Kirkland & Ellis selected litigation partner Erin Johnston to be a 2018 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow. The Fellows program is designed to increase diversity at the leadership levels of the nation’s law firms and corporate legal departments. Previous participants include IP litigation partner Joseph Loy, corporate partner Bill Benitez, litigation partner Barack Echols, IP litigation partner Jeannie Heffernan, Diversity and Inclusion Committee chair and litigation partner Atif Khawaja, and IP litigation partner Diana Torres.
Kirkland also selected litigation associate Elizabeth Dalmut and corporate associate Tushin Shah to be 2018 LCLD Pathfinders. Launched in 2015, the Pathfinders program trains diverse, high-potential, early-career attorneys in career development strategies. Kirkland has participated in the program every year since its inception.
Founded in 2009, the LCLD comprises general counsel and managing partners from leading corporations and law firms. In addition to participating in the Fellows and Pathfinders Programs, Kirkland supports LCLD in several ways. Firm attorneys serve as LCLD City Leads in Palo Alto, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., acting as primary liaisons between LCLD, law school students and administration, and attorney mentors in their cities. Kirkland is also involved in the annual 1L LCLD Scholars Program.