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:

  • Fellows Alumna Becomes General Counsel
  • Final Deadline Tomorrow: 2019 Pathfinder Selections
  • Atlanta Attorneys Needed to Conduct Mock Interviews
  • Fellows' Learning Experiences
  • Recent Regional Events
  • Welcome, New Members!
  • In the News

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Fellows Alumna Becomes General Counsel 

Angela Grant
, 2016 Fellow, has moved to CSE Insurance Group, where she is Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary. Congratulations, Angela!

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Final Deadline Tomorrow: 2019 Pathfinder Selections

2018 Pathfinders at the LCLD 2018 Pathfinder Second Meeting in Purchase, NY, last November. (Photo by Joe Mahoney)


As a reminder, please submit your 2019 Pathfinder selections by tomorrow, February 22, 2019. Please note that many 1L LCLD Scholars are now employed by LCLD Member organizations and are eligible to become 2019 Pathfinders!

The goal of the Pathfinder Program is to provide early-career attorneys with essential "soft" skills including leadership, relationship building, networking, and career planning to benefit both Pathfinders and the organizations for whom they work. Law firm candidates should have 3-7 years of practice experience. In-house candidates should have up to 3 years of in-house experience, and less than 8 total years of practice experience.

Please be sure to review the program selection criteria and fees and the 2019 Pathfinder Program Prospectus before submitting your selection(s). Note that you will also need to identify a Pathfinder Program Facilitator upon selecting your Pathfinder.

For questions, please email Erin Hess, Program Manager.

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Atlanta Attorneys Needed to Conduct Mock Interviews 

Volunteer attorneys conduct a mock interview with a 2018 Scholar at last year's 1L Scholars Summit. Mock Interviews were hosted by Reed Smith LLP in Philadelphia.

LCLD is excited to bring Mock Interviews to the agenda again for 2019 1L Scholars, but we can’t do it without your help. The 2019 1L LCLD Scholars Summit takes place June 4-6, 2019, in Atlanta, GA. Mock Interviews will be held June 4, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Atlanta.

If you are interested in conducting interviews, please click here to learn about the time commitment and the interview process.

For questions, reach out to the LCLD Program Manager, Nancy Richardson.

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Fellows' Learning Experiences 

We would like to thank LCLD Member Michelle Oroschakoff, Managing Director and Chief Legal & Risk Officer at LPL Financial, for hosting a Learning Experience at the company on February 7, 2019 in Charlotte, NC.

We are also excited to announce that the next Learning Experience will be hosted at Lockheed Martin Corporation by LCLD Member Maryanne Lavan, Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, on May 8, 2019 in Arlington, VA. LCLD Member firm Crowell & Moring LLP will host a Welcome Event on the evening of May 7, 2019.

Look out for articles and photos from these events this spring.

For questions about hosting a Learning Experience, please contact Fellows Program Manager Nichole Velasquez.

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Recent Regional Events 

L to R: 2011 Fellow Diane Webster, Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP; Hinshaw Chairman Kevin Burke; 2011 Fellow Rana Wright, General Counsel at Harris Associates; and LCLD Member Chad Walker, General Counsel at Morton Salt. (Photo by Tarah Smith)


We'd like to thank the following LCLD affiliates for hosting recent regional events:

  • Kevin Burke, Chairman of LCLD Member firm Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP; LCLD Member Chad Walker, Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Morton Salt, Inc. (and 2012 LCLD Fellow); and Rana Wright, General Counsel of Harris Associates (and 2011 LCLD Fellow), who spoke to Fellows at a Leadership Lunch at the Chicago office of Hinshaw & Culbertson on February 11, 2019.
  • LCLD Member David White, Managing Partner of Burns White LLP, and Cary Blancett, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of FedEx Ground, as well as FedEx Ground senior leaders Joe Milcoff, Vice President of Litigation and Risk Management, and Dick Heiser, Vice President of Workforce Support (Legal), who spoke to Fellows at a Leadership Lunch at the FedEx headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA, on February 15, 2019.
  • LCLD Member firm Ice Miller LLP, which will host a Group Mentoring Luncheon for LCLD Mentors and Mentees at its Indianapolis office on February 26, 2019.

For questions about hosting a Leadership Lunch, please contact Nichole Velasquez. For questions about hosting a Group Mentoring Program event, please contact Nancy Richardson.

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Welcome, New Members! 


Michael Blazer, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Invenergy LLC. Invenergy drives innovation in energy. Invenergy and its affiliated companies develop, own, and operate large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation and storage facilities in the Americas and Europe. Invenergy's home office is located in Chicago and it has regional development offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Europe.


Lowell Howard, Deputy General Counsel, L Brands, Inc.
L Brands is a family of brands founded in 1963 by chairman and CEO Leslie H. Wexner. Although our world-renowned brands Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, and PINK are primarily known for lingerie, personal care, beauty products and accessories, our brand power extends much further. Together and individually, the brands have come to represent an aspirational lifestyle — a way of life.


Jeffrey Melucci, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Kimberly-Clark Corporation. At Kimberly-Clark, we are committed to unleashing the power of our people, where all are included and inspired to do their best work and where differences are valued and essential for success. We continuously work to foster an environment where our employees, and the broad perspectives they bring to work, allow us to make better business decisions, create innovative products, and enhance the experiences of our consumer s around the world. We are proud to partner with LCLD in our commitment to drive material change within our legal department and within the legal profession.

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In the News

Kim Koopersmith
, LCLD Board Member and Chair of Akin Grump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, spoke about the firm’s commitment to diverse leadership following recent promotions.


Don Prophete
, LCLD Member and Partner at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP, wrote an article about his experiences as a black partner and what general counsel can do to better support diverse attorneys.


Astor Heaven
, 2012 Fellow and Counsel at Crowell & Moring LLP, wrote an article for Law 360 on building a winning trial team.



Various LCLD Member organizations
were 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 Don Belt, LCLD Communications Director.


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 Jessica Sabesan, LCLD Communications & Marketing Manager.

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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.