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DIVERSITY NEWS


BY JOSHUA H. SHIELDS


GOLF TOURNAMENT PROVIDES IDEAL ENVIRONMENT TO NETWORK


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THE BROTHERS GARNER ROCKED THE BLUE MONSTER AT DORAL GOLF RESORT & SPA OUTSIDE MIAMI TO BECOME THE TOAST OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL INVITATION (GCI). First-time attendee Michael Garner of eTera Consulting won the Lawyer’s Cup Challenge, the single-player tournament, with a net score of 70. His brother, Timothy Garner of TransPerfect Legal Solutions, another fi rst-time attendee, joined General Mills General Counsel Rick Palmore, Billy Martin of Dorsey Whitney, and Jennifer Groves of Hughes Hubbard, who was also making her fi rst trip to Doral, to capture the team- title for the GCI.


Linda Lu and Adonica Wada enjoy the scenic greens of Doral Golf Resort & Spa.


T is year’s GCI, held April 13-16, was the closest tour-


nament to date. For the fi rst time there was a three-way tie for fi rst place. All three teams scored a 64—which was nine under par for the course. T e winner was decided by the best score on the par 3 holes. “T is was the best work event I have ever attended.


Not only was I able to network but I had a terrifi c time doing so,” says Timothy Garner. “T is was my fi rst time attending and it will certainly not be my last—it is my intent to defend the title! More importantly, I want to return to bond with my new teammates and new friends from MCCA. I am sending everyone at TransPerfect my personal recommendation to attend next year.” Garner’s victorious teammate Billy Martin agrees. “I


will be back next year trying for the three-peat with a big bull’s-eye on my back,” says the back-to-back team-title GCI victor. “We had an outstanding team this year. We were as diverse as they come—one general counsel, one vendor, and two lawyers—whether we needed a strong drive, a delicate putt, or a big stroke, our team delivered.” T e event was more than just gorgeous sunsets


and manicured greens. Over 200 people attended fi ve outstanding and informative CLE sessions. T e topics included “T e Whistleblower,” wherein internal investi- gations are examined, and how to deal with employees who turn hostile and threaten to go public. MCCA’s Lori Garrett moderated a panel on social infl uence, the change in an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that results from interaction with another individual or group. Other panels explored the sometimes cynical relation-


ship between corporate legal departments and outside coun- sel. “I was a speaker on the ‘Talk Is Cheap’ panel, which focused on diversity eff orts by in-house counsel and outside fi rms,” says Linda Lu of Allstate Insurance Company. “I’ve been on other diversity panels but this one was one of the most engaging CLEs on the issue. It was Diversity 2.0. We discussed ‘tough’ questions about whether diverse attorneys are getting credit and if not what in-house attorneys can do to make sure they are getting credit.”


DIVERSITY & THE BAR® MAY/JUNE 2011 MCCA.COM


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