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:

  • Mentors Still Needed in Select Cities
  • 2017 1L Scholars Organization Registration & Next Steps
  • 2017 Fellow Nominations
  • 2017 Pathfinder Selections
  • New Vision 10 Initiative Offers Career Guidance After the 1L Scholars Program
  • LIVE from Scripps: How Legal Leadership & TV Innovation Go Hand in Hand
  • We Thank Our Recent Regional Event Hosts
  • Welcome, New Members!
  • In the News

Did You Know?

You can find out "What's Working" in diversity and inclusion at other LCLD Member organizations and also submit your organization's successful initiatives.

Mentors Still Needed in Select Cities


There's still a need for Mentors in the following cities. If you're interested in mentoring a first-year law student in one of these cities, please register to become a Mentor today. We also urge you to pass this message along to other attorneys at your organization who may be interested.

  • Baltimore
  • Charlotte
  • Houston
  • Raleigh/Durham
  • Washington, D.C.

Please help these deserving students get off our waiting list and into a mentorship! Click here to become a Mentor today!

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2017 1L Scholars Organization Registration & Next Steps

Leslie Minier (left), Partner & Chief Diversity Officer at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, speaks to a small group of 2016 1L Scholars. (Photo by Jay Haas)

For Unregistered Organizations:

As a reminder, please register to host 1L Scholars for summer 2017 internships. The deadline has been extended to tomorrow, November 18, 2016. Click here for more information about the program, including FAQs and information about the 2017 1L LCLD Scholars Summit.

Next Steps for Registered Organizations:

Thank you for your commitment to the 2017 1L Scholars Program! The list of participating Member organizations will go live on December 1, 2016 so that law students can start applying to summer 2017 positions. As a reminder, please let Nancy Richardson know if you would like to be listed under Option A or Option B below by Monday, November 28, 2016:

OPTION A: Our organization would like to be listed as a participant in the 1L Scholars Program, but we prefer that students do not contact us regarding our available opportunities. NOTE: Member organizations that select this option will be listed separately from Member organizations that select Option B, with a clear message to students that these organizations are not soliciting applications.

OPTION B: Our organization would like LCLD to list our available opportunity for law students to apply. We will send LCLD our posting, website link, contact person, and/or any other information to which we would like students to have access.

For questions, please email Nancy Richardson, Program Manager.

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2017 Fellow Nominations

2016 Fellows at their second in-person 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


The class of 2016 LCLD Pathfinders, along with LCLD Program Director Lori Lorenzo (left, standing row 1) and LCLD President Robert Grey (right, standing row 1). (Photo by Jay Haas)

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.

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.

For questions, please email Lori Lorenzo, Program Director.

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New Vision 10 Initiative Offers Career Guidance After the 1L Scholars Program

By Nancy Richardson, LCLD Program Manager

Vision 10 participants during a speed-networking exercise. (Photo by Nancy Richardson)

October 20, 2016—After several years in the making, DLA Piper, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) kicked off the new initiative, Vision 10: Leveraging Networks, Customizing Success, at a reception sponsored by DLA Piper and Kirkland & Ellis at Kirkland’s Washington, D.C. office.

Motivated by feedback from 1L LCLD Scholars, the organizations worked together to create Vision 10 to address the needs of this talented group of law students beyond their first year in law school. This innovative initiative provides both mentoring and networking opportunities, and is designed to support 1L Scholars in the development of critical career management skills on the road from 2L to successful practice. Additionally, the students are empowered to choose their own attorney guide from a “Board of Directors,” who they can connect with during law school and into their early careers.

During the inaugural kick-off reception, a pilot group of Washington, D.C.-based 2016 1L LCLD Scholars and a Board of Directors (eight D.C.-based DLA Piper and Kirkland & Ellis attorneys) engaged in speed networking, got to know each other face-to-face, and made plans for future gatherings. Read the full article.

For more information about Vision 10, please email Nancy Richardson, Program Manager.

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LIVE from Scripps: How Legal Leadership & TV Innovation Go Hand in Hand

By Jessica Sabesan, LCLD Communications & Marketing Manager

Cynthia Gibson (left), Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., speaks to the Fellows. (Photo by Brittney Gazaway)

More than two dozen LCLD Fellows learned about the leadership and innovation behind some of their favorite television channels at a recent Learning Experience hosted by Scripps Networks Interactive in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Scripps owns nine channels including HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel, Great American Country, Fine Living, Asian Food Channel, and Polish media company, TVN. During the Learning Experience, the LCLD Fellows heard insights from a dozen Scripps business and legal executives including Cynthia Gibson, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer.

The Fellows certainly aren’t alone in their love of Scripps’ channels, which are broadcast to 300 million subscribers in 175 countries and 30 languages. HGTV and Food Network are among the 10 most watched cable networks among viewers aged 25-54 in the U.S. Read the full article and view photos.

The next Learning Experience will be hosted at Honeywell International by Harriet Mountcastle-Walsh, Vice President and General Counsel--Aerospace. The event will take place December 7-8, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. Look out for an article about the event this winter. For more information on how you can host a Learning Experience, please contact Lori Lorenzo, LCLD Program Director.

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We Thank Our Recent Regional Event Hosts

Les Bookoff (center, left), Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Bookoff McAndrews PLLC during a Leadership Lunch with LCLD Fellows. (Photo by Arthur Uratani)

LCLD would like to thank the following LCLD Members and organizations for hosting regional LCLD events this month:

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Welcome, New Members!

Louise Pentland, EVP, Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer, PayPal. At the heart of PayPal’s mission is the belief that now is the time to reimagine money, and to democratize financial services, so that managing and moving money is a right for all citizens, not just the affluent. We put our customers at the center of everything we do. We strive to increase our relevance for consumers, merchants, friends, and family to access and move their money anywhere in the world, any time, on any platform, and through any device.

Thomas J. Reid, Managing Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.
Davis Polk is a global law firm with offices strategically located in the world’s key financial centers. Known for our skillful work in highly complex matters that are critical to our clients, we offer high levels of excellence and breadth across all our practices. Our clients, many of them industry and global leaders, rely on the exceptional, collaborative service we deliver. Their success is our core focus.

Davis Polk’s range of practice spans such areas as capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, credit, antitrust and competition, litigation and enforcement, private equity, tax, financial regulation, investment management, insolvency and restructuring, executive compensation, FinTech, intellectual property and technology, real estate, and trusts and estates. Davis Polk has more than 900 lawyers in offices located in New York, Menlo Park, Washington, D.C., São Paulo, London, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, Beijing, and Hong Kong.

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In the News

Brad Smith
, LCLD Chair, and President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft Corporation, announced Microsoft met its goal of spending more than $100 million with women- and minority-owned law firms since 2010.


Mark Roellig
, Honorary Chair of the American Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion 360 Commission, General Counsel of MassMutual, and LCLD Board Member, spoke at the 2016 Legal Reform Summit about the business value of diversity.


Ivan Fong
, LCLD Member and Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs, and General Counsel of 3M Company, wrote about diversity as a business value and driver of innovation, mentioning 3M's partnership with LCLD.


Andrew Glincher
, LCLD Member and CEO of Nixon Peabody LLP, detailed the diversity efforts at his law firm, including a Rooney Rule for diverse hiring.



Louise Pentland
, LCLD Member and Chief Business and Legal Affairs Officer at PayPal Inc., discussed the importance of pro bono work for corporate legal departments.


Cyndie Chang
, 2011 Fellow and Partner at Duane Morris LLP, is now President of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.



Various LCLD Member organizations were also recently featured in the news.

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.

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Jessica 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.