January 28, 2020

Associate Melanie Medina selected to serve as a 2020 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow, and associates Emerson Girardeau and Kurt Lyn to serve as 2020 LCLD Pathfinders.

Washington-based associate Melanie Medina has been selected as a 2020 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow. The LCLD Fellows Program connects high-potential attorneys with general counsel and managing partners for a year-long, multi-tiered professional development series. The program is designed to increase diversity at the leadership levels of the nation’s top law firms and corporate legal departments. LCLD selected Melanie based on Willkie’s nomination. Past Fellows include partner Anne Choe.

Additionally, the firm selected Houston-based associate Emerson Girardeau and New York-based associate Kurt Lyn to serve as 2020 LCLD Pathfinders. The LCLD Pathfinder Program is designed to provide early-career, high-potential attorneys with practical tools for developing and leveraging professional networks through relationship-building and leadership skills and career development strategies. Associate Kyle Mathews is currently completing his term as a 2019 Pathfinder.

LCLD is an organization of more than 300 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who have dedicated themselves to creating a diverse U.S. legal profession. In addition to the Fellows and Pathfinders Programs, Willkie participates in the 1L LCLD Scholars Program, which expands the number of opportunities for diverse first-year law students. Chairman Steve Gartner serves as the firm’s managing partner member of LCLD and also mentors a 1L LCLD Scholar. Last November, Steve and the firm were honored with the LCLD Compass Award in recognition of the firm’s dedication to creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession. The firm also received the award in 2018. Read: Willkie’s 11/13/2019 announcement.