Compiled for the LCLD Board of Directors every Wednesday, this digest is designed to brief you on the latest headlines about LCLD Members and organizations, as well as thought-provoking articles on diversity in the legal profession, talent development, mentoring, and leadership. Past issues of the Digest are also archived on the LCLD web site.

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1. Time Has Been Up: Why Your Firm Shouldn’t Just Be ‘Talking’ About Diversity and Inclusion 

Harvard Business Review, 2/19/18

Support from the top, access to opportunities that can lead to promotion, active mentoring programs, and participation in organizations like LCLD are a few ways firms can take real action on diversity, writes Jessica Mazzeo, Chief Operating Officer and LCLD diversity contact at Griesing Law.

2. Want to Increase Diversity in Your Law Firm? Here’s How

BridgeTower Media, 2/23/18

“Hunton & Williams has used internship programs as an opportunity to invest in the best and brightest, to give them the opportunity to work early, fall in love, and stay,” says Rudene Haynes, 2011 Fellow and Hiring Partner at LCLD Member firm Hunton & Williams. Other firms cite participation in LCLD as a way to help attorneys gain networks and training the firm alone can’t provide.

3. Beating the Odds: What Black Women Know About Getting to the Top

Harvard Business Review, March issue

A study of African-American women in the C-suite found that their success stories had two things in common: each woman relied on a strong personal capacity for resilience and built relationships with people who recognized and helped her develop her talent.

4. Women in Leadership: Surmounting Barriers and Bias

Chief Learning Officer, 2/27/18

According to a recent study, 82 percent of organizations believe advancing women is a critical business issue—yet only 28 percent of human resources leaders are satisfied with their organization’s ability to do so. 

5. For Many Midsize Law Firms in New York, Diversity Remains Elusive

New York Law Journal, 2/22/18

Among midsize law firms in New York, 92 percent of top management is white—despite the fact that 97 percent of firms have active diversity committees and 82 percent have diversity mentorship programs.