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. Relationships, IBM's Secret to Building Strong Female Leaders

Chief Learning Officer, 1/4/17

Designed to encourage high potential women in their personal and professional goals, LCLD Member corporation IBM’s Building Relationships and Influence program has led to a 20 percent increase in the number of women in executive roles. 

2. Goodwin Expands Diversity Fellowship Program for Law Students

Business Wire, 1/6/17

To reach a greater number of diverse law students, LCLD Member firm Goodwin Procter LLP has expanded its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program and added a program for 2Ls. 

3. NALP Report on Law Firm Diversity Highlights ‘Incredibly Slow Pace of Change’

ABA Journal, 1/4/17

Minimal increases in the percentage of diverse partners “underscore that retention and promotion remain the primary challenges” for law firms, says NALP Executive Director James Leipold. 

4. A Fix for Gender Bias in Health Care? Check.

The New York Times, 1/11/17

Johns Hopkins doctors are using structured decision-making principles to counteract biases after studies showed that implicit bias led to different (and sometimes harmful) treatment of female patients. 

5. Law Students Performed 2.2 Million Pro Bono Hours Last Year

The National Law Journal, 1/5/17

Students at 80 American law schools performed $52 million worth of pro bono work in 2016, according to the Association of American Law Schools.