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:

  • Nominate Your 2016 Fellows
  • Prepare to Select 2016 Pathfinders: Informational Call Today
  • 2016 Annual Membership Meeting: Save the Date
  • 2016 CLE Webinar: Save the Date
  • Four More Fellows Become General Counsel
  • Fellow Spotlight
  • Fellows Explore the SEC
  • Fellows Alumni Executive Council Kicks Off "All In!" Contributions Campaign
  • Recent Leadership Lunches
  • Welcome, New Member!
  • In the News

Did You Know? 

We've compiled data about the growth and results of LCLD programs in our 2015 Annual Impact Report.

Nominate Your 2016 Fellows


A group of 2015 Fellows at their second meeting in Chicago, September 2015. (Photo by Wilma Jackson)

The time has come again for LCLD Members to handpick high-potential, mid-career attorneys from diverse backgrounds to participate in the 2016 LCLD Fellows Program.

Click here to nominate your Fellows by January 22, 2016.

For more information about the program, including selection criteria, fees, and program expectations, please review the 2016 Fellows Program Prospectus, the Member Tool Kit for the Fellows Program, and other program information on our website.

For questions about the Fellows Program, please contact Nichole Velasquez, Program Manager.

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Prepare to Select 2016 Pathfinders: Informational Call Today 


The inaugural (2015) class of Pathfinders at their first meeting at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in Chicago, April 2015. (Photo by Jay Haas)

Soon LCLD Members will have the opportunity to select Pathfinders to participate in the 2016 LCLD Pathfinder Program. The program is designed for law firm associates who have three to five years of practice experience, and in-house counsel with three years or less of in-house experience (and less than eight years of total practice experience). The program provides Pathfinders with practical tools for relationship building, leadership, and forming career development strategies.

The program has proven valuable to 2015 Pathfinders including Makalika Naholowaa, of Microsoft, who said, “The Pathfinder Program is the most impactful programming of its kind that I have experienced. It has meaningfully changed how I go about developing my skills and career goals.”

We invite you to learn more about the program by attending the 2016 Pathfinder Program Informational Call today, January 14, from 3:30 - 4:30 pm EST (call-in number: 877-294-8214, access code: 5075876#).

We also encourage you to review the 2016 Pathfinder Program Information Sheet, the general Pathfinder Program Fact Sheet, and other program information on our website.

Members will be invited to submit their 2016 Pathfinders requests online, January 25 - February 25, 2016 (Please Note: Space is limited in the 2016 Pathfinder Program).

If your organization employs a 2011 1L LCLD Scholar, then you will have the opportunity to secure a spot for your Scholar by pre-registering them starting January 18, 2016.

For more information about the Pathfinder Program, please contact Lori Lorenzo, LCLD Program Director.

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2016 Annual Membership Meeting: Save the Date


The Peninsula Chicago. (Photo Courtesy: The Peninsula Chicago)

The Seventh Annual LCLD Membership Meeting will take place October 5-6, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois, at The Peninsula Chicago.

The event will begin with a reception hosted by the LCLD Board of Directors on October 5, at 6:30 pm CT. A full day of programming and networking will take place October 6, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm CT. 

For questions, please contact Jennifer Denton, LCLD Membership & Operations Director.

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2016 CLE Webinar: Save the Date 

LCLD is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Mid-Year CLE Webinar, Building Inclusive Teams: Systems for Solving the Legal Profession's Diversity Problem, presented by Professor William D. Henderson of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. We have partnered with the Practising Law Institute (PLI) to apply for CLE credit for this presentation, which will be hosted at the PLI New York office on Monday, April 18, 2016, 1:00-4:00 pm ET

A live webcast of this presentation will be available to employees at all LCLD Member organizations. Registration for the webinar is coming soon.

For additional information, please contact Lori Lorenzo, Program Director.

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Four More Fellows Become General Counsel

LCLD congratulates the following four LCLD Fellows who have recently secured General Counsel positions. We're proud that the list of Fellows who are rising to top levels of leadership in the legal profession continues to grow!

2015 Fellow Sandra Carbone became General Counsel of IZEA, Inc., in Winter Park, FL, last month. She was previously Associate Counsel at LCLD Member corporation Darden Restaurants, Inc., in Orlando, FL.



Last month, 2013 Fellow Valeria Chapa-Garza was promoted to Vice President & General Counsel, Latin America, at Honeywell International in Mexico City, Mexico. She now reports directly to LCLD Member Kate Adams, who is Senior Vice President and General Counsel in Morristown, NJ. Valeria was previously General Counsel, Latin America, at Honeywell.


2014 Fellow Martina Sailer also received a promotion last month, to General Counsel Americas for Environmental and Energy Solutions (E&ES) Commercial at Honeywell International in Golden Valley, MN. Prior to her new role, Martina was Assistant General Counsel at Honeywell.


In December, 2013 Fellow Amy Sanford became General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at US Anesthesia Partners in Franklin, TN. She was previously Group General Counsel at LCLD Member corporation DaVita HealthCare Partners in Brentwood, TN.


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Fellow Spotlight 

Congratulations to 2015 Fellow Travis Torrence, who was selected for the first-ever Fellow Spotlight for the month of January. In an effort to highlight both the accomplishments of our Fellows and the importance of the LCLD Fellows Directory, we are kicking off 2016 by spotlighting those Fellows who have created exemplary profiles.

To be eligible for future monthly spotlights, Fellows should make sure their directory profiles are not only up to date, but a reflection of their personality and professional success. You can see Travis's spotlight by visiting the LCLD homepage.

For questions about the Fellow Spotlight, please contact Caitlin Puffenberger, LCLD Communications Coordinator.

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Fellows Explore the SEC 

by Jessica Smith, LCLD Communications & Marketing Manager

L to R: Alberto Arevalo, Associate Director, Office of International Affairs; Richard Humes, Associate General Counsel; and Eun Ah Choi, Associate Director, Division of Investment Management. (Photo Courtesy: SEC)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) hosted more than 25 LCLD Fellows for a day-long Learning Experience on November 5, 2015, at the agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. Fifteen agency employees, including Commissioner Kara Stein, briefed the Fellows on the SEC’s approach to public service, leadership, and the diversity of its workforce.

“At the SEC, we wear a lot of hats related to the financial industry,” said Stephen Cohen, Associate Director of the Division of Enforcement, which regulates capital markets and promotes transparency both domestically and overseas. “Having people with diverse backgrounds is, quite frankly, the only way we can solve problems for American investors.” Read the full article and view photos.

The next Learning Experience will be hosted at GlaxoSmithKline by Daniel Troy, LCLD Member and Senior Vice President and General Counsel at GlaxoSmithKline. The event will take place April 11, 2016 in the Philadelphia office of GlaxoSmithKline. For more information on how you can host a Learning Experience, please contact Nichole Velasquez, Program Manager.

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Fellows Alumni Executive Council Kicks Off "All In!" Contributions Campaign 

Fellows Alumni at the Third Annual LCLD Fellows Alumni Conference in San Francisco, CA. (Photo by Nabil Foster, 2012 Fellow)

After months of careful deliberation, the Executive Council (EC) of the LCLD Fellows Alumni association is excited to announce the "All In!" campaign. The campaign requests a personal commitment from each Fellows Alumnus to build the Fellows Alumni organization through an annual contribution of $125.*

By making this contribution, Fellows Alumni will help to strengthen and expand the Fellows Alumni organization, enabling them to build an increasingly powerful platform to use as a springboard to greater success.

Fellows Alumni may click here to make a contribution, and find out which class has contributed the most so far.

For questions about the All In! campaign, please contact Patrice Jean, Chair, LCLD Fellows Alumni Contributions Communications Committee; or Zohra Tejani, Chair, LCLD Fellows Alumni Executive Council.

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Recent Leadership Lunches 

LCLD would like to thank the following LCLD Members and organizations that hosted and spoke to Fellows at Leadership Lunches in the past two months:

  • Tom Cabaniss, Managing Partner at McGuireWoods, LLP, and Ken Miller, Deputy General Counsel at Bank of America, hosted a lunch at McGuireWoods LLP on January 13, 2016 in Charlotte, NC.
  • Peter Devlin, President and Chief Executive Officer at Fish & Richardson P.C., and Tim Pratt, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, and Secretary at Boston Scientific Corporation, hosted a lunch at Fish & Richardson on December 17, 2015 in Boston, MA.
  • Maureen Brundage, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer at The Chubb Corporation, and Patrick Dunican, Jr., Chairman and Managing Director at Gibbons P.C., hosted a lunch at Gibbons P.C. on December 7, 2015.

For more information on hosting or speaking at a Leadership Lunch, please contact Nichole Velasquez, LCLD Program Manager.

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Welcome, New Members! 

Renée Delphin-Rodriguez, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, SynerMed, Inc. (2015 LCLD Fellow). SynerMed is a market-leading healthcare organization specializing in government-sponsored programs headquartered in Monterey Park, CA. SynerMed is dedicated to innovating healthcare through an integrated system of tools, purpose-built web platforms, and professional services that connect physicians, members, hospitals, and health plans. SynerMed’s mission is to transform the healthcare system by rewarding high-quality and cost-effective care.

Alan M. Klinger, Co-Managing Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.
 Stroock’s emphasis on client service and innovation has made us one of the nation’s leading law firms for 140 years. We have some 300 attorneys, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, D.C., and provide transactional, regulatory, and litigation guidance to leading financial institutions, multinational corporations, investment funds, and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and abroad.

We believe that a diverse workplace is essential to providing the highest quality legal services and maximizing opportunities for personal and professional development. We focus on both the career goals of our attorneys, through our Mentor Program and ongoing in-house training programs, and the interests of our broader community, through our pro bono efforts and the work of our affinity groups.

Colin Stretch, General Counsel, Facebook, Inc.
Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. More than 1.5 billion people around the world use Facebook to stay connected with their friends and family, to discover what’s going on around them, and to share and express what matters to them.

Hundreds of millions of people also rely on Facebook services to communicate with one another in realtime via Messenger and WhatsApp, and to capture and share the world's moments using Instagram. Facebook is also defining the next generation of computing through Oculus VR, which uses virtual reality to allow people to experience anything, anywhere, with anyone.

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In the News 

Rick Palmore
, LCLD Founding Chair Emeritus, discussed the difficulties facing general counsel and diversity in the legal profession.



Brad Smith
, LCLD Chair, and President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft, wrote about the ways Microsoft Philanthropies will work to improve inclusion worldwide.



LCLD Members Russell Swartz (left), Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Southern California Edison, and Michael Fricklas (center), Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at Viacom, along with Barry Parsons (right), LCLD Diversity Professional and Associate General Counsel at Freddie Mac, shared innovative diversity solutions with the California Minority Counsel Program.

Genhi Givings Bailey
, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at DLA Piper, discussed strategies for improving diversity in the profession.



Joe West
, former President and CEO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, is now Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at LCLD Member firm Duane Morris LLP.



2013 Fellow Christopher Pickett was named Chief Diversity Officer of LCLD Member firm Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.

Read the latest issue of the LCLD Weekly News Digest on major issues in diversity and the legal profession. If you would like to receive the news digest via email each Wednesday, please contact Caitlin Puffenberger, LCLD Communications Coordinator.


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 to read more news about LCLD Member organizations.


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Jessica Smith, Communications & Marketing Manager, Editor

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