rhoades
, 2011 Fellow and Of Counsel at Greenberg Traurig, was selected as a 2015-16 German Marshall Fellow.




LCLD Member firms Arent Fox and DLA Piper are creating a “low bono” law firm with Georgetown University Law Center.



LCLD Member firm Latham & Watkins launched its Diversity Leadership Academy, which has tracks for 1L Scholars and associates.



LCLD Member corporations Microsoft and Freddie Mac were recognized for adding autism hiring initiatives.



LCLD Member firm Munger, Tolles & Olson was profiled for a new diversity pipeline program.




LCLD Member organizations Prudential Financial and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe were recognized in The National Law Journal for their creative diversity initiatives.



Various LCLD Member affiliates received special recognition this month among DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity, the New York Law Journal’s 2015 Rising Stars, and Yale Law Women’s Most Family-Friendly Law Firms.

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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.