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:

  • Remember to Post 2017 1L Scholar Internship Opportunities
  • Meet Fellows in Your Region at Leadership Lunches
  • Welcome, New LCLD Staff Members!
  • Welcome, New Members!
  • In the News

Did You Know?

You may view the Membership Map to see where current LCLD Members are located.

Remember to Post 2017 1L Scholar Internship Opportunities

2016 1L LCLD Scholars at last year's Scholars Summit in Chicago. (Photo by Jay Haas)

Thanks to you, a record 112 Member organizations will host 1L LCLD Scholars Program internships next summer! We have notified more than 100 law schools, nationwide, of the 2017 1L LCLD Scholars Opportunities, which were posted to the LCLD website in December.

PLEASE NOTE: If you haven't sent your posting preference (whether you want your organization to be listed under the first or the second table on the Scholars Opportunities page), your organization is currently listed by default under the second table (no direct contact from candidates). Please let Nancy Richardson know as soon as possible, if your organization needs to be moved to the other list. Please also send the link or PDF for your posting as soon as possible.

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

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Meet Fellows in Your Region at Leadership Lunches

Les Bookoff (center, left), Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Bookoff McAndrews PLLC, with Fellows at a November 2016 Leadership Lunch in Washington, DC. (Photo by Arthur Uratani)

In preparation for the 2017 class of LCLD Fellows, we hope that you’ll consider hosting a Leadership Lunch this year. Leadership Lunches provide a unique opportunity for Members to interact with Fellows in a small group mentoring session over lunch. During these two-hour events, one general counsel and one managing partner share their personal journeys with the Fellows, as well as insight into how talent is managed at their organizations. Click here to see suggested discussion topics and click here to browse through past lunches.

LCLD Members have also developed the Leadership Lunch concept even further, hosting extended Leadership Lunch Plus events. Going beyond the core luncheon, organizations have added enhancements like company tours, personal branding exercises, receptions, and panel discussions with resident Fellows and organizational leaders. Read about Leadership Lunch Plus events hosted by Yum! Brands as well as Nationwide and Bricker & Eckler LLP, and discover just a few of the possibilities. We encourage you to make your event just as unique as your organization!

For more information or questions about hosting a Fellows Leadership Lunch, please contact Nichole Velasquez, Fellows Program Manager.

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Welcome, New LCLD Staff Members!

Joe Slay
is our new Strategic Initiatives Director. Joe's role with LCLD has evolved to managing the development of LCLD Strategic Initiatives, with particular focus on LCLD Fellows Alumni and developing the LCLD community.


Erin Hess has joined LCLD as the new Strategic Initiatives Program Manager. Erin handles the coordination of LCLD strategic initiatives, including the development of the LCLD Fellows Alumni strategic plan and the LCLD Diversity Professionals Forum.


Nichole Velasquez
is the Fellows Program Manager. She supervises the LCLD Fellows Program, including managing the Fellows meetings, Leadership Lunches, and Learning Experiences.


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Welcome, New Members! 

Christopher Caldwell, Principal, Caldwell Leslie & Proctor, PC.
Caldwell Leslie & Proctor is one of the preeminent litigation boutiques in California, combining the first-rate skills of larger firms with the responsiveness of a small firm, to handle a wide range of complex and high-stakes matters—including white collar crime and investigations, intellectual property, securities, professional liability, real estate, environmental, employment, partnership, and international trade disputes. 

We believe that creative and innovative solutions are the result of collaboration among those with divergent perspectives and life experiences. Which is why, at Caldwell Leslie, the majority looks much different than at most law firms. We encourage and support diversity, as reflected by the attorneys who practice at Caldwell Leslie—65 percent of whom are women, minorities, and/or identify as LGBTQ.


Lisa E. Cleary, Co-Chair and Managing Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. Patterson Belknap is a law firm of over 200 lawyers committed to providing high quality legal advice and service to clients and to maintaining a congenial and diverse workplace. We make our clients’ business issues our own. At the same time, we care about our attorneys, our staff, and the community we are privileged to serve. The firm is dedicated to being the best professional home in New York City, maintaining an atmosphere and culture of civility, dignity, inclusion, and respect in which all firm personnel can engage and flourish. Diversity among our lawyers and staff is critical to that culture.

Raymond J. Manista, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Northwestern Mutual.
Northwestern Mutual is a 160-year old Fortune 100 company that delivers financial security through a whole picture planning approach that combines insurance and investments. Committed to an inclusive culture, and to recruiting, developing, and promoting professionals in a diverse law department, Northwestern Mutual is pleased to be part of LCLD’s mission to build a more open and diverse legal profession.

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In the News

Brad Smith
, Immediate Past Chair of LCLD and President of Microsoft Corp., made a formal request for an exception process to the presidential executive order limiting immigration from several countries.


Benjamin Wilson
, LCLD Board Member and Managing Principal at Beveridge & Diamond, PC, spoke with Washington Lawyer about his career path, civil rights, and diversity.


Brad Karp
, LCLD Member, shares his personal and professional journey to becoming Chairman of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.


Loan Huynh
, 2016 Fellow and Shareholder at Fredrikson & Byron, PA, was featured in an article about lawyers offering free legal advice to people with questions about the immigration ban.


Patrice Jean
, 2014 Fellow and Partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, was mentioned in The National Law Journal for her work on President Trump’s trademark applications.

Various LCLD Member organizations
were also featured in the news.

See What's Working at LCLD Member organizations.
 Read about innovative solutions for creating a more inclusive legal profession and find out if what's working for these organizations can work for yours, too. To submit an initiative, please email Caitlin Puffenberger, LCLD Communications Coordinator.

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.