Wow, what a difference a week makes! Reality for many of us has altered dramatically in the last seven days. All of us are working in unprecedented times and I’m sure it’s creating just a little anxiety for most of us. For me, I am used to working remotely, but usually without the backdrop of three rambunctious children (is there any other kind?). And my worries center less around the health of my immediate family, but to those whose very livelihood will be impacted by the immediate closure of so many places. Will my daughter’s bus driver have a way to pay his bills over the next month? How will the boutiques in old Ellicott City, who have barely recovered from devastating floods, survive losing business again for weeks on end? How will this period of social distancing affect the mental health of the millions of people already suffering with depression and anxiety?
I know I am not the only one with these thoughts, and THAT is what gives me the audaciousness to hope—to hope that so many people thinking of others will bring out compassion, empathy, and kindness in communities around the nation. There is no community that better exemplifies these qualities than the LCLD community. I have always been in awe of the professional accomplishments of this group, but it is the personal connections I have made, and that I have seen you make with each other, that fills me with the knowledge we will all be looking out for one another. We are also seeing LCLD Member Corporations at the forefront of decisions to protect the health and well-being of their workers and the general public. Because of you, we will be okay.
So check in on each other. Blow up the GroupMe chat (I’m looking at you 2018s). Send a text to your neighbor. Wash your hands. And share resources. I’m not just talking about TP, but all the wonderful resources your organizations are putting out there to help businesses and individuals cope with COVID-19. To that end, if your organization has produced any materials that you would like to share with the LCLD community, please send them to me. We will continue to share these and other relevant resources in the Fellows newsletter over the coming weeks.
To get started, here is a resource that I received from one of our speakers, Paula Davis-Laack Founder of the Stress and Resilience Institute, one from our friends at Deloitte, and links to two webinars from Mary Abbajay's company, Careerstone Group:
- Checklist for Organizational Resilience & Agility
- How to Manage the Impact on Your Global Workforce Webinar (3/17 at 3:30 pm)
- Successfully Navigating the Virtual Workplace Webinar (3/18 at 12:30 pm EST)
- Virtual Meetings That Work Webinar (3/20 at 12:30 pm EST)
Rest assured that the Fellows newsletter will continue to be published every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. EST. The LCLD Richmond office is closed so that the staff can be home, but we are all working remotely. Please continue to send personal announcements and job postings. And next week I will be announcing some big changes to the look and function of this newsletter. Stay tuned.
Did you know?
LCLD is monitoring COVID-19 and its impact on our programs. Click here to see the status of our upcoming events.
2019 Fellow Tim Reed was promoted to Partner at FordHarrison LLP.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to the list.
Events and Opportunities
NOW SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR 2019 RICK PALMORE LCLD ALUMNI AWARD: Deadline March 20, 2020 at 5 pm ET
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 email@example.com, or Erin Hess, LCLD Alumni Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 ALL IN! CAMPAIGN: NOW OPEN
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 email@example.com or LCLD Alumni Programs Manager Erin Hess at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
LCLD ALUMNI LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM: Dallas, TX - June 11-13, 2020
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.
Counsel, Data Team: General Motors - Detroit, MI
Counsel, Commercial Lending & Equipment Finance: PNC Bank - Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, PA
Counsel, Retail Lending: PNC Bank - Cleveland, OH or Pittsburgh, PA
Senior Litigation Counsel: PNC Bank - Philadelphia, PA
Commercial Lending Counsel: PNC Bank - Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, PA
Counsel, Commercial Lending & Equipment Finance: PNC Bank - Pittsburgh, PA or Philadelphia, PA
Corporate Counsel, Supply Chain & International: The Homde Depot - Atlanta, GA
Senior Director, Legal Medical & Development Regulatory: Astellas Pharmaceuticals - Northbrook, IL
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.
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 email@example.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.