For the grand finale of LCLD's tenth Annual Meeting (below), founding chair Rick Palmore, current chair Laura Stein, and president Robert Grey were joined on stage by LCLD Board members, program participants, and staff to celebrate the achievement of a major milestone—the 10,000 individuals served by LCLD programs since the founding of the organization a decade ago.

That goal—10,000 leaders—was a target first identified in 2014 by former Chair Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, who had participated in a morning panel discussion moderated by Grey that included Palmore, Stein, and former chair Wally Martinez.

The day began with a keynote address from David Wilkins of Harvard Law School, who framed the challenges facing LCLD while also offering hope for the future, as a new and more diverse generation of lawyers rises to leadership in the profession. 

The Chairs panel was followed by breakout sessions, led by GC's and MP's, designed to share their D&I initiatives, detailed in the What's Working section of this website, with other Members.

Former Chair Brad Smith (right) and co-author Carol Ann Browne also signed copies of their just-published book, Tools and Weapons, about the promise and perils of digital technology.

Over lunch, Members shared in a warm tribute to Laura Stein, who will close out her eventful three-year term as Chair of the LCLD Board in December.

And in a further evocation of the theme, "Talent Rising," a panel of Fellows Alumni took the stage for an afternoon conversation with Robert Grey about changes that organizations could make to remove institutional obstacles impeding the advancement of diverse talent.

In a press release (attached below), LCLD cited the steady growth of the Mentoring, 1L Scholars, Pathfinder, and Fellows programs, which together have served 10,515 individuals since 2011.

That's a number worth celebrating, said Robert Grey, as an interim step on the way to LCLD's ultimate goal—"to create a legal profession as diverse and talented as the nation we serve."

Session details—and a selection of photographs—can be accessed below.


Meeting Agenda 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019


Slideshow: A Year to Remember


Laura Stein, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Affairs, of The Clorox Company, and Chair, LCLD Board of Directors




Lessons from the Call to Action: LCLD's First Decade and the Future of Leadership in the Profession  

David WilkinsLester Kissel Professor of Law, Director, Center on the Legal Profession, and Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School

Slideshow available for download below. (Please note that the slides are not to be distributed beyond Annual Meeting attendees.)




Talent Rising
Robert Grey, President, LCLD 




Talent Rising: The Power of LCLD
Panel Discussion with Chairs of LCLD: Summary Article
Wally Martinez, Managing Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Rick Palmore, Senior Counsel, Dentons US LLP, and Founding Chair Emeritus of LCLD
Brad Smith, President, Microsoft Corporation
Laura Stein, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Affairs, The Clorox Company, and Chair, LCLD Board of Directors






What's Working Breakouts 
Members will explore and discuss best practices in:

  1. Using AI to Expand Your Talent Pool, with Brad Butwin, Chair of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, and Mary Ellen Connerty, Director, Diversity & Engagement of O'Melveny & Myers LLP
    Summary Article  |  Presentation Slides 
  2. Using Technology to Drive Pay Equity, with Thomas Bender, Managing Partner of Littler Mendelson P.C., and Aaron Crews, Chief Data Analytics Officer of Littler Mendelson P.C.
    Summary Article  
  3. Collaborating for Change, with Mitchell Zuklie, Chair of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, and Laura Stein, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Affairs of The Clorox Company 
    Summary Article  |  Presentation Slides 
  4. Promoting Diverse Teams Through Collaboration, with Ellen Dwyer, Executive Committee Chair of Crowell & Moring LLP, and Maryanne Lavan, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Presentation Slides  |  Ellen Dwyer Summary Article  | Maryanne Lavan Summary Article
  5. LCLD 101: How to Make the Most of Your LCLD Membership, with Robert Grey, President of LCLD, and Jennifer Denton, Membership & Operations Director of LCLD 
    Presentation Slides 


Lunch, with Remarks by Robert Grey and Laura Stein
Slideshow: Recognizing New Members, Top Performers, Compass Award winners. 
Award Winner Summary Article


Vision 2025: The LCLD Leaders Challenge
Panel discussion with LCLD Fellows Alumni, followed by Table Discussions Led by LCLD Members.
Panel Summary Article  |  Table Discussion Summary Article 
Jimmy Alaniz, 2014 Fellow and Chief Legal Officer, Packers Sanitation Services, Inc., Ltd. 
Crystal Barnes, 2017 Fellow and Associate General Counsel, Lockheed Martin Corporation 
Cyndie Chang, 2011 Fellow and Los Angeles Office Managing Partner, Duane Morris LLP
Dinesh Melwani, 2015 Fellow and Partner, Bookoff McAndrews PLLC




10,000 Leaders: A Celebration

Photo Gallery

Photography by Joe Mahoney


Leadership. Action. Results.