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McClure-Demers '91 honored for diversity efforts with LCLD Award

WVU Law 1991 graduate Marilyn McClure-Demers

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity has presented its Sixth Annual Rick Palmore LCLD Alumni Award to Marilyn McClure-Demers. She is 1991 WVU College of Law graduate and a member of the college's advisory Visiting Committee.

Named for Rick Palmore, whose commitment to diversity in the legal profession led to the founding of LCLD in 2009, this award is the highest honor given by a growing community of more than 2,600 LCLD Alumni. It recognizes the outstanding achievements, commitment, and leadership of the alumni of LCLD’s Fellows and Pathfinder programs who continue to advance LCLD’s mission to create a legal profession that reflects the diversity of the nation it serves. 

WVU Law has been a member of LCLD since 2016. 

McClure-Demers is Vice President, Associate General Counsel of Corporate Litigation & Discovery Management at Nationwide in Columbus, Ohio. She is a strong advocate for diversity in her community in West Virginia and Ohio. She is a former president of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association and a past chair of United Way of Delaware County. She is also a founder of the Women’s Leadership Network.

Even before becoming an LCLD Fellow in 2014, McClure-Demers advocated for Nationwide to join LCLD. Since then, she has led Nationwide to participate in all of LCLD’s programs, and has personally organized major events like the 2019 LCLD Pathfinder Second Meeting and a major Group Mentoring Event at WVU Law.

In addition to her many roles on the LCLD Alumni Executive Council, McClure-Demers has also established partnerships between LCLD and many West Virginia-based companies and law firms, as well as the West Virginia State Bar Association and the WVU Law. By connecting hundreds of attorneys and law students, she has advanced LCLD’s mission of creating a more inclusive legal profession.

“It is truly my honor to receive the prestigious Rick Palmore LCLD Alumni Award, representing corporate America,” McClure-Demers said. “At a time when our country needs to see actions line up with words, any meaningful change requires all of us. I am extremely grateful and thank LCLD and Rick Palmore who have led the way. It is incredibly humbling, validating, and inspiring for LCLD alumni to determine my work worthy of this prestigious award.”

Joseph Maron Hanna also received the 2020 Rick Palmore LCLD Alumni Award, representing private law practice. He is chair of the Sports and Entertainment, and Retail and Hospitality practices at Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo, NY. 

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