Young Conaway Attorneys Selected to 2023 LCLD Fellow and Pathfinders Programs

February 17, 2023

(WILMINGTON, DE – February 2023) Young Conaway is pleased to announce that three of our attorneys have been selected to the 2023 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows and Pathfinders Programs. Founded in 2009, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) provides diverse, high-potential legal talent with the tools and knowledge to excel in the legal profession. 

The LCLD Fellows Program emphasizes substantive programming, leadership development, and relationship building for diverse attorneys with ten years or more of practice experience. This year, the LCLD selected Partner Lakshmi A. Muthu to participate in the Fellows Program.

The Pathfinders Program provides regional programming, professional networking, and career development strategies for diverse attorneys with three-to-seven years of practice experience.  Two Associates, Roxanne M. Eastes and M. Paige Valeski were chosen by the LCLD to participate in the Pathfinders Program.

Young Conaway is proud to support the efforts of the LCLD which uses its resources and influence to promote positive change in the legal community. As part of LCLD’s Leaders at the Front initiative, Vice-Chair and Partner Michael Nestor created a Leader’s Pledge detailing his personal and organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. He has encouraged others, both within the firm and Delaware’s legal community, to participate in these programs.

“I am excited for the opportunities that await Lakshmi, Roxanne, and Paige,” said Mike. “Young Conaway will continue to grow and achieve our organizational initiatives by implementing the DEI best practices that our participants learn throughout these critically important LCLD programs.  Their future contributions and leadership will necessarily help promote social justice and racial equity within the Delaware bar.”


Lakshmi A. Muthu focuses her practice on corporate litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery.  Clients and co-counsel look to Ms. Muthu for her knowledge of Delaware corporate law and procedure as well as Delaware eDiscovery practices. She regularly represents clients involved in corporate governance disputes, contractual disputes, and expedited challenges to transactions. Ms. Muthu is a former law clerk to The Honorable Kathaleen St. Jude McCormick of the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware.  Ms. Muthu earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins University.

Roxanne M. Eastes focuses her practice on bankruptcy litigation and guiding debtors through contentious issues.  Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Ms. Eastes has the ability to examine complex legal issues from a different perspective often providing creative solutions to clients. Ms. Eastes joined Young Conaway following a clerkship at the Superior Court with The Honorable Jeffrey J Clark.  She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from University of Richmond School of Law and a Bachelor of Philosophy, cum laude, from University of Stellenbosch. Ms. Eastes is fluent in English and Afrikaans and proficient in German. She is admitted to practice in Delaware and New York. 

M. Paige Valeski focuses her practice on corporate litigation issues in the Delaware Court of Chancery.  She has worked on cases involving corporate stock appraisal, books and records demands, and contractual disputes. Ms. Valeski has also participated in advising a special litigation committee on issues of corporate law. Before joining Young Conaway, Paige served as law clerk to the Honorable James T. Vaughn, Jr. of the Delaware Supreme Court, after having served as Justice Vaughn’s Josiah Oliver Wolcott Fellow in her final year of law school. Ms. Valeski earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from Widener University Delaware Law School and her Bachelor of Science from University of Delaware.