WELCOME TO THE MONTHLY PATHFINDER NEWSLETTER
"Pathways" will be distributed to current and alumni Pathfinders each month and feature program news and information, alerts of upcoming events, and updates on your fellow Pathfinders to help you get the most out of your involvement in the LCLD Pathfinder Program. Past Pathways newsletters will be archived on the LCLD website.
We want to hear from you! If you received a promotion, changed jobs, are engaged in community service, or have a practice-related publication, we want to share it. If you plan to host a Pathfinder Meet-Up, or are attending a national or regional event and want to connect with other Pathfinders while traveling, let us know. Email newsletter submissions to Caitlin Puffenberger at firstname.lastname@example.org or Walt Lohmann at email@example.com.
Did You Know?
Search the Pathfinder Directory by City and State to connect with Pathfinders in your area.
2015 Pathfinder Tyler Cesar was selected to serve on the Associate Leadership Board of Public Counsel in Los Angeles.
2015 Pathfinder Jennifer Ervin was named among The National Black Lawyers' "Top 40 Under 40." She was also named a "Rising Star" by Georgia Super Lawyers for the third year in a row. Jennifer was also selected as Judge Clarence Cooper's guest to the annual Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference in May.
2015 Pathfinder Terra Gearhart-Serna will be starting as Attorney-Adviser in the U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser in mid-April.
2015 Pathfinder Mini Kapoor had an article entitled "Circumstances Mandating a Commercial Marketing Notice by a Biosimilar Applicant Ripe for Guidance from the High Court" published in the Houston Law Review. You can read the article here.
KEEPING IN TOUCH
Don't forget to keep your Pathfinder Directory Profile up to date with job changes, new contact information, and a recent photo. See Daniel Alvarez Sox and Monica Roberts Thomas's profiles for inspiration!
Join the LCLD Pathfinders LinkedIn group to connect with other Pathfinders and receive updates on LCLD. You can also like LCLD on Facebook and follow Robert and Lori on Twitter for news on diversity in the profession.
D.C. AREA PATHFINDER MEET UP -- FUTURE EVENTS PLANNED!
Last week, 2015 and 2016 Pathfinders in the Washington, D.C. area met up for the inaugural D.C. Pathfinder Happy Hour at Toro Toro in downtown Washington. The event, organized by 2015 Pathfinder Ashley Southerland and attended by 10 2015 and 2016 Pathfinders, was a great success, both from a social and networking perspective, and as a planning vehicle, as the attendees set into motion a follow-up event. The forthcoming event will be held at a participating law firm and bring together Pathfinders and LCLD Fellows. D.C. area Pathfinders and Fellows will also be present at the upcoming Group Mentoring Event for the Success in Law School Mentoring Program, held April 6 at Littler Mendelson P.C.
2016 PATHFINDER FIRST MEETING: Indianapolis, IN - March 31-April 2, 2016
This is the first in-person meeting for 2016 Pathfinders who are geographically closest to Indianapolis, hosted by Eli Lilly and Company. To register for the meeting, see the agenda, and find information on booking a hotel room, click here.
2015 Pathfinders in the Indianapolis area are invited to attend the welcome reception on March 31 from 6-8 p.m. If you are interested in attending, email Stella Askin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2016 PATHFINDER FIRST MEETING: Redmond, WA - April 14-16, 2016
This is the first in-person meeting for 2016 Pathfinders who are geographically closest to Redmond, hosted by Microsoft Corporation. To register for the meeting, see the agenda, and find information on booking a hotel room, click here.
2015 Pathfinders in the Seattle area are invited to attend the welcome reception on April 14 from 6-8 p.m. PT. If you are interested in attending, email Stella Askin at email@example.com for more information.
WORTH A READ
Minority Women Are Disappearing from BigLaw – And Here's Why
Eighty-five percent of minority female attorneys in the U.S. will quit large firms within seven years of starting their practice, according to a recent study by the ABA. "In both law firms and corporate legal departments, women of color receive less compensation than men and white women; are denied equal access to significant assignments, mentoring, and sponsorship opportunities; receive fewer promotions; and have the highest rate of attrition." To read the full story, click here.
There are many exciting leadership opportunities for Pathfinder Alumni who wish to take a greater role in LCLD and continue to expand the program.
- Arrange a local/regional Pathfinder Meet-Up. These events can be organized ad hoc and initiated by anyone. If interested, email Lori Lorenzo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Organize bi-annual calls to allow Pathfinders to connect, update one another on professional achievements, and check in on skill development. If interested, email Walt Lohmann at email@example.com.
- Connect with other LCLD programs. To participate in the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program or Group Mentoring Program, email Nancy Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on working with the Fellows programming committee, email Nichole Velasquez.
- Become Inaugural Chair of the Pathfinder Alumni Annual Gathering. The sky is the limit for the first-ever Pathfinder Alumni gathering, but someone needs to lead the way.
EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEREST
SPEAKERS NEEDED: 3RD ANNUAL NATIONAL DIVERSITY PRE-LAW CONFERENCE AND LAW FAR: Washington, DC - April 1-2, 2016
Speakers are needed for the 3rd Annual National Diversity Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair on Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, at Howard University School of Law. If interested, please email Evangeline M. Mitchell, Founder & President of National Pre-Law Diversity Initiatives, Inc., at email@example.com.
WEST VIRGINIA STATE BAR ANNUAL MEETING: White Sulphur Springs, WV - April 3-4, 2016
Robert Grey, President of LCLD, will be speaking at the Greenbrier during the West Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting on April 3-4, 2016. Click here for more information about the meeting and contact 2014 LCLD Fellow Marilyn McClure-Demers if you plan to attend.
PROTECTING YOUR COMPANY FROM HACKERS, SPEARFISHING, AND INSIDER THREATS CLE: Dallas, TX - April 7, 2016
Baker Botts is hosting a CLE on cyber security for in-house counsel on April 7, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. at Cantina Laredo in Dallas. 2016 LCLD Fellow Guillermo Christensen will be one of the panelists. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
2016 ANNUAL OHIO WOMEN'S BAR ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE: Columbus, OH - May 18-19, 2016
The annual Ohio Women's Bar Association Conference will be held May 18-19, 2016. Paulette Brown, President of the American Bar Association and LCLD's Diversity Professional at Locke Lord LLP, is the keynote speaker. 2014 LCLD Fellow Marilyn McClure-Demers will be sworn in as President of the OWBA at the same meeting. Click here for more information.
2016 1L LCLD SCHOLARS SUMMIT: Chicago, IL - May 19, 2016
Chicago-area Pathfinders are invited to attend the welcome reception for the 2016 1L LCLD Scholars Summit on Thursday, May 19, at 7 p.m. CT at the JW Marriott, 151 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60603. For more information, email Nancy Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about the Pathfinder Program, email Walt Lohmann at email@example.com or Lori Lorenzo at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions, suggestions, or submissions for Pathways for Pathfinders, email Caitlin Puffenberger at email@example.com.