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. Bridging Diversity to the Legal Profession

BridgeTower Media, 2/27/18

LCLD President Robert Grey, 2018 Fellow Kimberly Gatling (Smith Moore Leatherwood), and 2017 Fellow Jovita Foster (Armstrong Teasdale) speak about the ways organizations can break down barriers to inclusion at all levels.

2. Perkins Coie Chief Diversity Office on Community Organizing and Diversifying the Legal Profession

Above the Law, 3/2/18

“Remember the shoulders you stand upon—people who dreamed of you and knew they would not live to see you in a law school classroom… Prove them right by your excellence in everything you do,” says Theresa Cropper, Chief Diversity Officerat Perkins Coie.

3. Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Announces 2018 Fellows

PR Web, 2/28/18

The latest class of LCLD Fellows is the largest ever, with 293 attorneys participating; this weekend, as 2018 Fellows met for the first time, the 2017 Fellows finished their program year and joined the ranks of more than 1,200 Fellows Alumni. 

4. You’re in the Room, Now What? 7 More Board Diversity Arguments for In-House Counsel

“As key decision makers and influencers in close proximity to company leadership, in-house counsel are well positioned to lead the charge for more diverse boards,” writes Olga Mack, a professor at Berkeley Law School and Founder of Women Serve on Boards. 

5. Diversity and Authenticity: Why Black Employees Hesitate to Open Up About Themselves

Harvard Business Review, March 2018

“Opening yourself to others requires risk taking and trust, but without it employees are less likely to build the deeper relationships that lead both to success and to more happiness at work,” say researchers Tracy Dumas and Nancy Rothbard.  

6. Woman Behind ‘Inclusion Rider’ Explains Frances McDormand’s Oscar Speech

The Guardian, 3/5/18

Hollywood’s version of the Rooney Rule, an inclusion rider is a clause in an actor’s contract that requires a certain level of diversity among cast and crew on a given film.