The Lawyer’s Collaborative for Diversity came into existence in Connecticut almost sixteen (16) years ago. This noble experiment, seeking to marry the corporate legal worlds and the State’s biggest law firms to expand opportunities for women and minority lawyers evolved out of a much older and established entity in the City of Boston. That city’s Boston Lawyers Group (BLG) is some thirty-three (33) years old. For twenty-seven (27) of those years, BLG has had Carolyn Golden Hebsgaard at its helm. We in Connecticut were able to pry two days a week early on for Carolyn to come make her magic in this State.
This remarkable woman, with the cooperation and assistance of some of the State’s finest corporate law departments, law firm leadership and State Agencies – folks like Greg Butler of Eversource Energy (formerly, Northeast Utilities), Stan Twardy and Mike Considine, and law firms such as Day Pitney (formerly Day Berry & Howard) and others from Wiggin and Dana, Murtha Cullina, Jackson Lewis, Robinson & Cole and others, put LCD on the Connecticut legal map. LCD, housed in the belly of the dedicated law firms, developed to include a Mentor Program (Shipman & Goodwin), a Judges of Color program (Wiggin & Dana), a Building Careers Symposium supported by Murtha Cullina and Pullman & Comley, and in cooperation with the State’s affinity bar associations, has recognized some of the leading lights of the corporate and legal communities, including former Justice Lubbie Harper, with their premier Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award.
There is so much more, but this is a brief reminder of what we as a legal community have enjoyed as a result of some 16 years of vision and passion given to us all by Carolyn Golden Hebsgaard.
Time marches on and now after these many years of making her magic work, Carolyn Golden Hebsgaard has stepped down as Executive Director of LCD. She became the first non-lawyer to have bestowed on her the LCD’s venerable and beautiful Edwin Archer Randolph Award, named after the first Black Yale Law School graduate (1880) to be admitted to the CT Bar. Carolyn created the Archer Award and developed it into one of the most prestigious events in the State.
We wish this champion of diversity good health and express our heart-felt thank you for her service.