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:

  • Reminder: Register Your 2016 1L Scholars
  • Members and Program Participants Invited to Leadership Dialogue in San Francisco
  • 2011 Fellow Named Partner-in-Charge
  • LCLD Takes the Pathfinder Program to Scale
  • Maryanne Lavan Speaks at Washington, D.C. Fellows Roundtable
  • Mentees Learn a Vital Skill: Building Relationships with Mentors
  • Welcome, New Members!
  • In the News

Did You Know?

You can learn more about individual LCLD Pathfinders by looking them up in the Pathfinder Directory.

Reminder: Register Your 2016 1L Scholars

We are looking forward to our largest group of 1L Scholars joining us at the 2016 LCLD 1L Scholars Summit, May 19-21, 2016 at the JW Marriott Chicago.

Please click here to register each Scholar for your organization by May 6, 2016

You may reserve rooms at the JW Marriott Chicago for your Scholars using this link, by April 29, 2016, to take advantage of the special group rate. Please also complete and fax the Credit Card Authorization Form to Patricia Yniguez at (312) 660-8201 by April 22, 2016.

For questions about the 1L LCLD Scholars Program, please contact Nancy Richardson, LCLD Program Manager.

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Members and Program Participants Invited to Leadership Dialogue in San Francisco

Please join us at the San Francisco office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP on May 2, 2016 from 5:45-7:30 pm PT for Deepening Relationships and Developing Leaders, an evening of connection with Bay Area LCLD Fellows, Pathfinders, and 1L Scholars. We will kick off with an engaging discussion featuring Laura Stein (left), Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The Clorox Company and Chair-Elect of the LCLD Board of Directors, and Mitch Zuklie (right), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orrick, sharing their thoughts on what matters in leadership today.

Other guests of honor will include Robert Grey, President of LCLD, and Bay Area-based General Counsel and Managing Partners who are members of LCLD. This event is open to past and current LCLD Fellows, Pathfinders, and Scholars.

RSVP by April 28, 2016 to Barbara Roberts

For questions about the program, please contact 2015 Fellows Darren Teshima, Partner at Orrick, and Gillian Thackray, VP, Associate General Counsel, and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at Clorox.

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2011 Fellow Named Partner-in-Charge

2011 Fellow Diane Webster was recently named Partner-in-Charge of the Chicago office of LCLD Member firm Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. Congratulations, Diane!

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LCLD Takes the Pathfinder Program to Scale 

By Jessica Smith, LCLD Communications & Marketing Manager

At the Pathfinder event hosted by Eli Lilly, Flora Go of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson LLP chatted with speaker Mitchell Karp, right, who spoke to the Pathfinders about imposter syndrome and how to keep it at bay. (Photo by Wilma Jackson)

They hail from all over the United States: 113 attorneys from 78 law firms and corporations, rising stars in the profession who have been selected as 2016 LCLD Pathfinders.

Piloted last year with 40 attorneys from LCLD member law firms and corporations, the newest LCLD program trains early-career attorneys in critical career development strategies, with an emphasis on leadership, networking, and relationship building.

Between LCLD's 1L Scholars and Fellows programs, "there was a gap for junior associates or the youngest members of a corporate law department," said Greg Jordan, General Counsel at PNC Financial Services Group and a former LCLD board member. "That is a population of lawyers where you have very high attrition. So we created the Pathfinder Program as a way to deal with it." Read the full article and view photos from the Lilly Pathfinder First Meeting.

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

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Maryanne Lavan Speaks at Washington, D.C. Fellows Roundtable 

By Amanda Piguillem, Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator, and Jamie Cotera, Director of Marketing, Rivero Mestre LLP

LCLD Member Maryanne Lavan (second row, third from right), GC of Lockheed Martin, and colleagues Susan Dunnings (second row, right) and Jeff Divney (second row, second from left), hosted an intimate lunch with LCLD Fellows.

LCLD Member and Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Lockheed Martin, Maryanne Lavan, hosted an LCLD Regional Roundtable for Washington, D.C.-area Fellows on March 30, at Eddie V's Prime Seafood in McLean, VA. Her colleagues Susan Dunnings, Associate General Counsel Employment & Labor Law, and Jeff Divney, Associate General Counsel of EESH, IP, and Technology Law, also joined Lavan in sharing their experience, speaking to a group of nine Fellows about work-life balance and diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

“I was encouraged that many of the lunch participants were eager to talk about diversity in our profession," Lavan said. "All of us can play a role in making sure our profession is more diverse and inclusive.”

Fellows like Guillermo Christensen, a 2016 Fellow who attended the lunch, were grateful for the opportunity to hear from esteemed lawyers from the LCLD Member organization. Read the full article.

If you're an LCLD Member who is interested in hosting a 2016 Regional Roundtable, please email Paula Aguila, Co-Chair of the Fellow Alumni Program Development Committee, or Anny Huang, the committee’s Roundtable Subcommittee Chair, for more information.

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Mentees Learn a Vital Skill: Building Relationships with Mentors 

By Jessica Smith, LCLD Communications & Marketing Manager

Chris De Santis (left) speaks to Washington, D.C. LCLD Mentees and Mentors. (Photo by Jessica Smith)

The Washington, D.C. office of Littler Mendelson P.C. hosted a Spring Group Mentoring Program Event on April 6, 2016, which featured a networking reception for D.C.-area LCLD Mentor attorneys and Mentee law students. Alison Davis, the D.C. Office Managing Shareholder, was also in attendance.

The highlight of the evening was a presentation by Chris De Santis, a masterful voice on professional and organizational development who has spoken at events for LCLD Members, Fellows, and Pathfinders. Speaking on the topic of, “A Protégé's Guide to Mentoring,” De Santis treated the 40 attendees to lively tips on how mentees can build relationships with assigned mentors by understanding the generational and experiential differences between them, and how to ask questions that delve below surface conversations.

LCLD would like to thank Walt Lohmann, Washington, D.C. LCLD City Lead and Of Counsel at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Cori Garland, LCLD Mentor and Associate at Littler Mendelson P.C., and Littler’s D.C. office for organizing and hosting this event. We would also like to thank the offices of Crowell & Moring LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP for co-sponsoring this event. View photos from the event.

For more information about the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program, please contact Nancy Richardson, LCLD Program Manager.

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Welcome, New Members! 


Mark A. Bluhm, Chief Executive Officer, Lathrop & Gage LLP. Lathrop & Gage has 320 attorneys nationwide serving clients in the areas of litigation, intellectual property, and business. For nearly 150 years our success has been built on the principles of communication, ownership, results, and efficiency. Chambers USA ranks Lathrop & Gage’s corporate, environmental, labor and employment, litigation, and real estate practices among the best in their regions. For more information, visit www.lathropgage.com.

Kenneth Florin, Deputy Chairman, Loeb & Loeb LLP.
Loeb & Loeb’s emphasis on client service and innovation has made us a leading law firm for over a century. With more than 300 attorneys and offices in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Nashville, Washington, D.C., and Beijing, as well as an affiliate office in Hong Kong, we bring together a unique mix of business savvy, legal acumen, and unparalleled industry experience to help our clients succeed in today’s connected world. Our inclusive, collaborative environment and consideration of varied perspectives are essential to creating the best solutions for our clients and are integral elements of our success.

Juan A. Gonzalez, Managing Shareholder, Liebler, Gonzalez & Portuondo, PL.
I work hard every day to advance the cause of minority and inclusion in corporate America. As I believe that one should lead by example, I have endeavored to achieve and maintain a nearly 70% minority and women staffed law firm, resulting in Liebler, Gonzalez & Portuondo being named as the most diverse law firm in South Florida. We must move legal diversity from a concept to a reality.

Jeffrey P. Gray, Firmwide Managing Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. 
Davis Wright Tremaine is committed to delivering innovative legal services that help our clients achieve their business objectives in an evolving, global marketplace. We firmly believe that advancing diversity and inclusion is critical to our mission and essential to the mutual success of our firm and our clients.

Chris Weber, Managing Director, Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter, Co. LPA.
At Kegler Brown we are committed to achieving diversity at all levels of our organization. With the assistance of our diversity committee, the firm is consistently increasing its efforts to recruit and actively encourage the application and selection of diverse candidates. Through our firm efforts and as a charter member of the Columbus Bar Associations’ Diversity Initiative, we are helping to positively change the demographics of Columbus-area law firms.

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In the News 


Brad Smith
, Chair of the LCLD Board of Directors and President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft Corp., was featured in an article on the legal community’s response to an anti-LGBT law in Mississippi.


Greg Jordan
, LCLD Member and General Counsel and Head of Regulatory Government Affairs at PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. received the Out & Proud Corporate Counsel Award from the National LGBT Bar Association.


Elizabeth Temple
, LCLD Member and CEO of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, LLP, discussed using innovation and diversity to serve clients better.



Joe West
, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Duane Morris LLP, received The Incredible Men award from Ms. JD. He also wrote an article on what the legal profession can learn about diversity from college basketball.



Martin Estrada, 2015 Fellow and Partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, shared his expertise on criminal prosecution regarding the National Wildlife Refuge occupation case.



LCLD Fellows (left to right) Larry Chattoo, Assistant General Counsel at Bank of America, Stacia Jones, Senior Director and Legal Counsel at Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Arthur Luk, Partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, and Tope Yusuf, Senior Associate at Arent Fox LLP, were named 2016 Rising Stars by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.

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.

Various LCLD Member organizations were also in the news.

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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.