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:

  • New Mentoring Program City Lead
  • Deadline Extended for 1L Scholars Organization Registration
  • Nominate Your 2020 Fellows
  • Select Your 2020 Pathfinders
  • Fellows Alumni--We Need Your Help!
  • Latest Learning Experiences
  • November Mentoring Program Events
  • Welcome, New Members!
  • In the News

Did You Know?

LCLD's 2018 Top Performers and Compass Award winners have been announced!

New Mentoring Program City Lead

We're pleased to announce that 2019 Fellow Kimberly Lopez Narbona, Partner at Akerman LLP, is the new Orlando City Lead for the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program.

For questions about the Mentoring Program, please contact Nancy Richardson, LCLD Program Manager.

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Deadline Extended for 1L Scholars Organization Registration

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 a summer internship at your organization, the 1L Scholars will be invited to attend the 2020 1L LCLD Scholars Summit, June 2-4, 2020 at The Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, GA. This is a career-development conference designed specifically for 1L Scholars. The deadline to register your organization to host 2020 1L Scholars has been extended to Friday, December 6, 2019.

Click here to register now.

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

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Nominate Your 2020 Fellows

2019 Fellows at their Second Meeting in Washington, D.C., September 2019. (Photo by Wilma Jackson)

As a reminder, LCLD Members may now submit nominations for the 2020 LCLD Fellows Program. The Fellows Program is a one-year, multifaceted, relationship-building and leadership-training experience for diverse lawyers with 8-15 years of practice experience and demonstrated leadership potential. As LCLD's flagship program, all Fellows must be handpicked by LCLD Members themselves.

Please be sure to review the program selection criteria and fees before nominating your Fellows here. The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 31, 2020.

We also encourage you to review the Member Tool Kit for the Fellows Program and the 2020 Fellows Program Prospectus.

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

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Select Your 2020 Pathfinders

2019 Pathfinders at their First Meeting at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, IN, May 2019. (Photo by Caitlin Sullivan)

As a reminder, LCLD Member organizations may now select attorneys for the 2020 LCLD Pathfinder Program. The Pathfinder Program is designed to connect in-house and law firm early career, 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 applicable to both in-house and law firm practice.

We're excited to announce that many 2012-2015 1L LCLD Scholars are now employed by LCLD Member organizations and eligible to participate in the 2020 Pathfinder Program! We hope you will consider selecting them for your 2020 Pathfinders!

Please be sure to review the program selection criteria and fees before submitting your Pathfinder selections here. The deadline for selections is Friday, February 7, 2020.

We also encourage you to review the 2020 Pathfinder Program Prospectus, the Pathfinder Program Quick Reference Guide, and the Program Facilitator Guide.

For questions about the Pathfinder Program, contact Sarah Wintle Alexander, Pathfinder Program Manager.

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Fellows Alumni--We Need Your Help!

Fellows Alumni at the Eighth Annual LCLD Fellows Alumni Leadership Symposium at The Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, OH, June 2019. (Photo by Jay Haas)

LCLD is excited to announce the launch of this year's Fellows Alumni Survey. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and helps demonstrate the value of the Fellows Program and the Alumni network. It also helps ensure that as LCLD grows, both the Fellows Program and the Alumni network continue to meet Fellows' needs.

Click here to begin taking the survey.

Because we know your time is a valuable resource, LCLD will be raffling off a professional coaching session to one Fellow who completes the survey before Wednesday, November 27. We will also donate $2 to the Posse Foundation for every completed survey.

Please note that this survey is for Fellows in classes 2011 through 2018. If you are a 2019 Fellow, you do not need to complete this survey.

If you have any questions about the survey, please email Caitlin Puffenberger, Communications Manager, at cpuffenberger@lcldnet.com.

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Latest Learning Experiences 

We'd like to thank the following LCLD Members and organizations for recently hosting Learning Experiences:

On November 19, 2019, LCLD Member Sharon Barner, Vice President and General Counsel of Cummins Inc., and her team, hosted an LCLD Fellows Learning Experience at Cummins' headquarters in Indianapolis, IN. LCLD Member Law Firm Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP hosted a Welcome Event on November 18, 2019.

On October 22, 2019, LCLD Member Christa D'Alimonte, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Viacom Inc., and her team, who hosted a Learning Experience at Viacom's headquarters in New York City. LCLD Member law firm Shearman & Sterling hosted a Welcome Event the evening before.

Look out for articles about these Learning Experience this fall.

The next Learning Experience will be hosted by LCLD Member Katherine Adams, Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of Apple Inc., on January 31, 2020 in Cupertino, CA. Look out for an article about this event in the first quarter of 2020.

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

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November Mentoring Program Events

LCLD Mentors and Mentees at the Mentoring event hosted by Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis. (Photo by Sandy Sifferlen).

LCLD would like to thank the following Mentoring City Leads and Member organizations for organizing and hosting regional events this month--an excellent slate of events specifically serving the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program:

  • LCLD Member firm Troutman Sanders LLP, which will host a Mentoring Meet & Greet Reception on November 21, 2019 at the firm's office in Richmond, VA.
  • LCLD Member firm Mayer Brown LLP, which hosted a Mentoring Networking Reception and advice panel on November 12, 2019 at its Washington, D.C. office.
  • Indianapolis City Lead Sandy Sifferlen, Assistant General Counsel at Eli Lilly and Company, and Barnes & Thornburg LLP, which hosted the LCLD Get Acquainted Mentoring Reception on November 7, 2019 at the Barnes & Thornburg office.
  • Pittsburgh City Leads Max Gelernter and Tami Mack, Associates at K&L Gates LLP, who hosted the LCLD Mentor-Mentee Meet and Greet Reception at K&L Gates on November 6, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA.

For questions about the Mentoring Program, please contact Nancy Richardson, LCLD Program Manager.

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Welcome, New Members!

Jeff Ferguson, Managing Director and General Counsel, The Carlyle Group. 
The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global investment firm with deep industry expertise that deploys private capital across four business segments: Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Credit, and Investment Solutions. With $222 billion of assets under management as of September 30, 2019, Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, portfolio companies, and the communities in which we live and invest. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,775 people in 33 offices across six continents.

Timothy Oyer, President and Managing Partner, Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.
For nearly a century, Wolf Greenfield has helped clients protect their most valuable intellectual property. With over 130 legal professionals based in Boston and New York, the firm offers a full range of IP services to clients whose IP is at the core of their business, such as large, global corporations, mid-size companies, innovative startups and emerging enterprises, renowned universities and research institutions, and Nobel Prize winners. Known for our culture of inclusiveness and collegiality, Wolf Greenfield has strong and long-lasting relationships with our employees and our clients.

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In the News

Dev Stahlkopf (left), LCLD Member and General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation, and Monica Reinmiller, 2019 Fellow and Managing Corporate Counsel at T-Mobile USA, Inc., are moving pro bono programs in-house.

Natalie Pierce
, Co-Chair of Diversity & Inclusion at Littler Mendelson P.C., spoke about the ways in which the firm is innovating on diversity and inclusion.

Wesley Bizzell
, 2014 Fellow and Senior Assistant General Counsel and Managing Director of Political Law & Ethics Programs at Altria Group, Inc., was named to the 2019 OUTstanding Top 100 LGBT+ Executives list, which recognizes 100 senior role models who are helping to make the workplace a more welcoming place.

Lillian Hardy
, 2016 Fellow and Partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP, is leading a new, highly-diverse practice group designed to help in-house counsel manage and lead through crises.

Kassem Lucas
, 2011 Fellow and Partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP, is teaching a law school class on diversity.

Myra McKenzie-Harris
, 2016 Fellow and Senior Associate Counsel II at Walmart Inc., wrote an article for the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law on transgender employee rights.


Hannah Choi
, 2016 Pathfinder and Chief Diversity Officer at iQor, discusses how she has built up the company’s diversity and inclusion program during her tenure.


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 Caitlin Puffenberger, LCLD Communications Manager.

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.