In what's become an annual highlight on the LCLD calendar, the Leadership Symposium of the LCLD Fellows Alumni met in Hollywood for three days of fellowship, including a day of community service. As in years past, the Alumni renew friendships, deepen and expand their network, and celebrate the success of colleagues.

The agenda for the symposium is presented below.

In an adjoining conference center at the same hotel, the Pathfinder Alumni met for the second time, building the same sort of relationships as the Fellows Alumni and engaging with the Fellows in several joint events. The agenda for the Pathfinder Alumni meeting can be found here.


Sessions marked with * are joint sessions with the Second Annual LCLD Pathfinder Alumni Meeting.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Fellows Alumni Executive Council Meeting

3:00 - 5:00 pm

Community Service Project at The Covenant House California

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception at the W Hollywood Hotel's Station Hollywood Outdoor Courtyard*

8:00 - 10:00 pm

Pick your favorite spot in LA and connect with both new and old Fellows Alumni.

Friday, June 22, 2018

8:30 - 9:00 am

Breakfast & Welcome Remarks
Patricia Palacios, Chair, Seventh Annual Fellows Alumni Leadership Symposium Committee; Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP; 2012 Fellow
Amy Ahn-Roll, Vice-Chair, Seventh Annual Fellows Alumni Leadership Symposium Committee; Senior Counsel, The Procter & Gamble Company; 2014 Fellow

9:00 - 9:30 am

LCLD Fellows Alumni Business Meeting & Announcement of Incoming Executive Council
Maritza Okata, Chair, LCLD Fellows Alumni EC; Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP; 2012 Fellow
Corey Lee, Chair-Elect, LCLD Fellows Alumni EC; Partner, Hunton & Williams LLP; 2012 Fellow

9:30 - 10:45 am

A Name Worth Fighting For
Simon Tam, Founder of The Slants
Introduction by Christopher Wilkinson, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; 2016 Fellow

10:45 - 11:15 am

Networking Break Sponsored by Fannie Mae

11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Visionary Leadership Among General Counsel
Alan Braverman, Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, The Walt Disney Company; LCLD Board Member
Carla Christofferson, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, AECOM
Kim Rivera, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, HP Inc.; LCLD Member
Laura Stein, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, The Clorox Company; LCLD Board Chair
Russell Swartz, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Southern California Edison; LCLD Member
Moderated by Robert Grey, President, LCLD

12:45 - 2:15 pm

Lunch & Ethics CLE* Session - Beyond Mere Compliance: Identifying and Addressing Bias in the Practice of Law
Michael W. Kelly, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
*CLE Requested and pending in AZ, CA, GA, IL, NJ, NY, and TX.

2:15 - 2:45 pm

Networking Break Sponsored by Fannie Mae

2:45 - 4:00 pm

Fellows at the Top: A Conversation with Current and Former Presidents of Diversity Organizations
Cyndie Chang, Managing Partner, Los Angeles Office, Duane Morris LLP; 2011 Fellow
Joseph M. Drayton, Partner, Cooley LLP; 2013 Fellow
Erica V. Mason, Partner, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete; 2012 Fellow
William J. Simonitsch, Partner, K&L Gates; 2012 Fellow
Moderated by Brigida Benitez, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP; 2016 Fellow

6:30 - 10:00 pm

Networking & Group Dinner at the Paramount Theatre*
Presenting the Fourth Annual Rick Palmore Awards, Community Service Award, and Participation is Key Award

Saturday, June 23, 2018

10:00 - 11:30 am

Coffee Chats at the W Hollywood Hotel, Sponsored by Horvitz & Levy LLP*
Topics and Speakers Include:

  • Life, Travel, Health & Fitness: How to Balance It All with Yvette Gatling, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.; 2012 Fellow
  • Managing Difficult Employees with Demetra Liggins, Partner, Thompson & Knight LLP; 2012 Fellow
  • Navigating the Leadership Ladder with Annita Riddick, Senior Counsel, Benefits & Commercial, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP; 2012 Fellow
  • Street Law Involvement with Christophe Mosby, Associate General Counsel & Vice President, HP Inc.; 2013 Fellow
  • Understanding Law Firm Financials with Trevor Faure, former General Counsel of Ernst & Young and current Global Adviser and President, Global General Counsel Academy, and Kandace Watson, Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP; 2013 Fellow

12:30 - 3:00 pm

Group Networking Event at the Getty Museum by Museum Hack


For questions, please contact Courtney Nolde, LCLD Fellows Alumni Program Manager.