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:

  • Only a Few Days Left to Name 2017 Pathfinders
  • Deadline Approaching for 2017 Fellow Nominations
  • Mentors Still Needed in Select Cities
  • Fellow Becomes General Counsel
  • Sky’s the Limit for Diversity and Innovation at Honeywell
  • Recent Regional Events
  • Welcome, New Members!
  • In the News

Did You Know?

You can easily find upcoming LCLD events in your area. Select the Calendar Grid view and choose a region from the drop-down menu.

Only a Few Days Left to Name 2017 Pathfinders

Early-career attorneys are eligible for the Pathfinder Program. Click here to review the program purpose, selection criteria, and fees; and view our 2017 Pathfinder Program Quick Reference Guide. The deadline to submit your Pathfinder selections is next Monday, January 23, 2017.

For questions about the Pathfinder Program, please contact Lori Lorenzo, Program Director.

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Deadline Approaching for 2017 Fellow Nominations

Mid-career attorneys are eligible for the Fellows Program. Click here to review the program purpose, selection criteria, and fees. Review the Member Tool Kit for the Fellows Program for tips on how to get the most out of this program. The deadline to submit your Fellow nominations is next Monday, January 23, 2017.

For questions about the Success in Law School Mentoring Program, please email Nancy Richardson, Program Manager.

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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.

  • Atlanta (2 Mentors needed)
  • Baltimore (2 Mentors needed)
  • Raleigh/Durham (2 Mentors needed)
  • Washington, D.C. (5 Mentors needed)

Please help these deserving students get off our waiting list and into a mentorship! The final deadline to register is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

For questions about the Success in Law School Mentoring Program, please email Nancy Richardson, Program Manager.

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Fellow Becomes General Counsel

Tamre Edwards
, 2014 Fellow, recently became the first General Counsel at Global Bankers Insurance Group. Congratulations, Tamre!

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Sky’s the Limit for Diversity and Innovation at Honeywell

By Caitlin Puffenberger, LCLD Communications Coordinator

With eyes and feet protected, Fellows tour Honeywell's engine manufacturing and test facility. (Photo by George Tenney)


When Flight 1549 lost both engines at 3,000 feet, it was a Honeywell auxiliary power unit that kicked in and allowed the flight crew to make a safe landing on the Hudson River. That engine helped make the “miracle on the Hudson” possible, and even appears in the 2016 film, Sully, based on the actual event – as Fellows saw for themselves at a Learning Experience at Honeywell Aerospace.

Most people know the Honeywell logo from their thermostats, but Honeywell designs, develops, and manufactures products in many industries, including oil and gas, chemical, manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, and defense. The aerospace division alone makes up for almost half of Honeywell’s $38.6 billion in sales. In fact, Honeywell builds integrated technologies for almost every type of aircraft, Aerospace General Counsel Harriet Mountcastle-Walsh told Fellows in her welcome remarks.

So how does Honeywell ensure that they are producing the best, most innovative technology? According to Bob Smith, President - Mechanical Systems and Components, diversity plays a big role. Read the full article and view photos.

If you are interested in hosting a Fellows Learning Experience, please contact Lori Lorenzo, Program Director.

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Recent Regional Events

Top Right: Salle Yoo, General Counsel at Uber, and Jeffrey Gray, Firmwide Managing Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, speak to Fellows during a Leadership Lunch in Seattle, Nov. 2016. (Photo by Yvonne Usher)

LCLD would like to thank the following LCLD Members and partners that are hosting regional LCLD events this month:

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Save the Date: 2017 Annual Meeting

The Mandarin Oriental hotel, Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of the Mandarin Oriental)

Mark your calendar for the Eighth Annual LCLD Membership Meeting, October 16-17, 2017 at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

A formal agenda will be available in the coming months. For questions about the meeting, please contact Jennifer Denton, Membership & Operations Director.

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Welcome, New Members!

Amaryah Bocchino, Managing Partner, Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP. Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP (MG+M) is a national litigation firm with extensive expertise in a wide range of practice areas, and a diverse team of attorneys in nine fully integrated offices across the country. MG+M is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion, as we believe our greatest strength lies in combining our unique backgrounds, life experiences, and talents into a multifaceted whole. Through our unified team approach, coupled with national resources, creative trial tactics, and an unwavering focus on optimal results, MG+M achieves outcomes that help businesses thrive. For more information, visit www.mgmlaw.com.

Steven Gartner, Chairman, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.
At Willkie, our most valuable asset is our people. We strongly believe that everyone benefits from a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we are firmly committed to maintaining such an environment by recruiting, retaining, and promoting people of all backgrounds and cultural experiences. The confluence of people of different races, cultures, religions, beliefs, and sexual orientations makes for a stronger team that is more adept at creative problem solving on behalf of our clients.

Matthew Lepore, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer, BASF Corporation.
 At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. Building an inclusive environment that encompasses diversity of gender, race, experience, and points of view is paramount not only to our future success, but to our ability to attract and retain the best people. Together, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility.

Reginald O'Shields, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Federal Home Loan Bank. 
The Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBanks) are regional, cooperative banks established by Congress in 1932 that offer competitively-priced financing, community development grants, and other banking services to help member financial institutions make affordable home mortgages and provide economic development credit to neighborhoods and communities throughout the United States. The FHLBanks’ members are commercial banks, credit unions, savings institutions, community development financial institutions, and insurance companies. Together with their fiscal agent, the Office of Finance, the 11 FHLBanks constitute the Federal Home Loan Bank System.

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In the News

Michael Gerstenzang
, LCLD Member and Managing Partner of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, spoke with Forbes about his new role.



Francine Griesing
, LCLD Member, and Founder and Managing Member of Griesing Law LLC, was named among the “11 Professionals Moving and Shaking Philly Business.”


Madeleine McDonough
, LCLD Member and Chair of Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., spoke with Grow KC on her new role and her plans for the firm’s future.



Dara Mann
, LCLD Mentor and Partner at Dentons US LLP, writes about the importance of sponsorship for advancing the careers of women and minority lawyers.


Various LCLD Member organizations
were also mentioned 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.