Welcome to the Pathfinder Newsletter

“Pathways” is distributed to current and alumni Pathfinders each quarter and features program news and information, alerts of upcoming events, updates on your fellow Pathfinders, and other resources to help you get the most out of your involvement in the LCLD Pathfinder Program. Past Pathways newsletters are archived on the LCLD website.  

We want to hear from you! If you received a promotion, changed jobs, are engaged in community service, or have a practice-related publication, we want to share it. If you plan to host a Pathfinder Meet-Up, or are attending an event and want to connect with other Pathfinders while traveling, let us know. We also want to hear personal updates—so let us know if you got married, had a baby, or had other big life changes, and we'll help you celebrate. Email newsletter submissions to Communications Specialist Caitlin Puffenberger or Program Manager Erin Hess.    

In this Issue:

2018 Pathfinders Andrea Wechter (left), Becky Ojeda, Hannah Mohrman, Yoon-jee Kim, and Shani Harmon at their Second Pathfinder Meeting in Purchase, New York, this November.  


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The Pathfinder Directory has a lot of cool new features—make sure you check them out!

2018 Pathfinder Charles Austin is now an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Baltimore, Maryland. 

2018 Pathfinder Erica Barrow was appointed to the Character and Fitness Committee of the New York State Courts. 

2018 Pathfinder Kayla Cook is now Partner at Bowles Rice LLP. 

2018 Pathfinder Daniyal Iqbal has moved to Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Wilmington, Delaware.

2018 Pathfinder Yoon-jee Kim is on secondment with Credit Suisse.

2018 Pathfinder Anita Lam has moved to Microsoft Corporation. 

2018 Pathfinder Kuruvilla Olasa has been promoted to Partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP.

2018 Pathfinder Jaclyn Piltch has moved to Analysis Group, Inc., where she is Assistant Legal Counsel. 

2018 Pathfinder Anant Pradhan was promoted to Senior Counsel at Apple, Inc.

2018 Pathfinder Niraj Rath has moved to Roetzel & Andress in Chicago, where he is an Associate. 

2018 Pathfinder Amanda Rios recently wrote an article for the National Law Journal. Read more here

2018 Pathfinder Reginald Sainvil will be moving to Greenberg Traurig LLP in Miami later this month. 

2018 Pathfinder Mayra Suarez is now a member of Skadden's DC Office Diversity Committee and the Co-Chair of the DC Office Latina affinity group.

2018 Pathfinder Lisa Thompkins has moved to Shearman & Sterling LLP in Houston, where she is an Associate. 

2018 Pathfinder Lauren Valastro has moved to Diamond McCarthy LLP in Houston, where she is an Associate. 

2017 Pathfinder Philip Chong has moved to Keller Foundations, LLC, where he is Corporate Counsel.  

2017 Pathfinder Jose Medina has moved to Proskauer Rose LLP.

2017 Pathfinder Feather Moy-Welsh has moved to Goodwin Procter LLP.

2017 Pathfinder Zalika Pierre has moved to Holland & Knight LLP.

2017 Pathfinder Travis Sumter has been promoted to Senior Employment Law Counsel at GlaxoSmithKline. 

2017 Pathfinder Charys Williams has been promoted to Senior Associate Counsel at Walmart Inc.  

2017 Pathfinder Kelsey Williams has moved to Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., where she is Counsel. 

2016 Pathfinder David Ikenna Adams has been promoted to Associate General Counsel at Eaze. 

2016 Pathfinder Suzette Pringle Barnes has been promoted to Senior Associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. 

2016 Pathfinder Jessyca Deesing was promoted to Senior Legal Counsel at Adobe Systems Incorporated.

2016 Pathfinder Gerard Clodomir has moved to Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP. 

2016 Pathfinder Dan Garcia has moved to Facebook, Inc., where he is Associate General Counsel. 

2016 Pathfinder Maria Martinez was promoted to Senior Associate Attorney at Bodman PLC. 

2016 Pathfinder Aneesh Mehta and LCLD Fellows Cassandra Soltis and Kristopher Clemmons worked with others at Microsoft, Starbucks, Baker McKenzie, and the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth to create a Parole Preparation Toolkit for individuals who were sentenced to life without parole as children but who now have a second chance at freedom, thanks to positive changes in state laws and recent U.S. Supreme Court cases. The Parole Toolkit was launched last month at the Campaign’s annual convening, held in Google’s Washington, DC offices. Click here to view the Toolkit.

2016 Pathfinder Pakapon Phinyowattanachip has moved to Haney Phinyowattanachip PLLC, where he is a Founding Member.

2015 Pathfinder Bryan Paschal has moved to Clyde & Co.  

2015 Pathfinder Ashley Southerland has moved to the American Medical Association, where she is Assistant General Counsel for Digital.  

Congratulations to new parents Charles AustinAaron Chiu, Holly Lar, Marcela Lozano, Melissa Murphy, Sean SuberKenneth Trujillo-Jamison, and Torrey Young

Congratulations to newlyweds Shani HarmonDaniyal Iqbal, and Yoon-jee Kim.

Congratulations to Rebecca Ojeda, who is now engaged.

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Special Announcement


Over the past year, we've heard your many requests to make the LCLD Pathfinder Directory a more useful tool for staying in touch with other Pathfinders, expanding your network, and referring business to one another in a secure online environment. The new Directory is more secure, easier and more accurate to search, and gives you greater control over your own profile. Click here more information. 

In order to get the full benefits of the Directory, you'll want to update your profile as soon as possible! Please note that all practice areas will need to be re-entered. Click here for instructions on uploading and accessing the upgraded Directory. 

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2018 Pathfinders: Need to Know! 


Thanks for joining us in New York this fall to round off your Pathfinder year! Click here to see presentation slides, a photo gallery, and the Year in Review video shown at the meeting.  


As Alumni, there are lots of opportunities to lead on Pathfinder activities. 

  • Host a regional event: Pathfinder events Activities for both Pathfinders and Fellows take place under the umbrella of Fellows Alumni Regional Programming. If you have an idea for an event, or even better, if you'd like to lead an event, click here to contact your local City Lead.
  • Plan the Alumni Meeting: If you're interested in helping to plan the 2019 Pathfinder Alumni Meeting, reach out to Pathfinders Jason Stuckey and Pramila Kamath at jstuckey@bricker.com and pkamath@bricker.com.
  • Engage with Fellows: If you have suggestions for how you'd like to see the Alumni of LCLD organizations integrate, contact 2015 Pathfinder Makalika Naholowaa at manah@microsoft.com

And don't forget to use the Pathfinder Directory and GroupMe to keep track of other Pathfinders! 

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Pathfinder Events & Opportunities


Pathfinders Becky Ojeda, Charlie Bingham, Justice Barber, and Samhitha Medatia recently connected in Atlanta, and shared the excitement on GroupMe. If you meet up with other Pathfinders or LCLD members, let us know or send a picture to Erin Hess at ehess@lcldnet.com


All Pathfinder Alumni, classes 2015-2018, are invited to attend the Third Annual Pathfinder Alumni Meeting at The Procter & Gamble Company headquarters in Cincinnati this June. More information will be forthcoming, but mark the date on your calendars. If you have questions, contact Erin Hess, LCLD Program Manager. 

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In the Spotlight: Bonnie Wolf, Aneesh Mehta, and Anant Pradhan  


LCLD Members nominate Pathfinders because they are rising leaders within their respective organizations. But Pathfinders are also taking key positions in affinity organizations to change the face of the legal profession! Hats off to 2018 Pathfinder Bonnie Wolf (left), President-Elect of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; 2016 Pathfinder Aneesh Mehta (center), President-Elect of the South Asian Bar Association; and 2018 Pathfinder Anant Pradhan (right), newly elected Young Lawyers Division Chair of the South Asian Bar Association.

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You Asked, Fellows Answered: Navigating Generational Differences

For younger attorneys, overcoming generational stereotypes at work can be a challenge. It can also be difficult to figure out how to bring new ideas to the table. LCLD Fellows Kristin Gray, Annie Chuang, and Kassem Lucas shared their thoughts on how younger attorneys can navigate those generational differences. 2018 Pathfinder Holly Lar also shared her perspective on how more junior attorneys can use their "youth" to their advantage. Read their advice here.

You can also check out these additional resources on working across generational gaps: 

To suggest a topic, email Communications Specialist Caitlin Puffenberger at cpuffenberger@lcldnet.com, and we'll solicit answers from the LCLD Fellows.

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Worth a Read, Worth a Listen  

What to Do When Your Boss Won't Advocate for You, Harvard Business Review 

"While it may not necessarily be your fault, it is your problem. You owe it to yourself to find a workable strategy to advance your career."

The Code Switch Guide to Handling Casual RacismCodeSwitch

When facing uncomfortable comments, awkward questions, and casual racism in your everyday life, how do you decide when to call it out?

How Women Manage the Gendered Norms of LeadershipHarvard Business Review

Women often face the pressure to be simultaneously tough and nice at work; here, female executives share their advice for dealing with that paradox. 

How Well-Intentioned White Families Can Perpetuate Racism, The Atlantic

Even if parents talk to their children about racism or support inclusion broadly, the “bundled set of choices” they make about who their children interact with can still lead to white privilege and racist attitudes, says sociologist Margaret Hagerman. 

How Your Identity Changes When You Change Jobs, Harvard Business Review Ideacast

Tips on navigating a job transition, particularly into a new leadership role, and how it can affect your identity, from professor Herminia Ibarra.

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Events and Opportunities of Interest


LCLD 1L Scholar Bola Adeniran is looking for participants in a survey for a study on Retaining Racially Diverse Employees in the Legal Profession for the ABA's Labor and Employment Journal. Click here to participate in the survey. Please take the survey by December 19, 2018

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH FTC'S JAMES COOPER: Webinar - December 17, 2018, at 1 p.m.

Click here for more information and to register.

CLIENT CONFIDENTIALITY AND THE ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE: THE ROAD MAP YOU NEED: Webinar - December 17, 2018, at 1 p.m. | 45 minutes ethics/general CLE 

Click here for more information and to register.

IMPLICIT BIAS: HOW TO RECOGNIZE IT AND TIPS TO ADDRESS IT: Webinar - December 19, 2018 | 1 hour elimination of bias credit 

Click here for more information and to register.


Click here for more information and to register.


2017 Fellow Tim Overton is holding an interactive discussion on unconscious and implicit biases at the Steptoe & Johnson offices. Click here to RSVP. 

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If you have questions about the Pathfinder Program, email Program Manager Erin Hess. If you have questions, suggestions, or submissions for Pathways for Pathfinders, email Communications Specialist Caitlin Puffenberger

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