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. OpEd: Making a Goal Line Stand for Legal Aid 

Bloomberg Law, 3/15/17

“How can a country built on [the rule of law] ultimately fulfill its promise to its citizens if all are not able to fairly access the legal system?” writes former LCLD Member Stephen Poor, Chairman Emeritus of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. 

2. Diversity (and Change) Requires Top Down and Bottoms Up

LinkedIn, 3/21/17

Senior executives need to lead by example, but also “make it safe for the rest of the company to take the hard steps needed to implement change,” writes lawyer and tech executive Mallun Yen. 

3. How to Break Up the Silicon Valley Boys’ Club

Vanity Fair, 3/16/17

“I hope this is the year in which CEOs decide to take gender equality personally, give underrepresented groups the support they need, and use their positions to elevate more diverse leaders,” writes YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki. 

4. How to Con Black Law Students: A Case Study

The New York Times, 3/20/17

First generation African American students too often lack the networks and resources to succeed in postgraduate education.   

5. How One Law Measurably Lifted the Status of Women in India

Harvard Business Review, 3/16/17

A 1993 amendment to India’s constitution that mandated female representation in politics has helped reduce the preference for male children in rural areas – simply by making powerful women more visible.