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:

  • It's Time to Register Your 2018 1L Scholars
  • Mock Interviewers Needed: 2018 1L LCLD Scholars Summit
  • 2017 and 2018 Fellows Gather for Changing of the Guard
  • Authentic Selves: An LCLD Group Mentoring Event in West Virginia
  • On-Demand LCLD CLE Webinars
  • In the News

Did You Know?

You can learn more about individual 2018 Fellows in the Fellows Directory.

It's Time to Register Your 2018 1L Scholars

2017 1L Scholars at the 2017 1L LCLD Scholars Summit in Philadelphia, May 2017. (Photo by Jay Haas)

We're excited to announce that 130 Member organizations will host 1L LCLD Scholars to participate in internships at their organizations this summer! We thank these organizations for cultivating the pipeline of talented and diverse attorneys.

For participating Member organizations that haven't already done so, please register each of your 2018 1L Scholars here by Friday, May 4, 2018.

We are also looking forward to our largest group of 1L Scholars joining us at the 2018 LCLD 1L Scholars Summit, May 22-24, 2018 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill in Philadelphia, PA. The summit will include mock interviews, panel discussions, distinguished speakers, and networking opportunities designed to help Scholars get the most out of their summer internships and plan ahead for their legal careers. 

You may reserve a room for your Scholars at the Sheraton here or by calling the Central Reservations Team at (800) 325-3535 and providing the room block name, "2018 LCLD 1L Scholars Summit."  Please note that our group rate expires on Monday, May 1, 2018.  The Credit Card Authorization form for your Scholars should be completed and faxed to (215) 925-2575 no later than Friday, April 20, 2018.

For questions about the 1L Scholars Program or the 2018 1L LCLD Scholars Summit, please contact Nancy Richardson, Program Manager.

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Mock Interviewers Needed: 2018 1L LCLD Scholars Summit

A group of 2017 1L Scholars awaiting their mock interviews, May 2017. (Photo by Jay Haas)

The 2018 1L Scholars will participate in Mock Interviews Wednesday, May 23, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm ET at Reed Smith LLP in Philadelphia. We're currently in need of attorneys from LCLD Member organizations to interview the Scholars for this exercise. Please share this opportunity with any attorneys at your firm who are in the Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and/or New York/New Jersey metro areas.

Please click here to register as an interviewer by Friday, April 27, 2018. Click here for more information about the mock interviewing process.

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

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2017 and 2018 Fellows Gather for Changing of the Guard

Kamla Alexander of The Coca-Cola Company was one of several hundred 2017 LCLD Fellows who met for the third and final time in New Orleans. She and her cohort are now part of the Fellows Alumni program. (Photo by Jay Haas)

Two classes of LCLD Fellows recently crossed paths—and shared insights—at The Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans, where the Class of 2017, during its third and final meeting, welcomed the record-setting Class of 2018 to its inaugural LCLD event.

The "2017s" went on to join the ranks of Fellows Alumni, who have grown to more than 1,300 since the Fellows Program was launched in 2011.

To review the 2017 Fellows final meeting agenda and a gallery of photographs, please visit this page. A similar resource for the Class of 2018 is available here.

For questions about the Fellows Program, please contact Nichole Velasquez, Felllows Program Manager.

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Authentic Selves: An LCLD Group Mentoring Event in West Virginia

By Caitlin Puffenberger, Communications Specialist, LCLD

One of LCLD’s most active regions, the West Virginia state branch of LCLD’s Success in Law School Mentoring Program kicked off 2018 with a star-studded Group Mentoring event in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Of the over 70 people in attendance, 20 were Mentoring Program participants. Also attending were representatives from seven LCLD Member organizations, including LCLD Fellows and LCLD Pathfinders; the WV State Bar leadership; faculty, staff, and students from West Virginia University (WVU) College of Law; and invited guests from the West Virginia judiciary and legal profession.

The event kicked off with a private chat with Marilyn McClure-Demers, Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, whose visionary leadership helped bring LCLD to West Virginia. The Mentors were then treated to a networking reception and were welcomed by Gregory Bowman, Dean of the WVU College of Law, who also delivered a message from WVU President Gordon Gee. University Provost and Vice President Joyce McConnell also attended to voice her support for the Mentoring Program. Read more.

For questions about the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program, please contact Nancy Richardson, Program Manager.

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On-Demand LCLD CLE Webinars

Did you miss one of the following LCLD Mid-Year CLE Seminars? If so, there's still a limited time left to watch them on demand and request CLE credit. LCLD has partnered with the Practising Law Institute (PLI) to apply for CLE credit for these presentations.


Building Inclusive Teams: Systems for Solving the Legal Profession's Diversity Problem

Presented by Professor Bill Henderson (l) of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and a panel of LCLD Members. Click here for more information about this webinar.

View On Demand:

  • Please click here for an individual viewing.
  • If you would like to schedule a group viewing, please send an email to groupcasts@pli.edu that includes to following information: Firm, Contact Person, Contact Person's Email, Date of Viewing, Location(s) of Viewing(s), CLE State(s) Requested.
  • Available through Friday, April 21, 2018.

Opportunity at the Crossroads: Using Authentic Leadership Presence to Interrupt Unconscious Bias

Presented by Kate Ebner (l), Founder & CEO of the Nebo Company and Director of the Institute for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University, and Kim D'Abreu (r), Principal Consultant at Diversity Dimensions Consulting, LLC, and Leadership Coach at The Nebo Company, and a panel of LCLD Members. Click here for more information.

View On Demand:

Please click here to view a recording of this seminar at your convenience. The recording will be available through Saturday, June 9, 2018. Please note that no credit will be offered for group viewings of this on-demand program.

For general questions about these two CLE presentations, please contact Jennifer Denton, LCLD Membership & Operations Director. Please direct any technical questions to PLI at 1-800-260-4754 or info@pli.edu.

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In the News 

Robert Grey
, LCLD President, spoke about LCLD and the importance of inclusive organizations in an address to the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution.


Marci Eisenstein
, LCLD Member and Managing Partner of Schiff Hardin LLP, was named one of Chicago Business Journal’s Women of Influence 2018.


Cynthia Gibson
, LCLD Member and Executive Vice President and Chief Legal and Business Affairs Officer at Scripps Networks Interactive, spoke about her career trajectory and women in leadership for a series in honor of Women’s History Month.

Jami McKeon
, LCLD Member and Chair of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, was interviewed about her career path and leading her firm for a series in honor of Women’s History Month.


David Zapolsky, LCLD Member and Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Amazon.com, has led his legal department to significant pro bono activity.


Theresa Cropper
, Chief Diversity Officer at Perkins Coie LLP, spoke with Above the Law about her lifelong commitment to diversity and inclusion.


Lisa Konie
, LCLD Diversity Contact and Senior Director of Legal Operations at Adobe Systems Incorporated, speaks on the company’s partnership with Perkins Coie on LCLD’s 1L Scholars Program.


Jessica Mazzeo
, LCLD Diversity Contact and Chief Operating Officer at Griesing Law, wrote about the importance of inclusive organizations for The Legal Intelligencer.


Ashley Pack, City Lead for LCLD’s Success in Law School Mentoring Program in West Virginia and Partner at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, received the Kentucky Press Association’s 2017 Russ Metz Most Valuable Member Award.

LCLD Fellows Jovita Foster (left), Partner at Armstrong Teasdale LLP, and Kimberly Gatling, Partner at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, spoke about diversity efforts at their organizations alongside LCLD President Robert Grey.

Steve Stoute
, 2018 Pathfinder and Associate at Dechert LLP, co-wrote an article about the firm’s Diverse Associates Group.


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.