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 Now Open
  • Reminder: LCLD Members, Register for the Annual LCLD Membership Meeting
  • 2018 1L Scholars Gather in Philadelphia
  • Recent Learning Experience
  • What's Working: Communicate with Courage, Candor, and Clarity
  • Recent Leadership Lunches
  • Pathfinders and Fellows Meet Up for Compass Conversations
  • Thank You to the Sponsors of the Fellows Alumni Leadership Symposium
  • Thank You to the Sponsors of the Pathfinder Alumni Meeting
  • Welcome, New Member!
  • In the News

Did You Know?

We've added a web-friendly version of the "Diversity at a Glance" brochure to the LCLD website, under the Resources tab. You can also view it directly here. This is a great tool if you'd like to review data on diversity in the legal profession and how LCLD fits into the picture.

Mentor Registration Now Open

2017-2018 1L Mentees (left) and Mentors (right) at a Group Mentoring Program event hosted by Frost Brown Todd in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Ira Graham).

Attorneys at LCLD Member organizations may now register to become Mentors as part of the 2018-2019 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.

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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Reminder: LCLD Members, Register for the Annual LCLD Membership Meeting


October 15-16, 2018, LCLD Members and their guests are invited to attend the Ninth Annual LCLD Membership Meeting* at the Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C. On the evening of October 15, there will be a Welcome Reception at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

You may click here to register for the meeting. Please click here to book your hotel room at the Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C. under the "LCLD Annual Meeting 2018" block rate of $425 per night, by Monday, September 17, 2018. Rooms at this rate will be available until September 17, or until the block is sold out--whichever comes first.

Keep a lookout this summer for the Annual Meeting agenda.

*2018 Fellows, please note that you are invited to attend the concurrent LCLD 2018 Fellows Second Meeting, October 15-17, 2018 at The Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C. The Ninth Annual LCLD Membership Meeting is designed specifically for LCLD Member Managing Partners, General Counsel, and their invited guests.

For questions about registration or hotel reservations, please contact Stella Askin, Program & Events Coordinator. For questions about the meeting, please contact Jennifer Denton, Membership & Operations Director.

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2018 1L Scholars Gather in Philadelphia

2018 Scholars at the 2018 1L LCLD Scholars Summit in Philadelphia, PA, May 2018. (Photo by Jay Haas)

For enabling more than 280 1L Scholars to participate in challenging summer internships, LCLD would like to thank the 130 LCLD Member organizations and non-Member partnering organizations for hosting these up-and-coming attorneys. Click here to see the full list of participating organizations.

We'd like to extend a special thank you to Cozen O'Connor P.C., Littler Mendelson P.C., Reed Smith LLP, and Walmart Inc., which served as sponsors of the 2018 1L LCLD Scholars Summit, May 22-24, 2018 in Philadelphia. We would also like to thank the LCLD  attorney volunteers who conducted the Scholars' mock interviews, which were hosted at Reed Smith. There were 238 Scholars in attendance, 150 of which participated in mock interviews.

During the summit, LCLD President Robert Grey opened the meeting, which included several small breakout sessions led by LCLD Fellows Alumni and industry experts on legal practice areas, judicial clerkships, practicing in house, and using a law degree in business and other non-practicing positions.

Additionally, Scholars had several networking opportunities and learned ways to navigate their internships and the early years of their practice, strategies for overcoming bias in the workplace, and how to engage with professionals across generations. Click here to learn more about the summit agenda and view photos.

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





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Recent Learning Experience 

On June 20, 2018, the LCLD Fellows visited the campus of Southern California Edison (SCE) for a Learning Experience hosted by LCLD Member Russell Swartz, Senior Vice President and General Counsel. LCLD Member Law Firm, Munger Tolles & Olsen LLP, hosted a Welcome Event on June 19, 2018. Look out for an article about the experience this summer.

The next Learning Experience will be hosted at The Clorox Company in San Francisco on August 9, 2018, by LCLD Board Chair Laura Stein, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Affairs.

For more information about hosting an LCLD Fellows Learning Experience, please contact Nichole Velasquez, LCLD Program Manager.

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What's Working: Communicate with Courage, Candor, and Clarity


The SBI Model (left) was developed by the Center for Creative Leadership. The Ladder of Inference (right) was developed by organizational psychologist Chris Argyris and used by Peter Senge in The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization.

O’Melveny & Myers LLP is working to develop a feedback culture by encouraging colleagues to give, receive, and request feedback more frequently across all levels.

Research shows that traditional feedback and evaluation processes don’t always work for women, minorities, and Millennials. O’Melveny has already begun to make changes to its performance review systems. But to have a truly sustainable impact, firm leadership aims to create a culture of feedback.

“We see this as an underpinning,” said Mary Ellen Connerty, Leader of Diversity and Engagement. “Our attorneys and staff were requesting more frequent and in-the-moment feedback, and the annual process alone wasn’t meeting their needs. We wanted to introduce a simple feedback model that everybody understood, could adopt, and that would help us all be more courageous, direct, and clear in seeking and receiving feedback.”

Working with a consultant, the firm developed a two-part training module for both attorneys and staff. The modules emphasize the importance of giving and receiving feedback in performance and career development; address some of the barriers to successful feedback; and guide people in using the Situation-Behavior-Impact (SBI) feedback model originally introduced by the Center for Creative Leadership (see above). Read more.

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

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Recent Leadership Lunches


Jennett Hill (right) and Steven Humke (second from right) speak to LCLD Fellows at the June 14 Leadership Lunch. (Photo by Kristen Matha)

We'd like to thank the following LCLD affiliates for hosting and speaking at Fellows' Leadership Lunches this month:

  • LCLD Member Matthew Cooper, General Counsel of Capital One Financial, and Jonathan Harmon, Partner and Chairman of McGuirewoods LLP, who spoke to Fellows during a Leadership Lunch hosted at the Washington, D.C., office of McGuireWoods LLP on June 1, 2018.
  • LCLD Member Steven Humke, Chief Managing Partner of Ice Miller LLP, and 2011 LCLD Fellow Jennett Hill, Vice President and General Counsel of Citizens Energy Group, who spoke to Fellows during at Leadership Lunch hosted at the Indianpolis, IN, office of Ice Miller LLP on June 14, 2018.

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

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Pathfinders and Fellows Meet Up for Compass Conversations 

Nearly 130 of the 2018 Pathfinders and 80 Fellows/Alumni got together for small group networking gatherings over lunch at Compass Conversations across the country on June 5 and throughout the first week in June. There were a total of 36 Compass events in 24 cities, with two-to-three Fellows and four-to-six Pathfinders at each event.

Although many events took place at local restaurants, the following LCLD Member organizations graciously hosted events at their offices: Paul Hastings LLP in San Francisco, Shutts & Bowen LLP in Miami, and The Walt Disney Company at its Studio Lot in Burbank.

Look out for more details and photos from the 2018 Compass Conversation Day this summer.

For questions about Compass Conversations, please contact Walt Lohmann, LCLD Special Projects Coordinator. For general questions about the Pathfinder Program, please contact Erin Hess, Program Manager.

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Thank You to the Sponsors of the Fellows Alumni Leadership Symposium

LCLD Fellows Alumni from the classes of 2011-2017 will reunite for the Seventh Annual LCLD Fellows Alumni Leadership Symposium: Visionary Leadership at the W Hollywood hotel from June 21-23, 2018.

The Fellows Alumni will learn about visionary leadership from a panel of LCLD Member general counsel, as well as a panel of Fellows Alumni who have served as presidents of diversity organizations. They will also have an opportunity to earn Ethics CLE credit for a presentation on "Beyond Mere Compliance: Identifying and Addressing Bias in the Practice of Law" by Squire Patton Boggs Partner Michael W. Kelly.

Attendees will also hear insights from Simon Tam, founder of the all-Asian American dance rock band The Slants, who helped expand freedom of speech through winning a unanimous victory at the Supreme Court of the United States for a landmark case in constitutional and trademark law (Matal v. Tam).

In addition to a community service project benefiting the Covenant House California, and various networking events, the fourth annual Rick Palmore LCLD Fellows Alumni Awards for exceptional leadership will be presented to 2016 Fellow Merisa Heu-Weller and 2011 Fellow Kassem Lucas, and the Community Service Award will be presented to the class with the highest level of participation in the Covenant House project.

We'd like to thank the following LCLD Member organizations that are sponsoring this symposium:
















Bird Marella, P.C.  |  Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP  |  Lane Powell P.C.  |  Littler Mendelson P.C.

Pepper Hamilton LLP  |  Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP  |  The Procter & Gamble Company


This event is made possible in part by the generous donations to the All In! Campaign.



For questions about the Fellows Alumni Leadership Symposium, please contact Courtney Nolde, Fellows Alumni Program Manager.

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Thank You to the Sponsors of the Pathfinder Alumni Meeting

LCLD Pathfinders from the classes of 2015-2017 will reunite for the Second Annual LCLD Pathfinder Alumni Meeting at the W Hollywood hotel from June 21-23, 2018.

During the meeting, Pathfinder Alumni will have the opportunity to earn a wealth of CLE credit in sessions on "#MeToo," "Entertainment Law: Inclusion Riders," and "Current Issues in Immigration Law," in addition to a number of networking opportunities, some of which will be with the LCLD Fellows Alumni at the concurrent LCLD Fellows Alumni Leadership Symposium.

Attendees will also hear insights from Philline Zitin, Director - Workplace and Employment Law at Panda Restaurant Group, and a panel of attorneys about navigating career inflection points.

We'd like to thank the following LCLD Member organizations that are sponsoring this meeting:












For questions about the Pathfinder Alumni Meeting, please contact Courtney Nolde.

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Welcome, New Member!


Patricia Brown Holmes, Managing Partner, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP. RSHC is a service-oriented and technologically sophisticated midsize law firm of litigators, trial lawyers, and transactional attorneys. Clients are the center of our mission. We align our interests with theirs and put the emphasis on efficiency and results. We care about our clients and each other, so we live our shared beliefs: driving innovation in the business of law, promoting diversity, and serving our communities. RSHC is organically diverse. We don’t just have goals, we have demonstrated results.

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In the News


Benjamin Wilson
, LCLD Board Member and Chair of Beveridge & Diamond PC, is receiving the Lead by Example Award from the National Association for Women Lawyers for supporting the advancement of women within his organization.


Francine Griesing
, LCLD Member, and Founder and Managing Member of Griesing Law LLC, gave tips on negotiating equal pay at a recent meeting of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association.


With her term as president of the Hennepin County Bar Association beginning July 1, Adine Momoh, 2013 Fellow and Partner at Stinson Leonard Street LLP, spoke with the Minneapolis StarTribune about her goals for the coming year. The first minority woman and the youngest attorney ever to serve in the role of HCBA president, Momoh is ready for the challenge of engaging the 8,000-member, 100-year-old association.

Daniel Prince
, 2014 Fellow and Partner at Paul Hastings LLP, was featured in the University of Southern California Alumni Spotlight, airing on the Pac-12 network.


Amanda Rios
, 2018 Pathfinder and Associate at Dechert LLP, co-wrote an article on compliance for The National Law Journal.



Various LCLD Member organizations
were also featured in the news.

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.