Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Announces Record-Setting Class of Pathfinders

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) announced this week that 147 diverse attorneys from 97 LCLD member law firms and corporations have been selected for the 2017 Pathfinder Program. The program, which served 112 attorneys last year and 40 attorneys in its 2015 pilot year, trains early-career attorneys in critical career-development strategies including leadership and the building of professional networks.

“There was a gap [in LCLD programming] for junior associates or lawyers who are new to corporate law departments,” said Greg Jordan, General Counsel and Head of Regulatory Government Affairs at PNC Financial Services Group and a former LCLD board member. “Since that is a population of lawyers who suffer very high attrition, we created the Pathfinder Program as a way to eliminate that gap.” Having witnessed the value of the program for PNC’s first attorney Pathfinder in 2015, Jordan has selected attorneys from the corporation to participate every year since then.

In April, Pathfinders will be split into two groups to attend intensive two-day trainings hosted by LCLD member corporations Adobe Systems Incorporated in San Jose, CA, and Harley-Davidson, Inc. in Milwaukee, WI. Participants will learn from experts on leadership and career development, as well as from various executives at the hosting corporations.    

“We believe that a diverse workforce is key to building an innovative company that reflects our global customer base,” said Mike Dillon, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Adobe. “The Pathfinder Program shares our values on cultivating diversity among legal professionals. We are honored to host the incoming class of Pathfinders at Adobe this year and contribute to their professional development and…

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