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Seyfarth Shaw’s James Yu Selected as 2012-2013 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity


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NEW YORK (March 13, 2012) - Seyfarth Shaw LLP is proud to announce that New York office Litigation Department partner James Yu was recently selected as a 2012-2013 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).

Focused on mentoring the next generation of leaders in the legal industry, the LCLD Fellows program connects General Counsels and Managing Partners from top organizations with Fellows through a series of meetings, discussions, corporate visits, and individual coaching. The year-long professional development program centers on building relationships and leadership skills, as Fellows are able to network and learn from established legal professionals.

“I’m honored to be included among the 2012-2013 class of Fellows,” said Yu. “LCLD has an outstanding reputation for fostering true growth and development within the diverse legal community, and this program is an excellent opportunity that will undoubtedly contribute to my practice as well as to my firm.”

Laura Maechtlen, a Seyfarth Shaw partner and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Diversity Action Team Executive Committee, recently completed the successful first year of the program as a Fellow. She added, “What makes the LCLD Fellows program such a success is that the bonds that we form with through the program are lasting and beneficial. The community created by sharing experiences and knowledge is invaluable in developing our understanding of successful leadership within an organization and the profession. I know that James will benefit from the program, and that it will serve him well throughout his career.”

The program employs training methods which include in-person training on core topics of relationship-building, team development and personal leadership. The Fellows program also includes the “personal journey series” in which LCLD member leaders engage in frank discussions concerning topics including career turning points, wake-up moments and lessons learned, high points and setbacks, sources of inspiration, personal mentors, areas of growth and development, perspectives on top performance, vision of the future and personal call to action.

Fellows are nominated by LCLD members and are attorneys with at least five years of experience. Candidates selected have demonstrated high levels of initiative, focus on delivering value, a deep sense of engagement in their organizations and a trajectory directed to leadership positions in their organization. The kick-off meeting for this year’s Fellows will take place March 27-29 in Philadelphia. To learn more about the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and its Fellows Program, visit

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