V&E Announces 2019 LCLD Fellow and Pathfinders
Vinson & Elkins counsel Quentin Smith has
been selected as the firm’s Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow
for 2019 and senior associates Simone King and Rob Landicho have been selected
as the firm’s 2019 LCLD Pathfinders.
a commercial litigator in V&E’s Houston office, joins more than 300 other
mid-career attorneys from across the United States as part of the largest LCLD
Fellows class since the program launched in 2011. LCLD’s Fellows Program
includes in-house and law firm lawyers and is one of most comprehensive legal
talent development programs in the country designed to advance the next
generation of leaders in the legal profession.
King, a project and infrastructure finance
lawyer in V&E’s New York office, and Landicho, who focuses on international
commercial arbitration and is based in V&E’s Houston office, join LCLD’s
Pathfinder Program supporting attorneys with at least three to five years of
experience. The Pathfinder Program provides mentoring and training in critical
career development strategies, including leadership skills development and
building professional networks.
the course of these year-long programs, participants will be challenged to
enhance their professional brand, build professional relationships, participate
in corporate learning experiences and sharpen leadership skills.
“These talented individuals have been singled
out for leadership by their organizations and represent a broad spectrum of
backgrounds as diverse as the country they serve,” said Laura Stein, LCLD Chair
and Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The Clorox Corporation.
Founded in 2009, LCLD is a national
organization of more than 300 corporate chief legal officers and law firm
managing partners who are personally committed to creating a more diverse and
inclusive legal profession. V&E is a charter member of LCLD and received the
organization’s Compass Award for commitment to diversity in 2018.
Maritza Okata, an M&A/Private Equity partner in V&E’s New
York office, is a former LCLD Fellow and serves as Immediate Past Chair of
LCLD’s Fellows Alumni Executive
Council. Other former LCLD Fellows include V&E partners and counsel Manuel
Berrelez, Devika Kornbacher, and Mingda Zhao. Former Pathfinders include V&E associates
Carla Jordan-Detamore, Alex Kamel, Kent Piacenti, and Julia Tong.
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity has been instrumental both in promoting
sustained dialogue at law firms and corporations about diversity and inclusion
in the legal profession and in designing innovative programs that are
influential in the advancement of high-potential diverse lawyers,” said
Okata. “I remain inspired by the continued growth and influence of LCLD
and the commitment to achieving meaningful change in the complexion of the
legal profession through our collective efforts.”