Palo Alto, Calif. – March 12, 2014 – Cooley LLP announced today that litigation partner Jessica Valenzuela Santamaria has been selected as a member of the 2014 class of fellows for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). As a fellow, Jessica will participate in a landmark program created by the LCLD to identify, train and advance the next generation of diverse leaders in the legal profession.
"It is an honor for Cooley to be a part of the class of fellows for the LCLD for the second year running," said Joe Conroy, Cooley's CEO. "Jessica is both a great litigator and a champion for furthering diversity at Cooley and within the profession. She is an ideal candidate for this prestigious fellowship."
Based in the firm's Palo Alto office, Jessica litigates securities matters and complex business disputes. She is a member of the firm's diversity and hiring committees.
With 215 Members, LCLD is a national organization made up of general counsel and managing partners of the leading corporations and law firms in the country. Launched in 2011, the LCLD Fellows program is an ambitious, highly structured initiative built to increase diversity at the leadership levels within the nation's leading law firms and corporate legal departments. Over the course of the year-long program, participants will be challenged to improve their professional brand, build relationships that enhance professional development, participate in corporate learning experiences, and sharpen stewardship and leadership skills.
"Our fellows program is a unique learning experience designed to empower a new generation of lawyers," said Brad Smith, LCLD Chair and Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Microsoft Corporation. "These talented individuals have been singled out for leadership by their organizations, and they represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds that are as diverse as the country they serve."
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