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. Working In-House with a Disability 

Corporate Counsel, 2/3/17

LCLD Member organizations Baker & Hostetler and Microsoft Corp. are among those working to remove workplace barriers for lawyers with disabilities. 

2. Here Are Portland’s Most Diverse Law Firms

Portland Business Journal, 2/2/17

LCLD Member firm K&L Gates LLP was ranked the No. 1 most diverse law firm in Portland; 36 percent of partners are minorities and 27 percent are women. 

3. If You’re Upset by Islamophobia, Here Are Two Things You Can Do

LinkedIn, 2/3/17

Offer support to your Muslim friends and colleagues and be honest about difficult feelings, says LCLD program speaker Ritu Bhasin.

4. What It Costs When Talent Walks out the Door

The American Lawyer, 2/1/17

Replacing female lawyers takes three months longer and costs 10-20 percent more than replacing male lawyers, providing more evidence that retention programs can be a good investment for firms.

5. Study Finds Only Modest Gains by Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 Boards

The New York Times, 2/5/17

“With the current rate of progress, we aren’t likely to see the number of minorities and women increase to our target of 40 percent representation until the year 2026,” says the Chairman of the Alliance for Board Diversity. 

6. Wall Street Diversifies Itself

The Atlantic, 2/8/17

Sponsorship and innovation have helped increase diversity among those working with exchange-traded funds, despite the persisting homogeneity of the financial services industry as a whole. 

7. Diversity Doesn’t Stick Without Inclusion

Harvard Business Review, 2/1/17

Inclusive leaders, authenticity, and networking that promotes visibility can help organizations move beyond just improving diversity statistics to building a truly inclusive culture.