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. Companies Use Diversity Data to Hold Law Firms Accountable

Bloomberg Law, 4/3/17

Corporate demands for diversity from outside counsel are part of a “more analytical, data-driven approach to understanding how to develop a more diverse talent pool,” says LCLD President Robert Grey. Facebook, Inc. is just one of several LCLD Member corporations pressuring law firms for more diversity.  

2. Modern Counsel Puts Fellows in the Spotlight

Modern Counsel, Spring Issue

LCLD Fellows Mackenzie Phillips shares her thoughts on diversity on the cover of Modern Counsel, while Member and Fellow Chad Walker discusses his approach to relationships at Morton Salt.

3. Rise in Hate Crimes, Divisive Rhetoric Prompts Bar Groups to Act

ABA Journal, 4/1/17

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association has released a hate-crime toolkit for attorneys and bar associations, announced NAPABA President and 2011 Fellow Cyndie Chang.

4. Pathfinder Program Welcomes Record-Setting Class of 2017

LCLD, 3/29/17

A record number of LCLD Pathfinders – 147 diverse attorneys from 97 LCLD Member organizations – begin their LCLD journey this month.

5. William T. Coleman Jr., Who Broke Racial Barriers in Court and Cabinet, Dies at 96

The New York Times, 3/31/17

Remembering the life and impact of lawyer and civil rights activist William T. Coleman Jr. 

6. Underestimate Harvard’s New Admissions Strategy at Your Own Risk, 3/30/17

Harvard Law School’s move to accept GRE scores signals a shift toward inclusion in legal education and the profession – one that other law schools are likely to emulate, writes past LCLD speaker William Henderson.