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.

If you have questions about the Digest, articles you'd like to share, of if you would like to subscribe, please email Communications Specialist Caitlin Puffenberger at

1. Lifting Up Women at Work 

The Clorox Company, 3/7/17

Partnerships among companies, law firms, and communities are critical to advancing gender equality, writes Laura Stein, LCLD Board Chair and Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The Clorox Company

2. Young Lawyers Demand More Feedback, Firms Deliver

The Legal Intelligencer, 5/12/17

LCLD Member firms Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Reed Smith LLP, Cozen O’Connor P.C., and Blank Rome LLP are changing their feedback models to better support associates. 

3. “We Can’t Walk Away from This Truth”

The Atlantic, 5/23/17

“Because we are one nation, not two; indivisible with liberty and justice for all, not some,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on the removal of four of the city’s Confederate monuments. 

4. OpEd: The Case for Xenophilia

The New York Times, 5/19/17

“Despite the current mood against globalization and immigrants in Europe and the United States, the vast bulk of the world remains staggeringly hospitable,” writes Paul Salopek on his trek (on foot) through volatile regions.
LCLD Communications Director Don Belt spoke about Salopek’s walk at LCLD’s 2015 Leadership Summit. 

5. How We Closed the Gap Between Men’s and Women’s Retention Rates

Harvard Business Review, 5/19/17

At one consulting firm, women cited lack of mentorship and feedback as a greater reason for leaving than work-life balance issues; teaching managers to make deliberate investments in work relationships improved their female retention and promotion rates.