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. What’s Working: Integrate Affinity Groups and Organizational Culture

LCLD Communications, 2/5/18

Many organizations use affinity groups to provide networking and support for women and minorities. LCLD Member firm Schiff Hardin’s New Moms Group offers a look at how groups can impact organizational culture, and vice versa. 

2. Adobe Pairs with Firms for Split-Summer 1L Internship

The American Lawyer, 2/12/18

“I’m usually trying to push the boundaries for ways we can partner and advance common interests with firm,” said Lisa Konie, Senior Director of Legal Operations at Adobe, of the company’s partnership with Perkins Coie LLP on LCLD’s 1L Scholars Program

3. Fish & Richdardson’s DJ Healey on Practicing Law as a Transgender Trailblazer

Texas Lawyer, 2/2/18

“To the extent people thought the door was locked to trans people in the legal community, it’s not locked. But that doesn’t say that it’s easy to get through,” says D.J. Healey, a lawyer at LCLD Member firm Fish & Richardson on transitioning mid-career. 

4. Do Women’s Networking Events Move the Needle on Equality?

Harvard Business Review, 2/13/18

Attending women’s conferences makes women feel more empowered and connected, but it also has more tangible benefits: attendees are twice as likely to be promoted and three times as likely to get a pay increase as women who don’t attend. 

5. A Third of CLOs Fired Outside Counsel in 2017, and That Number’s Set to Rise

Corporate Counsel, 2/8/18

Members of the Association of Corporate Counsel are being more assertive about the level of diversity they require from outside counsel—and letting go of firms that don’t meet their expectations. 

6. 4 Ways to Build an Innovative Team

Harvard Business Review, 2/13/18

“By creating a homogenous team, you are almost guaranteeing that the best answers will be found somewhere else. Instead of looking for comfort, you should be creating an environment where people expect to have their perspectives challenged by someone who looks, talks, and thinks differently,” writes author Greg Satell.