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:

  • The LCLD Annual Meeting—Last Chance to Register! 
  • Get Ready for the 2019 1L LCLD Scholars Program
  • Fellow & Pathfinder Informational Calls
  • A Spotless Experience: LCLD Fellows Visit The Clorox Company
  • Recent Leadership Lunches
  • Welcome, New Members!
  • In the News 

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The LCLD Annual Meeting—Last Chance to Register 


October 15-16, 2018, LCLD Members and their guests are invited to attend the Ninth Annual LCLD Membership Meeting* at the Mandarin Oriental in 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. The LCLD block at the Mandarin Oriental is now closed, but the hotel is taking reservations based on availability. Please email Stella Askin, LCLD Programs & Events Coordinator, to secure a room. View additional hotel options here

Click here to view the agenda for the Annual Meeting, and click here to view a list of registrants.  

*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. Click here to register for the meeting and see hotel options.

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

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Get Ready for the 2019 1L Scholars Program 


A small group of 2018 1L Scholars at last year's 1L Scholars Summit in Philadelphia. (Photo by Jay Haas.)

LCLD Member organizations will be able to register to host 1L Scholars for summer 2019 internships from Wednesday, October 17 - Friday, November 16, 2018.

The 1L LCLD Scholars Program is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse first-year law students. Prior to completing an internship at your organization, the 1L Scholars will be invited to attend the 2019 1L Scholars Summit on June 4-6, 2019, at the Sheraton Atlanta. This is a career-development conference designed specifically for the 2019 1L Scholars.

In preparation for the 2019 1L Scholars Program, we invite Members and diversity professionals to attend the upcoming 2019 1L Scholars Program Informational Call (Call-In Number: 877-294-8214, Access Code: 5075876#) on Tuesday, October 23, 1:30-2:30 pm ET. 

During the call, we'll give an overview of the program and address any questions you may have. In the interim, you may review the Scholars Program FAQs and the Scholars Program Fact Sheet.

For questions, please contact Nancy Richardson, LCLD Program Manager.

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Fellow & Pathfinder Informational Calls 

The registration periods for 2019 Fellows and Pathfinders are still a couple of months away, but we hope you'll take this time to thoughtfully identify candidates for each program. Please mark your calendars for the following informational calls about each program, where you can learn more about the programs and ask questions.

2019 Fellows Program Informational Call

Wednesday, November 28, 2-3 pm EST 
Call-In Number: 877-294-8214; Access Code: 7717602
Nomination Period: Monday, December 3, 2018 - Friday, January 18, 2019

The Fellows Program is designed to connect high-potential attorneys (with 8-15 years of experience) from preeminent organizations for a year-long professional development series that focuses on leadership and relationship building. Click here for more information, or contact Nichole Velasquez, LCLD Program Manager.

2019 Pathfinder Program Informational Call

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 3-4 pm EST 
Call-In Number: 877-294-8214; Access Code: 7796069
Selection Period: Monday, December 3, 2018 - Friday, February 8, 2019

The Pathfinder Program is designed to connect high-potential attorneys for an eight-month professional development series that focuses on foundational leadership skills, professional networks and relationship building skills, and career development strategies. The program employs a range of training methods and networking opportunities available exclusively to Pathfinders. Law firm candidates should have three-to-five years of practice experience. In-house candidates should have three years or less of in-house experience, and less than eight total years of practice experience. Click here for more information on the 2019 program, or contact Erin Hess, LCLD Program Manager.

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A Spotless Experience: LCLD Fellows Visit The Clorox Company 


LCLD Fellows with Laura Stein, LCLD Board Chair and Executive Vice President and General Counsel at The Clorox Company. (Photo courtesy of  Mark Madeo.)

More than two dozen LCLD Fellows gathered at the Oakland, CA headquarters of The Clorox Company for a Learning Experience hosted by LCLD Board Chair Laura Stein, Clorox’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel. 

In a welcome message delivered on video, CEO Benno Dorer gave the Fellows an overview of Clorox corporate values and inclusion efforts. His inspirational message, “Do the Right Thing,” was echoed by many other speakers throughout the day.

Read the full article here

Look out for articles and photos from the following events in the LCLD Insider this fall: 

  • On August 28, 2018, the LCLD Fellows visited the campus of AT&T, Inc. for a Learning Experience hosted by LCLD Member David McAtee II, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel. LCLD Member Law Firm Baker Botts L.L.P. hosted a Welcome Event on August 27. 
  • On September 18, 2018, the LCLD Fellows visited the Chicago headquarters of United Airlines, Inc. for a Learning Experience hosted by Brett Hart, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, and General Counsel.

The next Learning Experience will be hosted at Facebook, Inc. in Menlo Park, CA on November 15, 2018, by LCLD Member Colin Stretch, Vice President and General Counsel.

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

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Recent Leadership Lunches 

LCLD Fellows with LCLD Members Julie Gruber and Mitchell Zuklie (second and fourth from left) at the San Francisco Leadership Lunch. (Photo courtesy of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.)

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

  • LCLD Members Julie Gruber, Executive Vice President, Global General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Office of Gap, Inc., and Mitchell Zuklie, Chairman and CEO of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, who spoke to Fellows during a Leadership Lunch hosted at the San Francisco office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP on September 10, 2018.
  • LCLD Members Jim Chosy, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of US Bancorp, and Kenneth Cutler, Managing Partner of Dorsey & Whitney LLP, who spoke to Fellows during a Leadership Lunch hosted at the Minneapolis office of Dorsey & Whitney LLP on September 11, 2018.
  • LCLD Member Lawrence Gesner, Co-Managing Partner of Venable LLP, and 2013 Fellow Caryn Groce, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Viacom International Media Networks, who spoke to Fellows during a Leadership Lunch hosted at the New York office of Venable LLP on September 27, 2018.

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

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Welcome, New Members! 

Brent Ballard is Managing Partner of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP. 
At Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, we believe that supporting a diverse workforce and inclusive environment enhances our ability to innovate and to deliver comprehensive client services. In addition to our commitment to fostering a more diverse and inclusive firm culture and legal profession, we actively support community-wide diversity and inclusion initiatives that enable us to contribute to the communities in which we work, live and volunteer.

Emily Schultz is Founder of Law Options.
 By providing thorough and independent workplace investigations, Law Options empowers global businesses to navigate sensitive employment matters, avoid risk, and resolve employee concerns.


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In the News 

Robert Grey, LCLD President, wrote an article for ABA Journal on the access to justice gap in the United States.

Kimberly Johnson
, LCLD Member and Chair of Quarles & Brady LLP, wrote about innovations in legal operations and how they can improve the law firm-client relationship and lead to greater diversity among outside counsel.

Tim Murphy, LCLD Member and General Counsel and Chief Franchise Officer of Mastercard, wrote an article for Corporate Counsel on improving relationships with outside counsel.

Dev Stahlkopf, LCLD Member and General Counsel of Microsoft, announced that the company will now require suppliers, including outside counsel, to offer employees a minimum of 12 weeks of paid parental leave.

Tracy Walker, LCLD Member and Managing Partner of McGuireWoods LLP, discussed challenges facing law firms, changes in the legal profession, and progress on diversity in a profile by Law360.

Meshach Rhoades, 2011 Fellow and Partner at Armstrong Teasdale, recently received the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Raising the Bar Award, the Girl Scouts of Colorado Women of Distinction Award, and an Outstanding Women in Business Award from the Denver Business Journal.

Charan Sandhu
, 2018 Fellow and Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, was named Minority Female Lawyer of the Year at the Chambers USA 2018 Women in Law Awards.

Various LCLD Member organizations were 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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Don Belt
Communications Director

If you have any news or honors that are relevant to LCLD Members, please email Don Belt at dbelt@lcldnet.com

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