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. The Diversity Scorecard 

The American Lawyer, 5/24/17

Four LCLD Member firms are among the top 10 firms for diversity in The American Lawyer’s 2017 rankings. Member firms also ranked for percentage of minority partners and percentage of minority equity partners. 

2. Meet the GCs Who May Finally Move the Needle on Diversity

The American Lawyer, 5/24/17

The latest numbers show minimal growth in the percentage of minority lawyers at leading law firms, so general counsel at several major companies – including LCLD Member organizations HP Inc., Facebook, and MetLife – are taking firmer stances.

3. Is This How Discrimination Ends?

The Atlantic, 5/7/17

“Prejudice is a habit that can be broken” – that’s one of the foundations of the unconscious bias workshop developed by psychologists Will Cox and Patricia Devine that’s already seeing results. 

4. Why Pretending You Don’t See Race or Gender Is an Obstacle to Equality

Slate, 5/23/17

“If we believe that we’re blind to identity, that absolves us of any responsibility or imperative to reflect on ways that we might be bringing bias to the table,” says Colleen Ammerman, Director of the Gender Initiative at Harvard Business School. 

5. A Long-Lost Manuscript Contains a Searing Eyewitness Account of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

Smithsonian, 5/27/16

On this day in 1921, a racial massacre destroyed Tulsa, Oklahoma’s “Black Wall Street.” The eyewitness account of lawyer Buck Colbert Franklin brought the little-known to the national stage, and is now housed in the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
LCLD's 2017 Annual Membership Meeting Welcome Reception will be held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.