The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) has selected 160 mid-level attorneys as 2013 Fellows, the largest number yet chosen, it was announced today.
"These Fellows represent some of the most promising talent in the legal profession," Walfrido J. Martinez, LCLD chairman and managing partner of Hunton & Williams LLP, said in a statement. "They've been singled out for leadership by the organizations they serve, and represent a broad spectrum of diverse backgrounds."
LCLD's yearlong Fellows program challenges participants to improve their professional brand, build their professional relationships and hone their leadership skills.
The program was developed under the leadership of its Talent Development Committee, led by chairwoman Deborah Majoras, chief legal officer and secretary, Procter & Gamble, and vice chairman Gary Sasso, president and CEO, Carlton Fields PA.
"We are lucky to have an extraordinarily energetic and ambitious membership and board of directors," Robert Grey, executive director of LCLD and past president of the American Bar Association, said in a statement. "All of us are eager for results, and will persist until we see real changes in the makeup of the leadership of the profession."
In 2011, the LCLD selected 119 fellows, and selected 136 in 2012.
Other programs include a mentoring program with more than 2,000 participants and a scholars program benefiting first-year law students.
LCLD was founded in 2009 to study the actual diversity of law firms, analyze successful diversity partnership, develop diverse critical talent, and evaluate and support programs that bring individuals from diverse backgrounds into the legal field, according to its website.
The organization's board of directors includes executives from Microsoft Corp., General Mills, UPS and Macy's.
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