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Nilufer R. Shaikh and Courtney A. Munnings Chosen for LCLD Programs

Nilufer R. Shaikh and Courtney A. Munnings Chosen for LCLD Programs

Participation in Fellows and Pathfinder programs continues Pepper Hamilton’s longtime commitment to LCLD.

Pepper Hamilton is proud to announce that partner Nilufer R. Shaikh has been selected for the 2017 Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), and associate Courtney A. Munnings has been chosen as a member of LCLD’s 2017 class of Pathfinders. Pepper Hamilton has been a member of LCLD, a national organization composed of the legal profession’s top general counsel and managing partners, since its inception in 2009.

Ms. Shaikh, a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group, will participate in LCLD’s landmark Fellows Program, which aims to identify, train and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession. Over the course of the year-long program, participants are challenged to improve their professional brand, build relationships that enhance professional development, participate in corporate learning experiences, and sharpen stewardship and leadership skills.

Ms. Shaikh was elected to the partnership of Pepper Hamilton on November 18 as a member of the firm’s first all-female partner and of counsel class. She is the latest Pepper partner to participate in the Fellows Program, joining the ranks of Tambry L. Bradford (2016), Andrea Toy Ohta (2014), Hyung P. Steele (2013) and Kassem L. Lucas (2011).

Ms. Munnings, an associate Commercial Litigation Practice Group, has been chosen to participate in LCLD’s Pathfinder Program. Now in its second year, the program is designed to train early-career attorneys in critical career development strategies, including leadership and the building of professional networks.

According to LCLD President Robert J. Grey, Jr., the LCLD Pathfinder Program offers participants “intensive in-person training, online experiential learning, and opportunities to network with peers and esteemed LCLD Fellows in small group gatherings. We believe it’s a program that can help catapult a person’s career forward.”

Pepper Hamilton Managing Partner Thomas J. Cole, Jr., said, “Nilufer and Courtney are among Pepper’s brightest young lawyers, and we are proud that they have been selected by LCLD for these programs. We are confident that their participation will both enhance their practices and the service they provide to our clients.”  

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