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. Women’s In-House Counsel Leadership Institute Announces Horizon Award Winners

PR Newswire, 6/8/17

Ivan Fong, LCLD Member and General Counsel of 3M Company, was honored as “a visionary male general counsel who has worked tirelessly to help women advance in the profession.” 

2. Partners from Minority Groups Still Lack ‘Critical Mass’ to Boost Diversity

LatinLawyer, 6/9/17

LCLD Fellows Valeria Chapa and Barack Echols and Diversity Professional Felipe Paez discuss the diversity and inclusion challenges faced by Latin American lawyers at the New York City Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion conference. 

3. Law Firms Adopt Policy to Promote Women and Minorities

Bloomberg Big Law, 6/7/17

A variation on the Rooney Rule, the Mansfield Rule states that women and minorities must make up 30 percent of the candidate pools for leadership positions, equity partner promotions, and outside hires. Of the 30 participating firms, 24 are LCLD Member organizations.

4. 150 Executives Commit to Fostering Diversity and Inclusion

New York Times, 6/12/17

The CEOs of 150 companies have pledged to encourage workplace discussions around diversity and inclusion, implement and expand unconscious bias education, and share both best and unsuccessful practices. Twenty-six of the participating CEOs represent LCLD Member corporations.
Read more about CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion here.


5. OpEd: A Celebration of Black Lawyers, Past and Present

The New Yorker, 6/7/17

“I am of the belief that in order to change a nation you must of course change hearts and minds, but you must also change the laws. And to change the laws you need good lawyers,” said civil rights activist Vernon Jordan upon receiving the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession’s Award for Global Leadership.