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:

  • David Wilkins to Give Keynote Address at the Annual Meeting - Register Today
  • Mentor Registration Deadline Extended
  • Announcing Additional Mentoring Program City Lead & Co-Leads
  • 2020 LCLD Programs: Important Dates
  • Fellows Think Retail at Target Corporation
  • Regional Events
  • In the News

Did You Know?

You can learn more about the impact of LCLD programs at Member organizations in the 2018 LCLD Impact Report.

David Wilkins to Give Keynote Address at the Annual Meeting - Register Today


September 23-24, 2019, LCLD Members and their guests are invited to attend the Tenth Annual LCLD Membership Meeting* at the Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C. There will also be a Welcome Reception at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery on Monday, September 23, 2019.

We're excited to announce that the Keynote Address will be given by David Wilkins (pictured above), Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Director of the Center on the Legal Profession, and Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. Wilkins was the keynote speaker at the very first Annual LCLD Membership Meeting in 2010, and he was instrumental in the creation of the LCLD Leadership Summit.

You may click here to register for the meeting. Please click here to book your hotel room at the Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C. under the "LCLD Annual Meeting 2019" block rate of $425 per night, by Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Rooms at this rate will be available until September 3, or until the block is sold out--whichever comes first.

*2019 Fellows, please note that you are invited to attend the concurrent LCLD 2019 Fellows Second Meeting, September 23-25, 2019 at the Hilton National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Tenth Annual LCLD Membership Meeting is designed specifically for LCLD Member Managing Partners, General Counsel, and their invited guests.

For questions about registration or hotel reservations, please contact Stella Askin, Events Manager. For questions about the meeting, please contact Jennifer Denton, Membership & Operations Director.

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Mentor Registration Deadline Extended

Attorneys at LCLD Member organizations have until next Friday, September 6, to register to become Mentors as part of the 2019-2020 LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program. In the fall, registered Mentors will be matched with diverse, first-year law students in major cities across the country. We look forward to working with your organization as part of the Mentoring Program this year!

Additional Mentors are needed in all 30 cities, so register to become a Mentor today!

For more information about becoming an LCLD Mentor, please review this brief FAQ page. For any other questions, please contact Nancy Richardson, LCLD Program Manager.

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Announcing Additional Mentoring Program City Lead & Co-Leads


Since last month's announcement, we have confirmed three additional City Leads whom we would like to welcome to the Success in Law School Mentoring Program:

  • Atlanta: TaCara Harris (left), Associate and 2018 Pathfinder at King & Spalding LLP, is the new City Lead.
  • Washington, D.C.: William Barrow (center), Associate and 2018 Fellow at Mayer Brown LLP, and Carla Jordan-Detamore (right), Associate and 2017 Pathfinder with Vinson & Elkins LLP, are new Co-Leads (joining current City Leads Aliza Carrano, 2018 Fellow and Partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, and Soyong Cho, SVP/Senior Company Counsel and 2015 Fellow at Wells Fargo & Company).

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

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2020 LCLD Programs: Important Dates

Please mark you calendar for the following important 2020 LCLD Program dates. We will also send reminders as these dates get closer.

Success in Law School Mentoring Program:

  • Mentor Registration ends September 6, 2019
  • Mentee Registration begins September 16, October 1, or October 15, 2019, depending on the city (registration ends in January 2020)
  • Mentor-Mentee Matching: Begins September - October, 2019
  • Review general information and the Mentoring Tool Kit
  • For questions, contact Nancy Richardson

1L Scholars Program:

Fellows Program:

Pathfinder Program:

*Both the Fellows and Pathfinder programs will be discussed on these calls.

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Fellows Think Retail at Target Corporation

Pausing during the LCLD Learning Experience at Target headquarters, the 2019 Fellows posed with a replica of Bullseye, the company mascot. (Photo by Jason Faulkner)

At the invitation of Don Liu, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal and Risk Officer, some three dozen Fellows visited Target headquarters in Minneapolis for an unforgettable Learning Experience.

In his welcoming remarks, Liu, a former chair of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), described his personal commitment to diversity as "real and deep." Target, he said, "has one of the most diverse leadership teams in corporate America. Diversity is part of our DNA."

His words were echoed by Mike McNamara, EVP and Chief Information Officer, who described Target's "fiduciary duty to diversify" its workforce of more than 300,000 employees in stores across the US and at corporate headquarters. "Diverse teams create better long-term results," McNamara said.

They also propelled Target forward when the company decided in 2016 to invest billions in its brick-and-mortar stores, its payroll, its Target-owned brands, and its digital future.

That investment, deemed risky at the time, has succeeded in growing Target's profits for the past two years, and its digital business at a phenomenal rate of around 35 percent per year. "We've dealt ourselves a good hand," said McNamara. "With a brand to die for and tons of cash in the bank, we're extremely well-positioned for the future." Read more. 

The next Learning Experience will be hosted by LCLD Member Christa D'Alimonte, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at Viacom Inc., on October 22, 2019. 

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

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Regional Events 

LCLD would like to thank the following Member organizations and attorneys for organizing and hosting regional events this month:

  • Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, and the LCLD Alumni All In! Fund, which sponsored the LCLD Alumni Speaker Series: Embracing Generational Diversity, in Columbus, Ohio, on August 27, 2019.
  • Jonathan Waldrop, Managing Partner of the Silicon Valley office of LCLD Member firm Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, and Brett A. Pletcher, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Gilead Sciences, Inc., who spoke to Fellows during a Leadership Lunch hosted at the Silicon Valley office of Kasowitz Benson Torres on August 22, 2019.

Please contact the following LCLD staff members for questions:

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In the News


Robert Grey (left), LCLD President, and Corey Lee (right), Immediate Past Chair of the LCLD Alumni Executive Committee and Partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, speak about LCLD’s growth.

Marci Eisenstein
, LCLD Member and Managing Partner at Schiff Hardin LLP, was profiled in Chicago Lawyer Magazine.




Tim Lupinacci
, LCLD Member and CEO of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, wrote about the key characteristics of effective leadership.



Anand Sharma
, LCLD Member and newly-elected Managing Partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, makes the firm one of the largest led by a person of South Asian descent.



Dev Stahlkopf
, LCLD Member and General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation, spoke about some of the major issues facing lawyers in the tech industry, including diversity and artificial intelligence.



Paulette Brown
, LCLD Diversity Professional and Senior Partner and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Locke Lord LLP, was inducted into the Fred David Gray Hall of Fame at the National Bar Association’s 94th Annual Convention.



Cari Dawson
, LCLD Diversity Professional and Partner at Alston & Bird LLP, was featured in a Harvard Law School Alumni Profile.



Leslie Minier
, LCLD Diversity Professional and Chief Diversity Partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, was named one of the Most Influential Women in Corporate America by Savoy magazine.



Caldwell Camero
(left), 2014 Fellow and Senior Global Trademark Counsel at Fluke Corporation, and 2015 Pathfinders Makalika Naholowaa (center), Chief of Staff to the General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation, and Preetha Chakrabarti (right), Judicial Law Clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, wrote an article on the need for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.


Martha Charepoo
, 2019 Fellow and Partner and Chair of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLP’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, spoke about how early experiences as an Iranian immigrant shaped her views on inclusion.



Dan Cranshaw
, 2016 Fellow and Shareholder at Polsinelli PC, spoke about his path to the law in a profile in Missouri Lawyers Weekly.



Yendelela Neely Holston
, 2014 Fellow and Partner and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, led the firm to encourage attorneys to add preferred pronouns to their official bios.



Diane Webster
, 2011 Fellow and Partner-in-Charge of the Chicago office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, was profiled in Chicago Lawyer Magazine.



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.