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 for LCLD CLE Seminar on "Covering"
  • 2011 Fellow Vanessa Allen Sutherland Earns a Presidential Appointment
  • LCLD Welcomes the 2015 Fellows
  • Fellows Experience the Darden Restaurants "EDGE"
  • Welcome, New Members!
  • In the News

Last Chance to Register for LCLD CLE Seminar on "Covering"


Tomorrow, March 13, is the deadline to register to attend the 2015 LCLD Mid-Year CLE Seminar and Webinar, Building Inclusive Legal Teams: Covering.

There are three options to attend the seminar, which will be held March 26, 2015 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm EDT at the Practising Law Institute (PLI) Conference Center in New York City:

Please click here for more information. For questions, please contact Louise Bald, LCLD Program Manager.

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2011 Fellow Vanessa Allen Sutherland Earns a Presidential Appointment


2011 Fellow Vanessa Allen Sutherland was nominated by President Barack Obama as Chairperson and Member, Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. Click here for more information. Congratulations, Vanessa!


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LCLD Welcomes the 2015 Fellows

by Joe Slay, LCLD Communications

Paul Jones, left, General Counsel of Harley-Davidson, engages in a Q&A with LCLD President Robert Grey for the 2014 and 2015 Fellows. (Photo by Joe Mahoney)


More than 200 mid-career attorneys have been selected by their Member organizations to join the LCLD Fellows program in 2015. This is the largest class of Fellows in the program’s five-year history.

The 2015 Fellows met for the first time from March 6-8 in New Orleans, where they shared meeting space, and several working sessions, with the outgoing Fellows class of 2014.

“The LCLD Fellows program is becoming recognized across the country as an extraordinarily effective way to develop talent,” said Brad Smith, LCLD Chair and Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation. “Along the way, the Fellows themselves are building a powerful, connected community of rising leaders in the legal profession.”

Deborah Majoras (Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Procter & Gamble) and Gary Sasso (President and CEO, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt) guide the Fellows program curriculum in their capacity as LCLD Board advisers to the program. Read the full article.

Click here to read LCLD's official press release about the 2015 Fellows.

For more information about the LCLD Fellows Program, please contact Program Director Lori Lorenzo or Program Manager Stephanie Uzel.

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Fellows Experience the Darden Restaurants "EDGE"

by Lori Lorenzo, LCLD Program Director

The LCLD Fellows at Darden Restaurants, hosted by GC Teresa Sebastian and the Darden corporate legal department. (Photo by Debi Harbin)


Several dozen LCLD Fellows traveled to Orlando on February 7, 2015 for a corporate Learning Experience at Darden Restaurants, hosted by General Counsel Teresa Sebastian and her Legal department.

Darden is one of the largest full-service restaurant companies in the United States. It operates more than 1,500 restaurants, employs 150,000 people, and serves 320 million meals a year at flagship restaurants such as Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s, and Yard House. (Last year Darden sold Red Lobster, its first and oldest restaurant chain.)

The Fellows learned that the concept of EDGE Service sets Darden apart from other restaurant corporations. EDGE is company shorthand for an attitude of extreme attentiveness to the human side of the restaurant business, consistently going above and beyond the call of duty to personalize the guest experience. Read the full article and view photos from the event.




The next Learning Experience will take place March 24, 2015 at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C., where 2011 Fellow Vanessa Allen Sutherland is a Presidential appointee and Chief Counsel, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. If you're interested in hosting a corporate Learning Experience, please contact Stephanie Uzel.

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1L LCLD Scholar Summit Attorney Opportunity: Mock Interviews

Rama Douglas (left), 2014 1L Scholar at Baker Donelson, and mock interviewers at Jones Day in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Joe Mahoney)


LCLD is pleased to bring back an exciting element to the 2015 1L LCLD Scholars Summit--mock interviewing. 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. 

We hope that you will consider partnering with us on this initiative. 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 Program Manager Louise Bald.

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Welcome, New Members!


Lew Rose, Managing Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. Kelley Drye & Warren LLP is an international law firm founded in 1836 with more than 300 lawyers and other professionals practicing in New York, NY; Washington, DC; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Stamford, CT; Parsippany, NJ; and Brussels, Belgium, additionally offering a full scope of legal service through its affiliate relationship with the Mumbai-based independent law firm, Fortitude Law Associates.

Kelley Drye views diversity not as a destination, but as a pathway they are traveling – one that requires commitment, learning, and significant personal change on everyone’s part. The firm has integrated Diversity and Inclusion into its core values, and they drive the firm's approaches to recruiting, training, workplace policy-making, and community involvement. More importantly, Kelley Drye is deeply committed to making diversity a force for innovation, which benefits the firm's clients every day and makes Kelley Drye a place where people of all backgrounds, races, and cultures can work together and thrive.


Michael Solow, Managing Partner, Kaye Scholer LLP. Kaye Scholer LLP is a leading international law firm representing public and private companies, governmental entities, financial institutions, and other organizations in matters across the U.S. and around the globe. Founded in 1917 in New York City, one of the world’s most diverse and inclusive places, the firm brings together approximately 400 lawyers from nine offices: Chicago, Frankfurt, London, Los Angeles, New York, Silicon Valley, Shanghai, Washington, DC, and West Palm Beach (FL).

Kaye Scholer’s commitment to cultivate and maintain a diverse workforce is at the core of its recruiting, development, retention, and promotion efforts and drives a rich firm culture that fosters greater performance, innovation, and creativity. The firm strives to develop and integrate diversity goals and strategies into all business processes and practices, while creating opportunities for individuals from underrepresented groups to maximize their success in the legal profession.

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In the News


Rick Palmore, LCLD Chair Emeritus, and Robert Grey, LCLD President, were profiled by Savoy magazine in their list of the Most Influential Black Lawyers of 2015. Various other LCLD Members and affiliates made the list as well.


Laura Stein
, LCLD Chair-Elect, and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of The Clorox Company, was recently interviewed by Inside Counsel. In the article, she discusses successful traits for women lawyers, how the legal field has changed, and advice for women seeking law careers.


Deborah Majoras
, LCLD Board Member and Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of The Procter & Gamble Company, was profiled in Inside Counsel.



Mark Roellig
, LCLD Board Member, and Executive Vice President and General Counsel of MassMutual Financial Group, recently co-authored an article for the ACC Docket that explains strategies for increasing diversity at corporations and the law firms that serve them.


Craig Mutch
, LCLD Member and Managing Member of Miller Johnson, discussed law firm growth and LCLD in the Grand Rapids Business Journal.



Manuel Cairo
, a 2014 Fellow and Partner at Snell & Wilmer, was profiled for Law360’s Minority Powerbrokers series.



Joseph Hanna
, a 2014 Fellow and Partner at Goldberg Segalla, was profiled for Law360’s Minority Powerbrokers series.



Adine Momoh
, a 2013 Fellow and Associate at Stinson Leonard Street LLP, was recently named a Finalist for the American Bar Association’s National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. Please click here to learn more about the two other honorees.






LCLD Member corporations Chevron Corporation, Eli Lilly and Company, and IBM were recognized for innovative methods to retain female leaders.



LCLD Member firm Crowell & Moring LLP elected a new chair, Angela Styles.



LCLD Member corporation Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. was featured in Chief Learning Officer about closing the skills gap.

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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.