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? 
LCLD is monitoring COVID-19 and its impact on our programs, and will be in contact if events are cancelled or postponed.

2020 Fellow Sylvia-Rebecca Gutierrez will be speaking about the 2020 Census at the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey’s annual Women's Empowerment Leadership & Law conference at Rutgers University, Livingston Student Center, Piscataway, NJ on March 14.

2020 Fellow Martin Strauch was promoted to Special Counsel at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.  

2020 Fellow Carlos White was recently featured in the  “Titans of Franchising” article by Franchise Journal.

2019 Fellow Amber Finch was featured in a podcast from Reed Smith on overcoming implicit bias. Listen here.  

2017 Fellow X. Christina Huang has moved to Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, where she is Counsel.  

2016 Fellow Rob Peal has moved to Sims | Funk, PLC. 

2015 Fellow Saminaz Akhter and Larry Chattoo, who met through LCLD, recently co-hosted a Black History Month event in Blank Rome's Washington, DC office. Read more here

2015 Fellow Arthur Anthony co-moderated (with former Dallas Bar President Scott McElhaney) a discussion with Dr. Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and professor emeritus of history at Columbia University, in connection with his new book “The Second Founding;  How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution” on February 27, 2020. The event was part of the Dallas Bar Association’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 15th Amendment.

2015 Fellow Karla Haynes was promoted to Director & Associate General Counsel, Global Trade Compliance at Facebook.  

2015 Fellow Travis Torrence was named a 2020 Best LGBTQ+ Lawyer Under 40. Read more here

2014 Fellow Wesley Bizzell published an article titled "LGBTQ Diversity & Inclusion in the Legal Profession: The Basics and Beyond" in the International In-House Counsel Journal. Read it here

2013 Fellow Adine Momoh, her husband Vince, and their daughter Alexandria welcomed the newest addition to their family, Vincent Sahr Samuel Baillet, Jr. on March 4, 2020, at 7:44 am, measuring 7 lbs, 5 oz and 20.25 in. Adine and her family are doing well.

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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2020 Fellows Announcements 


Due to the coronavirus COVID-19, The Coca-Cola Company has made the difficult decision to postpone its upcoming Learning Experience. We are hopeful to set a new date in the calendar year. There are still seven Learning Experiences scheduled for 2020 Fellows; see the LCLD calendar for dates (excluding the Adtalem Global Education event). LCLD and its Member corporations are closely monitoring the evolving situation. Decisions on other LCLD events will be made and communicated on a timely basis. 

LEADERSHIP LUNCH: Arlington, VA - April 20, 2020

2020 Fellows who have not yet attended a Leadership Lunch may now register for a lunch hosted by  Joel Unruch, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Accenture, and Ellen Dwyer, Chair of Crowell & Moring's Executive Committee and LCLD Chair. The lunch will be followed by a special tour of Accenture's Cyber Fusion Center. Click here for more information. RSVPs should come directly to Nichole Velasquez, Fellows Program Manager, and include your name, organization, Fellowship year, and any dietary restrictions. 

Registration will open for other 2020 Fellows and LCLD Alumni on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 1pm EST.  

LEADERSHIP LUNCH: Atlanta, GA - April 8, 2020 

2020 Fellows may now register for a Leadership Lunch hosted by Michael Hankinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal and Compliance Officer of Delta Dental Insurance Company, and J. Henry Walker IV, Chair and Chief Executive Officer for Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. Click here for more information. RSVPs should come directly to Nichole Velasquez, Fellows Program Manager, and include your name, organization, Fellowship year, and any dietary restrictions. 

Registration will open for LCLD Alumni on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 1pm EST.  

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Events and Opportunities


Registration is now open for the LCLD Alumni Leadership Symposium in Dallas from June 11 to 13. Click here for details and to register. Please note: Law Firm Early Bird Registration ends March 15, 2020.

2016 FELLOWS CLASS CALL: March 10, 2020 

LCLD Alumni spring class calls are underway. Class of 2016: Please join class liaisons Joseph Hanna and William Toles Wednesday, March 10, 2020, at 4pm ET. Dial in: 1-877-211-3621; Passcode: 490 657 1530

2015 FELLOWS CLASS CALL: March 11, 2020 

LCLD Alumni spring class calls are underway. Class of 2016: Please join class liaisons Ben Kacher and Dinesh Melwani Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at 4pm ET. Dial in: 1-877-273-4202; Passcode: 7871140

2013 FELLOWS CLASS CALL: March 13, 2020 

LCLD Alumni spring class calls are underway. Class of 2013: Please join class liaisons Christopher Pickett and Denise Zamore Friday, March 13, 2020, at 2pm ET. Dial in: 1-763-957-6400; Meeting Number: 829 084 568; Meeting Password: Mqe3N95XJS@ 

2017 FELLOWS CLASS CALL: March 13, 2020 

LCLD Alumni spring class calls are underway. Class of 2017: Please join class liaisons Melissa Lauderdale-Ward and Stephanie Hosler Friday, March 13, 2020, at 4pm ET. Dial in: 1-888-211-2008; Passcode: 13660129 


The Rick Palmore LCLD Alumni Award recognizes the outstanding achievements, commitment, and leadership of LCLD Fellows Alumni and Pathfinder Alumni whose exemplary contributions have had a substantial and lasting impact on the LCLD Fellows and Pathfinder network and in advancing the mission and goals of LCLD in the communities in which we practice and the legal profession more broadly.

Please click here to nominate a colleague or to learn more about the nomination process and eligibility. The deadline for nominations is March 20, 2020 at 5 pm ET. 

For questions, please contact Corey Lee, Immediate Past Chair of the LCLD Fellows Alumni Executive Council and 2012 Fellow, at leec@huntonak.com, or Erin Hess, LCLD Alumni Program Manager, at ehess@lcldnet.com.


The 2020 "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. If paying by check, please send $125, made payable to LCLD, with memo All In! (list Fellow or Pathfinder) Class of (list Class Year) to: Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Attn: Erin Hess & Kate Knerr, P.O. Box 1656, Richmond, VA 23218. 


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

2020 HNBA CORPORATE COUNSEL CONFERENCE: Phoenix, AZ - March 19-22, 2020 

If you will be attending the HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference and would like to meet up with other Fellows, please reach out to 2020 Fellow Alissa Lugo at alugo@bakerlaw.com.


The 2020 1L Scholars will participate in Mock Interviews on Wednesday, June 3, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm ET at The Westin Peachtree in Atlanta. We're currently in need of attorneys from LCLD Member organizations to conduct interviews for the Scholars for this exercise. Please share this opportunity with any attorneys at your firm who are in Atlanta. Click here to register as an interviewer by May 22, 2020. Click here for more information about the mock interviewing process.

For questions about the 1L Scholars Mock Interviews, please contact Nancy Richardson, LCLD Program Manager. 

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Job Opportunities

Senior Director, Legal Medical & Development Regulatory: Astellas Pharmaceuticals - Northbrook, IL 

Click here for the full job description and to apply. If applicants have questions, they can contact Alison Buck at alison.buck.contractor@astellas.com.

Vice President, Government Relations: ViacomCBS - Washington, DC 

Click here for the full job description and to apply. 

Senior Counsel: Re:Sources - New York, NY 

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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