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CSR, Diversity and Inclusion

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)

BELL NUNNALLY, Dallas - United States
23 Apr 2020

Bell Nunnally has been a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) since 2017. The organization is comprised of more than 300 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners dedicated to building a more open and diverse legal profession.

LCLD “Fellows Program” members are mid-career professionals who have been nominated by their company or law firm’s executive members in recognition of strong past performance and leadership. The “Fellow” year focuses on relationship-building, in-person training, peer-group projects and extensive contact with LCLD’s leadership. Bell Nunnally has sent one mid-career professional each year to participate in the Fellows Program since joining.

LCLD “Pathfinder Program” members are early career attorneys, also nominated by their company or organization, who have three-to-five years of practice experience. The initiative aims to arm its set of diverse, high-potential professionals with practical tools for developing and leveraging internal professional networks. The “Pathfinder Program” focuses on relationship building, foundational leadership instruction and career development activities. Bell Nunnally has sent two early career attorneys a year to participate in the Pathfinder Program.

Bell Nunnally attorney Alana Ackels was selected to the LCLD's 2019 "Fellows Program." In addition, attorneys Katie Beaird and Jennice Lee were selected to the 2019 "Pathfinders Program." Alana, Katie and Jennice follow Bell Nunnally partner and 2017 “Fellow” Karen Hart and associates and “Pathfinders” Saba Syed. In 2016, Partner Sonja McGill participated in the “Fellows Program” and associate Murphy Sayre participated in the “Pathfinders Program.” The chair of Bell Nunnally’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Kassandra McLaughlin, is a 2014 Fellow alumna.

In 2019, Sonja McGill was elected to the LCLD Executive Committee as Chair of the Advocacy Program.

About Bell Nunnally

Bell Nunnally is a premier full-service law firm delivering the highest quality legal services to our clients with superior service, exemplary results and value for over 35 years. Providing transactional and litigation services to a regional and national client base ranging from start-up businesses to Fortune 500 companies, clients turn to Bell Nunnally for counseling in a full range of business matters including litigation, commercial finance, corporate and securities, bankruptcy and financial restructuring, immigration, intellectual property, appellate, entertainment, labor and employment, health, mergers and acquisitions, estate planning, tax, and white collar criminal and regulatory defense.

Bell Nunnally has repeatedly been named a “Go-To” law firm for America’s largest companies in Corporate Counsel magazine. Simply put, we enjoy serving clients. We like what we do. We have attorneys at a variety of levels of experience, but we don't force every matter to fit a staffing structure that involves a large team. Some matters require that approach, but some don't. Our style of practice is to staff matters appropriately, always making our partners available. That style has earned us a reputation for being accessible, responsive, and above all, client driven.