Miami, FL – Kayla M. Hernandez and Hannah Lidicker have been named Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Pathfinders for 2023. A multifaceted program produced by LCLD, the Pathfinder program provides participants with the opportunity to learn from top leaders in the legal profession, as well as career development experts. Over the course of seven months, the program is designed to train high-performing attorneys who are early in their careers on foundational leadership and relationship-building skills.
“Kayla and Hannah have shown an incredible commitment to building a more diverse organization here at Bilzin Sumberg, and I am delighted that they have been named LCLD Pathfinders,” said Bilzin Sumberg Managing Partner Albert E. Dotson, Jr. “Kayla and Hannah reflect all that we value in future leaders, and I look forward to their many contributions in the years ahead.”
The Pathfinder program, conceived as a supplement to training initiatives already in place at LCLD Member corporations and law firms, provides participants with practical tools for developing and leveraging internal professional networks, leadership skills and an understanding of career development strategies. In addition to full class programming, each participant is placed in a small group that is led by a Program Facilitator who serves as a mentor to help the Pathfinder connect what they learn in the program to the organization at which they work.
LCLD President Robert J. Grey Jr. added, “Much thought and research is behind the design of the Pathfinder program, which will serve to advance high-potential diverse attorneys to the next level of their careers.”
In addition to the exclusive leadership and professional-development curriculum that is unique to the Pathfinder program, this year’s 462 LCLD Pathfinders will have several opportunities - from class meetings to group peer circles - to meet and interact with their peers, both in person and in a virtual format.
Selected by leaders at LCLD Member corporations and law firms, Pathfinders have been identified as diverse, early-career emerging leaders who have distinguished - or have the potential to distinguish - themselves within their organizations.
Kayla is an attorney in Bilzin Sumberg's Litigation Group, where she handles commercial litigation, antitrust and arbitration matters. As part of the firm’s Antitrust Team, Kayla has worked on high profile, nationally recognized opt-out cases involving price-fixing schemes in violation of antitrust laws.
Hannah is a transactional real estate attorney focusing on the purchase, sale, financing, and leasing of property. She also uses her real estate skills in the firm’s Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (CMBS) practice representing special servicer lenders in the purchase and sale of property, or modifications to their assets, and in the Affordable Housing practice representing affordable housing developers.
About the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity is an organization of more than 400 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners - the leadership of the profession - who have pledged themselves, through our Leaders at the Front initiative and other means, to creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession. Our action programs are designed to attract, inspire, and nurture the talent in society and within our organizations, thereby helping a new and more diverse generation of attorneys ascend to positions of leadership. By producing tangible results in our institutions, we work to promote inclusiveness in our organizations, our circles of influence, and our society, with the ultimate goal of building a more equitable and diverse legal profession.
About Bilzin Sumberg
Bilzin Sumberg counsels clients whose business and legal opportunities and challenges span the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. The firm’s growth has paralleled that of its Miami home base, a region known for its rich cultural, social, and professional diversity. Bilzin Sumberg stands at the center of virtually every major transaction shaping Florida and is at the forefront of the state’s most pressing economic issues - from infrastructure, transit and mobility, to affordability and the diversification of the state’s economy. Bilzin Sumberg lawyers concentrate on services at the heart of both regional and international commerce, including real estate, land development and government relations, environmental, construction, corporate and securities, finance, joint ventures, domestic and international tax and private wealth planning, antitrust, business litigation, and public-private partnerships. For more information, please visit bilzin.com.