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Kutak Rock Names 2020 Leadership Fellow and Challenge Club Member

News - Inclusiveness and Diversity | February 06, 2020

Kutak Rock has chosen Amy Blumenthal to be a member of the 2020 class of Fellows of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). The landmark Fellows Program was created to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession. Ms. Blumenthal is a litigation partner in the firm’s Philadelphia office.

According to LCLD President Robert J. Grey, Jr., the LCLD Fellows Program offers participants “a year-long, in-depth program devoted to relationship-building, in-person training, peer-group projects, and extensive contact with LCLD’s top leadership and the best teachers in the business.”

Founded in 2009, LCLD is a growing organization of more than 320 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. The LCLD Fellows Program, which has trained more than 1,600 mid-career attorneys since 2011, is one of LCLD’s most important initiatives.

Kutak Rock has also chosen Ashley Dennis, a finance associate in the firm’s Denver office, as this year’s Challenge Club member within the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL). In 2006 NAWL issued its Challenge to increase to at least 30% the number of women equity partners, women chief legal officers, and women-tenured law professors. While the profession has made strides in the latter two areas, the number of women equity partners remains relatively stagnant. NAWL developed the NAWL Challenge Club as a joint effort by law firms and corporate legal departments to make change happen.

Membership in the NAWL Challenge Club offers corporate legal departments and law firms the platform to create opportunities through constructive, feasible, and results-oriented activities. Law firms will select their top women lawyers on track for equity partnership to participate in networking events and presentation sessions with Corporate Members, who will, in turn, provide mentorship and consider Law Firm Members for future work.