Lewis Rice Attorneys Selected for Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Programs

Lewis Rice is pleased to share that two attorneys were selected for Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) programs. Comprised of more than 400 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners, LCLD is dedicated to building a more open and diverse legal profession.

Member Jerina D. Phillips was selected for LCLD’s 2023 Fellows Program. Designed for mid-career attorneys who have demonstrated leadership skills, are engaged in their community, and have proven their commitment to diversity and inclusion, the Fellows program offers professional development opportunities, leadership training and networking with class meetings, regional sessions, virtual learning and more.

Associate Sarah L. White was chosen to participate in the LCLD 2023 Pathfinder Program aimed at high-potential attorneys with 3-7 years of practice experience who are dedicated to legal diversity and inclusion. The program provides Pathfinders with tools for developing and leveraging professional networks, foundational leadership skills and career development strategies. In addition to participating in meetings, regional sessions and virtual learning, Sarah will also utilize peer circles throughout the Pathfinder Program.

“We are proud to have Jerina and Sarah represent Lewis Rice in the 2023 LCLD Fellows and Pathfinder programs,” said Richard B. Walsh Jr, chairman of Lewis Rice. “I look forward to seeing all the ways they will use the knowledge, skills and connections they gain through the programs to continue improving diversity and inclusion within our firm, community and the legal profession.”

As part of its ongoing commitment to maintaining an inclusive work environment and promoting diversity in the legal industry, Lewis Rice has been a member of the LCLD since 2020.

Jerina maintains a wide-ranging litigation practice representing individuals and companies in a variety of disputes, including complex commercial litigation, employment litigation, media and communications law and consumer litigation. Sarah's litigation practice centers on complex commercial litigation. In her labor and employment practice, she defends clients in employment-related claims brought under state and federal law. Sarah is also the prosecuting attorney for the city of Kirkwood, Missouri.