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:

  • Last Chance to Register Your Organization for 2016 1L Scholars
  • Two More Fellows Become Top Leaders
  • Prepare to Nominate 2016 Fellows
  • Additional Resources From the Sixth Annual LCLD Membership Meeting
  • Welcome, New Member!
  • In the News

Did You Know? 

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

Last Chance to Register Your Organization for 2016 1L Scholars

2015 1L Scholars Jennifer Tian (l), Bilal Malik (c), and Honieh Udenka (r). (Photo by Joe Mahoney)


There are only a few days left to register your organization to participate in the 2016 1L LCLD Scholars Program.

Please register your organization by November 15, 2015 to participate in the 2016 program.

LCLD will post the complete list of opportunities on our website beginning December 1, 2015, so that 1L law students may apply directly to participating organizations for summer internships.

Click here for more information about hosting 1L LCLD Scholars, or contact Nancy Richardson, Program Manager.

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Two More Fellows Become Top Leaders 

Congratulations to 2013 Fellow Kris Carey, who was recently named Senior Vice President and General Counsel–Beer Division at Constellation Brands, Inc. Kris was a 2013 Fellow at LCLD Member organization McDonald's Corporation.


We'd also like to congratulate 2014 Fellow Maria Wing, who was recently appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Delaware River Port Authority. Prior to her new role, Maria was a senior associate at LCLD Member firm Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP.


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Prepare to Nominate 2016 Fellows

The 2015 Fellows at their second in-person meeting, September 28-30, 2015 at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago. (Photo by Wilma Jackson)

With the holidays around the corner, we wanted to remind you of upcoming important dates and information related to the 2016 Fellows Program, which is designed to connect high?potential attorneys from preeminent organizations for a yearlong, three?tiered professional development series that focuses on leadership, personal brand development, and relationship building. See below for more details:

  • The program is designed for diverse attorneys with 8-15 years of practice experience, who have demonstrated strong performance and leadership skills.
  • Join us for the 2016 Fellows Informational CallDecember 9, 2015, 3:00-4:00 pm ET, to learn more about the program and ask questions. Dial 877-294-8214 and enter access code 5075876#.
  • Nominate your 2016 Fellows between December 2, 2015 and January 22, 2016.

Click here for more information about the program, selection criteria, and fees. For questions, please contact Stephanie Uzel, Program Manager, or Lori Lorenzo, Program Director.

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Additional Resources From the Sixth Annual LCLD Membership Meeting


LCLD Members at the 2015 Annual Meeting breakout session with Fellows: (L to R) Stephanie Scharf, Partner of Scharf Banks Marmor; Michael Harrington, General Counsel of Eli Lilly & Company; Earl Barnes, General Counsel of OhioHealth; and Kevin Hodges, Managing Partner of Williams & Connolly LLP. (Photo by Joe Mahoney)

Click here to view the agenda, photos, and videos from the Sixth Annual LCLD Membership Meeting, which took place September 28-29, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

Recently added resources include action items from the meeting and a slideshow of the most active Member corporations and law firms of 2015.

For questions about the Annual Membership Meeting or general membership, please contact Jennifer Denton, Membership & Operations Manager.

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Welcome, New Member!

Sarah L.E. Harris, General Counsel, Sikich LLP (2013 LCLD Fellow). Sikich LLP, a leading professional services firm specializing in accounting, technology, investment banking, and advisory services, has more than 650 employees throughout the country and 12 locations. Founded in 1982, Sikich now ranks as one of the country’s Top 35 Certified Public Accounting firms and is the ninth-largest value-added technology reseller nationally.

Advisory services offered through Sikich Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor.

Securities are offered through Sikich Corporate Finance LLC, a registered broker/dealer with the Securities Exchange Commission and a member of FINRA/SIPC.

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In the News


Brett Hart
, LCLD Board Treasurer, was named Interim CEO of United Continental Holdings. Upon the permanent CEO's return in the first quarter of 2016, Brett will resume his position as Executive Vice President and General Counsel.


Ellen Dwyer
, LCLD Board Member and Managing Partner of Crowell & Moring LLP, was named one of Washingtonian’s 100 Most Powerful Women of 2015, alongside Loretta Lynch and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.



Peter Kalis
, LCLD Board Member and Chairman and Global Managing Partner of K&L Gates LLP, discussed the six biggest challenges facing law firms.


Mark Roellig
, LCLD Board Member and General Counsel of MassMutual, received the Transformative Leadership Awards’ Roderick Palmore Pathmaker Award for his diversity efforts.



Kurt Tunnell, LCLD Member and Managing Partner at Bricker & Eckler LLP, and Marilyn McClure-Demers, 2014 Fellow and Associate General Counsel at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, were two of six recipients of the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Regional X President’s Award. Kurt was recognized for his leadership of Bricker & Eckler and spearheading the award-winning Columbus Bar Association Managing Partner Diversity Initiative. Marilyn was recognized for her leadership in legal diversity at Nationwide and her involvement in the community.


Paul Sweeney
, LCLD Diversity Contact at K&L Gates LLP, was appointed Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Public Counsel.



Alicia Powell
, 2014 Fellow and Chief Counsel–Investment at The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., was named a “2015 Most Powerful and Influential Woman” by the National Diversity Council.



Various LCLD Member organizations and affiliates were also featured in the news. Click here to read more.

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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.