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:

  • Now Live! The LCLD What's Working Portal
  • Resources from the Annual Meeting
  • More D.C.-Area Mentors Needed
  • 2017 1L Scholar Organization Registration
  • 2017 Fellow Nominations
  • 2017 Pathfinder Selections
  • 2012 Fellow Daren Garcia Named Managing Partner of Vorys Pittsburgh Office
  • Do-It-Yourself Diversity at Home Depot
  • Chicago Leadership Lunch
  • LCLD in the News
  • Welcome, New Members!
  • In the News

Did You Know?

Click on the Mentoring Program Map pins to see the names and email addresses of LCLD City Leads.

Now Live! The LCLD What's Working Portal


LCLD is proud to present the What's Working portal, where LCLD Members and diversity professionals can find and submit innovative solutions for creating a more inclusive legal profession. Topics include leadership, partnership, incentives, recruitment, retention, development, relationship building, communication, and LCLD engagement. Find out if what's working for these organizations can work for yours, too.

For questions, or to submit an initiative that's working at your organization, please email Caitlin Puffenberger, LCLD Communications Coordinator.

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Resources from the Annual Meeting


LCLD Members Earl Barnes II (center), General Counsel at OhioHealth, and Kurt Tunnell (center, left), Managing Partner at Bricker & Eckler LLP, among others, during the meeting. (Photo by Joe Mahoney)

On October 5-6, 2016, a record number of LCLD Members and guests came together at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago for the Seventh Annual LCLD Membership Meeting.

The theme of this year's conference was the Language of Leadership: exploring your unique power, as an LCLD Member, to communicate core values of leadership, including diversity and inclusion, and to pass down hard-earned wisdom to the next generation.

Click here to review individual segments of the program and photos.

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More D.C.-Area Mentors Needed 

There is still a need for LCLD Mentors in the Washington, D.C. area. If you (or someone at your organization) are interested in mentoring a first-year law student in the D.C. area, please register as soon as possible.

Click here to register to become Mentor!

For more information about becoming an LCLD Mentor, please review this brief FAQ page. For any other questions, please contact Nancy Richardson, LCLD Program Manager.

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2017 1L Scholar Organization Registration


2016 1L LCLD Scholars at the 2016 Summit in Chicago. (Photo by Jay Haas)

As a reminder, please register to host 1L Scholars for summer 2017 internships at your organizations by Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

The 1L LCLD Scholars Program is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse first-year law students. Prior to completing an internship at your organization, the 1L Scholars will be invited to attend the 2017 1L LCLD Scholars Summit, May 23-25, 2017 in Philadelphia. This is a career-development conference designed specifically for the 1L Scholars.

For more detailed information about hiring, internship partnerships, the 1L LCLD Scholars Summit, and more, please review the Scholars Program FAQs and the Scholars Program Fact Sheet. Please note that the hiring of 1L Scholars and individual registration for the summit are two additional steps that will begin in the winter and spring, respectively.

For questions, please contact Nancy Richardson.

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2017 Fellow Nominations 


A group of 2016 Fellows at their second meeting in Chicago. (Photo by Wilma Jackson)

Please submit your 2017 Fellow nomination(s) by Friday, January 13, 2017

The Fellows Program is a one-year, multifaceted, relationship-building and leadership-training experience for diverse lawyers with 8-15 years of practice experience and demonstrated leadership potential. As LCLD's flagship program, all Fellows must be handpicked by LCLD Members themselves.

Please be sure to review the program selection criteria and fees before submitting your nomination(s). We also encourage you to review the Member Tool Kit for the Fellows Program.

For questions, please contact Lori Lorenzo, LCLD Program Director.

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2017 Pathfinder Selections


Half of the class of 2016 Pathfinders, pictured outside Eli Lilly and Company's headquarters in Indianapolis, IN, at their first meeting. (Photo by Wilma Jackson)

Please submit your 2017 Pathfinder selections by Friday, January 13, 2017. We're excited to announce that many 2012 1L LCLD Scholars are now employed by LCLD Member organizations and are eligible to become 2017 Pathfinders!

The goal of the Pathfinder Program is to provide early-career attorneys with practical tools for developing and leveraging internal professional networks through relationship-building skills, foundational leadership skills, and an understanding of career-development strategies applicable to both in-house and law firm practice. Law firm candidates should have three-to-five years of practice experience. In-house candidates should have three years or less of in-house experience, and less than eight total years of practice experience.

To learn more about the program and ask questions, we invite you to join us for the 2017 Pathfinder Program Informational Call (Thursday, November 3, from 4:00-5:00 pm ET).

Please be sure to review the program selection criteria and fees before submitting your selection(s). Note that you will also need to identify a Pathfinder Program Facilitator upon selecting your Pathfinder.

You may also email Lori Lorenzo with questions if you won't be able to join the call.

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2012 Fellow Daren Garcia Named Managing Partner of Vorys Pittsburgh Office

2012 Fellow Daren Garcia was recently named Managing Partner of the Pittsburgh office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. Congratulations, Daren!

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Do-It-Yourself Diversity at Home Depot

By Caitlin Puffenberger, LCLD Communications Coordinator


LCLD Fellows and Home Depot attorneys Lionel Legagneur (left) and Joel Rogers helped lead Fellows on a Home Depot store walk-through. (Photo by Jay Haas)

ATLANTA – Five times a year, Teresa Wynn Roseborough dons an orange apron, leaves her legal team behind, and spends the day assisting customers at a nearby Home Depot store. Customer service may seem removed from the usual routine of the home improvement retailer’s Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary. But it’s a mandate from the CEO that all corporate officers spend time at the top of the inverted pyramid – where customers and front line associates take priority over the corporate office.

The inverted pyramid is the foundation of The Home Depot's values-based culture. Because this exercise is such a critical part of how Home Depot does business, LCLD Fellows were invited to tag along on an early-morning store walk to kick off the August 4 Learning Experience. Read more and view photos.

The latest Learning Experience was hosted at Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., by Cynthia Gibson, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. The event took place October 17-18, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Look out for an article about the event this fall. For more information on how you can host a Learning Experience, please contact Lori Lorenzo, LCLD Program Director.

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Chicago Leadership Lunch

LCLD would like to thank the following people in advance, for hosting a Leadership Lunch for LCLD Fellows at the Chicago office of Jones Lang LaSalle tomorrow, October 28, 2016:

  • Mark Ohringer, Executive Vice President, Global General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated
  • Martin H. Nesbitt, Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Vistria Group, LLC, and Director of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated.

For more information on how to host a Leadership Lunch, please contact Lori Lorenzo.

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LCLD in the News

LCLD was featured as part of the cover story for The West Virginia Lawyer, written by Marilyn McClure-Demers, 2014 Fellow and Associate General Counsel at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. Earlier this year, LCLD President Robert Grey met with the West Virginia State Bar, representatives of the West Virginia University College of Law, and LCLD Members based in West Virginia to discuss strategies for improving the diversity of the profession.

Additionally, LCLD was featured in Bloomberg BNA's Workforce Strategies for Diversity & Inclusion: A Look at Efforts by Law Firms to Support Women, Minorities. Reproduced with permission from Workforce Strategies, 34 WS 9 (Sep. 2016). Copyright 2016 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) http://www.bna.com

Robert Grey, LCLD President and former President of the American Bar Association, received a Diversity Award from the ABA Forum on Construction Law’s Fall Meeting in Chicago earlier this month. The award recognized him for his “extraordinary leadership and lifetime of commitment to ‘moving the meter’ on diversity and inclusion.” Congratulations, Robert!

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Welcome, New Members!

Stephen W. Beard, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Administrative Officer, Heidrick & Struggles, Inc. As the premier professional services firm, Heidrick & Struggles continues to pioneer the fields of executive search, culture shaping, and leadership consulting. We provide top organizations around the world with integrated solutions for all of their leadership needs.

Matthew Cooper, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Capital One Financial.
Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses, and commercial clients. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One is one of the most widely recognized banks in America. As one of the nation’s top 10 largest banks based on deposits, Capital One services banking customers through branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

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In the News

Katherine Adams
, LCLD Member and General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Honeywell International, was profiled in Modern Counsel.



Kim Koopersmith
, LCLD Member and Chair of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, spoke with Forbes about topics including law firm succession, collaboration, and diversity.



Deborah Broyles, Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Reed Smith LLP, passed away on September 10. She is remembered for championing diversity across the profession.

Subsequently, Reed Smith LLP announced that it has renamed its diverse scholars program to honor Deborah. The program provides $20,000 awards and summer associate positions to two law students who have demonstrated academic excellence and commitment to diversity and inclusion. “We wanted a visible and meaningful way to honor Deborah’s legacy and her unflagging commitment to diversity,” said Alexander Thomas, LCLD Member and Global Managing Partner.

Chris Pickett
, Chief Diversity Officer at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale P.C. and 2013 Fellow, was profiled as a Diverse Business Leader of 2016.

Adrian Thompson
, Chief Diversity Officer at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP and 2011 Fellow, introduced the first annual Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Program.



Wesley Bizzell
, 2014 Fellow and Assistant General Counsel at Altria Group, Inc., spoke about ways that international companies can promote LGBT rights abroad.



Julie Engbloom
, 2016 Fellow and Attorney at Lane Powell, PC, discussed LGBT inclusion at Lane Powell.




Jessica Lewis
, 2016 Fellow and Trademark Counsel for The Coca-Cola Company, was profiled in Landslide, a publication of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law.



Janeen Lofton
, 2016 Fellow and Attorney at Liebler, Gonzalez & Portuondo, was recognized by Secretary Clinton for her advocacy work on legal diversity at the annual convention of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.


Bobbie Wilson
, 2013 Fellow and Partner at Perkins Coie LLP, was profiled as a Woman Leader in Tech Law in The Recorder.



Various LCLD Member organizations
were recently featured in the news.

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Jessica Smith Sabesan
Communications & Marketing Manager, LCLD Insider Editor

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