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. LCLD Members Support Legal Aid

Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyer, March 2017 

Representatives from 116 LCLD Member organizations urged Congress in two separate letters to continue supporting the Legal Services Corporation as a critical service that helps provide equal access to justice.

2. Corporate Departments are Taking the Lead in Creating a More Diverse Legal Industry

Forbes, 3/27/17

“The best hope for a more vibrant, diverse legal industry is that legal consumers like MetLife, Inc. lead by example – and leverage – to change the industry’s cultural stasis.”

3. Mark Roellig on Building a Successful and Diverse Company

ACC Docket, 3/23/17

“We demand diversity… It’s a brave new transparent world for the in-house group and for the general counsel,” says Mark Roellig, former LCLD Board Member and Chief Technology Officer at MassMutual Financial Group

4. Price Tag of North Carolina’s LGBT Law: $3.76 Billion

The Associated Press, 3/27/17

“The law limiting LGBT protections will cost [North Carolina] more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years,” according to an analysis by the Associated Press. 

5. The Three Things Best-in-Class Companies are Doing Today to Advance Women

The Huffington Post, 3/23/17

Successful strategies for advancing women include engagement of male leaders and strong accountability measures. 

6. A.I. Is Doing Legal Work. But It Won’t Replace Lawyers Yet.

The New York Times, 3/19/17

“Technology will unbundle aspects of legal work over the next decade or two rather than the next year or two,” legal and artificial intelligence experts say.