Welcome to the Fellows Weekly Announcements


Email announcements are sent to Fellows every Tuesday and feature program news and information, professional opportunities, and alerts of upcoming events to help you get the most out of your participation in the LCLD Fellows Program. These announcements will be archived on the LCLD website.  

Questions about the announcements? Email Nichole Velasquez, Fellows Program Manager, or Caitlin Puffenberger, Communications Manager. 

In This Issue:


Did you know? 
You can find out what the Fellows Alumni accomplished in 2019 in the Year in Review!  

2019 Fellow Erin Dempsey has been promoted to Vice President of Policy Management at LPL Financial.

2019 Fellow Stephen Quezada was promoted to Shareholder at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. 

2018 Fellow Mindy Laponis is now Director, Associate General Counsel at Adobe Inc. 

2016 Fellow Angela Grant is now Chief Legal & Innovation Officer at CSE Insurance Group.  

2016 Fellow Lori Mahmoud has moved to MUFG Union Bank, N.A., where she is Director & Assistant General Counsel.

2014 Fellow William Toles was named a Trustee for the American Board of Trial Advocates Foundation. The mission of the ABOTA Foundation is to promote and improve the American civil justice system. 

2013 Fellow Lori Baggett was featured in the Tampa Bay Business Journal, speaking about some of her diversity goals for Carlton Fields following her appointment as Managing Shareholder of the Tampa office. Read more here

2013 Fellow Christopher Pickett was elected to the Board of Directors at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.  

Keep up with other news in the LCLD community through the LCLD Weekly News Digest. If you are interested in receiving the News Digest in your inbox each week, email Caitlin Puffenberger at cpuffenberger@lcldnet.com and ask to be added to the list. 

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Special Announcement 


If you know of any diverse, early-career attorneys at your organization that would benefit from participating in the Pathfinder Program, we encourage you to pass their names along for consideration in the 2020 Pathfinder Program, accepting selections now through this Friday, February 7, 2020. The Pathfinder Program provides leadership, relationship-building, and career-development strategies and opportunities to law firm lawyers with three-to-seven years of practice experience and in-house lawyers with three years or less of in-house experience (and less than eight total years of practice experience).

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2019 Fellows Announcements 

REGISTER NOW: 2019 FELLOWS THIRD MEETING: Miami, FL - February 20-22, 2020

Registration is now open for the LCLD 2019 Fellows Third Meeting at the InterContinental Miami in Miami, Florida. The meeting will begin Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 4:00 pm ET, and will conclude Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 12:00 pm ET. 

Please register to attend the meeting and reserve your hotel room. This is a two-part process in which you must:

  1. Register to attend the meeting by completing the sign-up form, here. Although registration will remain open until the meeting begins, we strongly encourage you to register as soon as possible. A preliminary meeting agenda is also available on the registration page.
  2. Make hotel reservations. Click here to book your room at the InterContinental Miami by Tuesday, January 28, 2020, to take advantage of the LCLD conference rate of $299 per night. This special hotel rate will be available until LCLD’s room block fills up or January 28 -- whichever comes first.

If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact me at nvelasquez@lcldnet.com. For questions about registration or the hotel, please contact Stella Askin, LCLD Events Manager.

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Fellows Events and Opportunities


Learning how to navigate your organization can be stressful—it’s not always clear who to connect with or how to position yourself for success. What do you wish you had known about navigating the legal workplace that you had to learn the hard way? How do you identify and connect with people who will bring you more complex work or who have greater power within your organization? How do you explore a different practice area or other roles within your organization? What advice would you give to a young attorney who can’t quite seem to find where they “fit” within the organization? If you have any tips on these topics, please send them to Caitlin Puffenberger at cpuffenberger@lcldnet.com for inclusion in a feature for the LCLD Pathfinders and Pathfinder Alumni. 


The 2019 "All In!" Campaign for LCLD Alumni contributions is underway! The campaign helps fund regional Alumni events, Alumni initiatives, and a portion of the Leadership Symposium. The All In! campaign is open to all LCLD Alumni, and will include 2019 Fellows immediately after their third and final Fellows meeting in Miami. Click here to make your contribution today. For questions, please contact LCLD Alumni Treasurer Robin Nunn at robin.nunn@dechert.com or LCLD Alumni Programs Manager Erin Hess at ehess@lcldnet.com


The Outreach Committee is excited to announce a new partnership with The Posse Foundation. Posse is a national pipeline organization focused on identifying, recruiting, and supporting diverse high school students throughout college. Posse helps graduates of its program apply for and succeed in graduate school. Read more about Posse here. Opportunities for LCLD Alumni to participate are described here. Register to become a Career Coach or Graduate Coach here. For questions, please contact Fellows Richik Sarkar or Megan Brillault

LCLD ALUMNI ADVOCACY GROUP CALL: The How-To’s of Awarding and Receiving Business - February 25, 2020

Open to all current LCLD Fellows and Alumni, the Advocacy Group Call will focus on the how-to's of awarding and receiving business with  Juanita Harris of AT&T Inc., Rob Jones Jr. of American Airlines, and Linda Seal of The Home Depot. The call will be February 25, 2020 4-5pm ET. The dial in number is +19292056099 and the passcode is 2157796069# US. To RSVP, please contact Erin Hess ehess@lcldnet.com


Mark your calendars for the LCLD Alumni Leadership Symposium, June 11-13, 2020 in Dallas, TX. More details forthcoming. 

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Events of Interest 

CHART YOUR OWN COURSE: Orlando, FL - February 20-23, 2020 

If you are attending Chart Your Own Course in Orlando from February 20 – 23 and would like to meet with other LCLD Fellows, please contact 2012 Fellow Yvette Gatling at ygatling@littler.com as she is planning a gathering of LCLD Fellows. 

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Job Opportunities

Senior Legal Counsel, Digital Media: Adobe - San Jose, CA 

Click here for the full job description and to apply. Questions may be directed to 2018 Fellow Mindy Laponis at mlaponis@adobe.com

Vice President, Government Relations & Regulatory Counsel: ViacomCBS - Washington, DC 

Click here for the full job description and to apply.  

Associate Principal Counsel, Trademark & Copyright: The Walt Disney Corporate - Burbank, CA 

Click here for the full job description and to apply. 

Principal Counsel, Corporate Transactions: The Walt Disney Company - Burbank, CA 

Click here for the full job description and to apply. 

Commercial Transactions Attorney: Southern California Edison - Rosemead, CA 

Click here for the full job description and to apply. 

LIBOR Counsel, Global Corporate Trust: US Bank - Minneapolis, MN; St. Paul, MN; Washington, DC 

Click here for the full job description and to apply.  

Senior Counsel, General Corporate: Freddie Mac - McLean, VA 

Click here for the full job description and to apply. 

Assistant Chief Counsel, Studios: The Walt Disney Studios - Burbank, CA or Los Angeles, CA 

Click here for the full job description and to apply. 

Principal Counsel, Distribution: The Walt Disney Company - Burbank, CA 

Click here for the full job description and to apply. 

Principal Counsel, Employment: The Walt Disney Company - Burbank, CA 

Click here for the full job description and to apply. 

Principal Counsel, Fox 21 Studios: Walt Disney Television - Burbank, CA 

Click here for the full job description and to apply. 

Principal Counsel, Technology, Direct-to-Consumer and International: Disney - Glendale, CA 

Click here for the full job description and to apply. 

Associate Principal Counsel, Ad Sales Legal: The Walt Disney Company - New York, NY 

Click here for the full job description and to apply.  

Principal Counsel, Corporate, Transactions: The Walt Disney Company - Burbank, CA 

Click here for the full job description and to apply.  

Vice President, Business Affairs, ABC Studios: The Walt Disney Company - Burbank, CA 

Click here for the full job description and to apply.   

Director of Inclusion and Diversity: BakerHostetler

Click here for the full job description. Questions or applications may be sent to Laura Thomas at lthomas@bakerlaw.com

Counsel, Commercial Lending & Equipment Finance: PNC Bank - Pittsburgh, PA or Philadelphia, PA 

Click here for the full job description and to apply. Direct questions to Diana Alzaid, Senior Recruiter, at Diana.alzaid@pnc.com or 412.762.5596.  

Digital Banking Product Development Attorney: U.S. Bank

Click here for the full job description. 

Enhanced Money Movement Attorney: U.S. Bank

Click here for the full job description. 

Associate General Counsel, AR/VR Marketing: Facebook - Redmond, WA; Seattle, WA; or Menlo Park, CA 

Click here for the full job description and to apply. 

Corporate Counsel: Abstract - San Francisco, CA 

Click here for the full job description. 

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Posting of Job Opportunities in the Fellows Weekly Announcements

We welcome job postings from our Member organizations to be featured in the Fellows Weekly announcements (FWA) at no cost. Jobs must require at least seven (7) years of experience and state that a J.D. degree is required or preferred. Associate level positions (or equivalent) are not posted in the FWA.

Postings will remain in the FWA for four (4) consecutive weeks and then be removed. You may request one posting renewal for an additional four (4) weeks. Opportunities received in accordance with the policy prior to 5 p.m. ET on Sunday will be posted in the Fellows Weekly Announcements released on the following Tuesday.*

To post a job opportunity, please send the following information to Caitlin Puffenberger at cpuffenberger@lcldnet.com:

1.  Title and location of the position.

2.  Application link with full job description. If unavailable, please provide a PDF of the job description.

3.  Optional: Contact information should applicants have additional questions about the position.

*Postings not submitted in accordance with this policy will be included at the Program Manager’s discretion.

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