Two Lewis Rice Members Selected for Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Programs

Lewis Rice members Jerina Phillips and Apollo Carey were recently selected for Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) programs. With more than 350 members serving as general counsel of major corporations or managing partners of the nation's leading law firms, LCLD is committed to challenging the legal profession to prepare future generations of diverse talent for the highest positions of leadership.

Jerina was chosen to participate in the LCLD 2021 Pathfinder Program designed for diverse, high-potential, early-career attorneys. The program provides Pathfinders with tools for building and leveraging professional networks through relationship building, leadership skills and career development strategies. As a Pathfinder, Jerina will participate in meetings, online learning experiences, small group conversations and peer networking.

Apollo was selected for LCLD’s 2021 Fellows Program for mid-career attorneys with at least eight years of practice experience and a proven commitment to diversity and inclusion. The goal of the program is to provide Fellows with development opportunities and leadership training through class meetings, accountability partners, online learning and a regional event.

“At Lewis Rice, we’ve always believed excellent legal work is best achieved when attorneys with differing perspectives and backgrounds collaborate,” said Ronald Norwood, member and chairman of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. “We’re thrilled Jerina and Apollo have the opportunity to participate in these important programs designed to build a more open and diverse legal profession.”

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. Apollo has been practicing corporate, transactional, and regulatory law for more than a decade and currently serves as the City Attorney for Ferguson, Missouri, and as outside counsel for the Junior College District of St. Louis (St. Louis Community College).