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:

  • Candidates Now Applying to 2018 1L Scholars Program Internships
  • 2018 Fellow Nominations
  • 2018 Pathfinder Selections
  • Recent Learning Experience & Leadership Lunch
  • Welcome, New Member!
  • In the News

Happy Holidays!

We hope you're having a wonderful holiday season, and we wish you a happy and successful New Year!

Candidates Now Applying to 2018 1L Scholars Program Internships


2017 1L Scholars await mock interviews at Duane Morris LLP during the 2017 1L LCLD Scholars Summit in Philadelphia, May 2017. (Photo: Jay Hass)

Thanks to you, a record 123 Member organizations will host 1L LCLD Scholars Program internships next summer! We have notified more than 100 law schools, nationwide, of the 2018 1L LCLD Scholars Opportunities, which were posted to the LCLD website on December 1, 2017.

Next Steps:

  1. Hire 1L Scholars: Each Member organization will independently identify, select, and hire its respective 1L Scholars. Candidates are now applying to internship postings on the Scholars Opportunities web page.
  2. Register Individual 1L Scholars: From April 2-30, 2018, LCLD Member organizations will provide their Scholars’ information to LCLD and register them for the 2018 1L LCLD Scholars Summit, which will take place May 22-24, 2018 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill in Philadelphia, PA.

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

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2018 Fellow Nominations 


2017 Fellows at their second meeting in Washington, D.C., October 2017. (Photo: Wilma Jackson)

As a reminder, please submit your 2018 Fellow nominations by Thursday, January 11, 2018.

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 Nichole Velasquez, Fellows Program Manager.

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2018 Pathfinder Selections


2017 Pathfinders at their final meeting at Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, D.C., November 2017. (Photo: Wilma Jackson)

As a reminder, please submit your 2018 Pathfinder selections by Thursday, January 18, 2018. Please note that many 2013 1L LCLD Scholars are now employed by LCLD Member organizations and are eligible to become 2018 Pathfinders!

The goal of the Pathfinder Program is to provide early-career attorneys with essential "soft" skills including leadership, relationship building, networking, and career planning to benefit both Pathfinders and the organizations they work for. Law firm candidates should have 3-7 years of practice experience. In-house candidates should have up to 3 years of in-house experience, and less than 8 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 Erin Hess, Program Manager.

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Recent Learning Experience & Leadership Lunch


LCLD Members Stephen Immelt (left) and David Leitch speak during the Fellows Leadership Lunch. (Photo: Kaveh Sardari)

We'd like to thank the following Members for hosting Fellows events this month:

  • Alan Braverman, Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at The Walt Disney Company (LCLD Board Member), hosted a Learning Experience on December 4-5, 2017 at Disney's headquarters in Burbank, CA. Look out for an article about the event this winter.
  • Stephen Immelt, Chief Executive Officer of Hogan Lovells US LLP, and David Leitch, Global General Counsel at Bank of America Corporation, hosted a Leadership Lunch on December 8, 2017 at Hogan Lovells' office in Washington, D.C.

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

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Welcome, New Member!

Carlos Brown, Vice President and General Counsel, Dominion Energy, Inc. Dominion Energy, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 25,600 megawatts of generation, 15,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,600 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion Energy operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 1 trillion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves more than 6 million utility and retail energy customers.

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In the News 

Russell Gertmenian
, LCLD Member and Chair of Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, shared how his firm has had success with mid-market corporations—primarily through an emphasis on relationships.



Fran Griesing,
LCLD Member, and Founder and Managing Member at Griesing Law, LLC, spoke at Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Philadelphia on “Grit: Secret Recipes of Successful Women Entrepreneurs.” She was also recently selected by Women’s Enterprise magazine as one of the 2017 Top WBE CEOs.

Ahmed Davis
, National Chair of Diversity at Fish & Richardon, P.C., wrote about the importance of measuring progress toward diversity goals.



Kristine McKinney
, Chief Professional and Development Officer at Fish & Richardson, P.C., received the 2018 “Diversity Leader” Award from the Profiles in Diversity Journal.



Nicole Crum
, 2017 Fellow, is now Head of Sullivan & Worcester’s Corporate Governance and Board Advisory practice.



Heather Hubbard
, 2013 Fellow, was featured in the ABA Journal’s Web 100 for having one of the top 25 legal podcasts in the country.



Amanda McGovern
, 2017 Fellow and Partner at Rivero Mestre LLP, wrote an article for The Daily Business Review on the importance of diversity for improving law firm results.



Ten members of the LCLD community were among the 45 lawyers on the Crain’s Chicago Business list of the Most Influential Minority Lawyers in Chicago for 2017.

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 Specialist.

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.