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. A Conversation with Benjamin Wilson, Pioneer of Diversity and Inclusion 

Washington Lawyer, February 2017

Ben Wilson, LCLD Board Member and Managing Principal of Beveridge & Diamond PC, speaks about his personal commitment to diversity, and how the legal profession provides unique opportunities to promote inclusion. 

2. HP, Mandating Diversity, Will Withhold Fees from Some Firms

Corporate Counsel, 2/13/17

LCLD Member corporation HP Inc. will begin withholding legal fees from outside counsel that don't meet certain diversity requirements, said LCLD Member and Chief Legal Officer Kim Rivera.

3. GE Asks, ‘What if Female Scientists Were Celebrities?’

Business Insider, 2/8/17

LCLD Member corporation General Electric announced its commitment to place 20,000 women in technical roles by 2020 with an ad that asks, “What if female scientists were celebrities?” 

4. Study: Law School Aid Likely to Go to White Students

Insider Higher Ed, 2/9/17

Nearly 80 percent of law school scholarships are awarded based on merit, rather than financial need, and they go primarily to white students with college-educated parents.

5. Black, Latino Two-Parent Families Have Half the Wealth of White Single Parents

NPR CodeSwitch, 2/8/17

“Family structure does not drive inequality, and racial inequality persists regardless of family structure,” write the authors of a new study on the racial wealth gap. 

6. The History the Slaveholders Wanted Us to Forget

New York Times, 2/4/17

“There was nothing empty or blank about [Africa] except the willful forgetting by the Western world, after the onset of the slave trade, of Africa’s long and fascinating history,” writes Henry Louis Gates Jr.