Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) member Squire Patton Boggs is proud to announce that partner Traci Martinez has been selected to be a member of the 2016 class of Fellows, participating in a landmark program created by LCLD to identify, train and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.
“Squire Patton Boggs has long embraced diversity in the profession and within our firm,” said Fred Nance, regional managing partner and co-chair of the Squire Patton Boggs Diversity Committee. “Traci’s appointment to the LCLD’s Fellows Program is a testament to her leadership skills and her advocacy for the advancement of women and minorities. We’re thrilled to have Traci represent the firm in this dynamic program.”
“Traci joins a select group of lawyers from diverse backgrounds who have been recognized for their high potential as leaders in their organization and the legal profession,” said Traci Rollins, Florida regional managing partner and co-chair of the Squire Patton Boggs Diversity Committee. “We congratulate Traci on this well-deserved honor and opportunity.”
Ms. Martinez joins a class of more than 227 lawyers from around the country who have been selected as LCLD Fellows for 2016 – the largest class in the program’s history. Resident in the Squire Patton Boggs Columbus office, Ms. Martinez is an experienced civil litigation and labor and employment lawyer advising public and private sector clients across various industries. Notably, she devotes a large portion of her time to civil litigation and trial work, with an emphasis on the utility locating and construction industries. In this capacity, Ms. Martinez defends her clients in property damage, personal injury, wrongful death and contractual matters, including complex defense and indemnity issues.
According to LCLD President Robert J. Grey, Jr., the LCLD Fellows Program offers participants “an extraordinarily rich year of relationship-building, in-person training, peer-group projects and extensive contact with LCLD’s top leadership.”
Launched in 2011, the LCLD Fellows Program is an ambitious, highly structured initiative designed to increase diversity at the leadership levels in law firms and corporate legal departments around the country. There are now 1,027 Fellows in this ground-breaking program. Each year, selected lawyers from diverse backgrounds participate in a year-long program that connects them with mentors who offer guidance on improving their professional brand, building relationships that enhance professional development, participating in corporate learning experiences, and sharpening stewardship and leadership skills.
The Fellows initiative is one of several launched by LCLD since the organization’s founding in 2009. Other programs include a national mentoring initiative serving more than 2,000 mentors and mentees, a 1L Scholars program involving more than 200 first-year law students, and special programming for members through CLE presentations and other platforms.