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:

  • Mentor Registration is Now Open
  • Thank You to the Sponsors of the Fifth Annual LCLD Fellows Alumni Conference
  • Highlights from the 2016 1L LCLD Scholars Summit in Chicago
  • Recent Learning Experience
  • Microsoft Hosts Fellows Alumni Regional Roundtable
  • Upcoming Leadership Lunches
  • In the News

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Mentor Registration is Now Open 


Longtime LCLD Mentor Cristina Fernandez (right), Vice President of U.S. Legal Operations Payer Markets at GlaxoSmithKline, speaks to a law student Mentee at an event. (Photo courtesy of K&L Gates LLP)

Please help LCLD recruit attorneys from your organization to become Mentors for the 2016-2017 LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program. In the fall, registered Mentors will be matched with diverse, first-year law students in major cities across the country. Although registration will be open through August, Mentors will be matched in the order in which they registered.

Click here to register to become a Mentor for the 2016-2017 academic year.

We look forward to working with your organization as part of the Mentoring Program this year! Thank you in advance for your help.

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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Thank You to the Sponsors of the Fifth Annual LCLD Fellows Alumni Conference

LCLD Fellows Alumni from the classes of 2011-2015 will reunite for the Fifth Annual LCLD Fellows Alumni Conference, June 23-26, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The conference will be hosted at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and the Loews Chicago Hotel.

The Fellows Alumni will learn about career development and diversity as a business strategy, corporate boards, leadership advice, and the judiciary. The keynote speaker will be Bryan Stevenson, who is an attorney, human rights activist, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy.

In addition to a community service project benefitting the Albany Park Theater Project and networking events, the second annual Rick Palmore LCLD Fellows Alumni Award for exceptional leadership and the Community Service Award will be presented at the conference. We'd like to thank the following LCLD Member organizations that are sponsoring this conference:























Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C.  |  
Hunton & Williams LLP

Littler Mendelson P.C.  |  The Procter & Gamble Company

For more information about the Fellows Alumni Conference, please contact Courtney Nolde, LCLD Special Projects Manager.

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Highlights from the 2016 1L LCLD Scholars Summit in Chicago


The 1L LCLD Scholars, Class of 2016. (Photo by Jay Haas)

More than 200 1L Scholars from all over the U.S. started their summer internships at LCLD Member organizations by attending the 2016 1L LCLD Scholars Summit, May 19-21, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.

The Summit began with a series of mock interviews conducted by attorneys from LCLD Member organizations in the Chicago area, followed by a full two-day agenda of presentations, networking exercises, panel discussions, and social interaction.

Two LCLD Member organizations also sponsored receptions at the Summit: Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP supported the Welcome Reception on Thursday night; Walmart, the Networking Reception on Friday. Read the agenda and view photos.

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

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Recent Learning Experience


The latest Fellows Learning Experience was hosted on June 8, 2016 at PNC Financial Services Group (PNC) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by Greg Jordan, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer. Additionally, LCLD Member firms Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, K&L Gates LLP, and Reed Smith LLP hosted welcome events on the evening of June 7.

Look out for an article and photos in the Insider from the event this summer!

For more information on how you can host a Learning Experience, please contact Nichole Velasquez, LCLD Program Manager.

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Microsoft Hosts Fellows Alumni Regional Roundtable


LCLD would like to thank Microsoft and all those who helped to organize the LCLD Fellows Alumni Regional Roundtable event hosted today in Washington, D.C. at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center.

The speakers were Frederick S. Humphries, Jr., Corporate Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs, and Hossein Nowbar, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Cloud & Enterprise Business and Microsoft Research & Advanced Technologies. The discussion was moderated by 2015 Fellow Alicia Lowery Rosenbaum, Senior Attorney in the Sales, Marketing, and Services Group.

Click here for more information about the event and speakers.

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Upcoming Leadership Lunches


LCLD would like to thank the following LCLD Members in advance for hosting Fellows Leadership Lunches this month:

  • Denise Keane, LCLD Board Member and Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Altria Group, Inc., and Roger P. Furey, Chairman of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, will speak at a lunch hosted at Katten's Washington, D.C. office on June 21, 2016.
  • Also on June 21, the San Francisco office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP will host a lunch featuring Laura Stein, LCLD Board Chair-Elect and Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Affairs, at The Clorox Company, and Carla Oakley, Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

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

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In the News


Brad Smith
, LCLD Board Chair, and President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft Corp., was profiled for his support of LGBTQ rights.



Mark Roellig
, LCLD Board Member and Executive Vice President & General Counsel of MassMutual, has received the 2016 Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award from the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity.


Gary Sasso
, LCLD Board Member and President and CEO of Carlton Fields, wrote an article for Best Lawyers Business on moving beyond statistics to improve diversity.



Andrew Kassner
, LCLD Member and Chair and CEO of Drinker Biddle & Reath, spoke to Bloomberg Law about his first year as CEO.



Paulette Brown
, President of the American Bar Association and Co-Chair of Diversity and Inclusion at LCLD Member firm Locke Lord LLP, was interviewed by Bar & Bench during a trip to India, and for a series in Best Lawyers Business on high-achieving female attorneys.


Cyndie Chang
, 2011 Fellow and Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office of Duane Morris LLP, was interviewed for a series on 15 high-achieving female attorneys.



Samaa Haridi
, 2011 Fellow at Partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP, discussed her work as an international arbitration lawyer on the podcast “Women Killing It.”



Laura Maechtlen
, 2011 Fellow and Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Action Team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, spoke on being an LGBT attorney in BigLaw.



Anthony Sharett
, 2013 Fellow and Partner at BakerHostetler, received the Ohio Women’s Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion Sponsor Award.



Andres Cantero
, 2014 1L Scholar, was featured in a video on children of immigrants graduating from the University of California Gould School of Law.



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 featured 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.