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. Pepsis Bigger Picture

Modern Counsel, June 2017

“At PepsiCo, diversity and engagement is not a special program; it is a way of doing business,” said Tony West, LCLD Member and General Counsel of PepsiCo

2. Distinguished Leaders: Ernest Greer, Greenberg Traurig

The Daily Report, 6/29/17

“The legal profession continues to lag in diversity, compared with other fields… I believe it is part of our job as community leaders to help level the playing field,” said Ernest Greer, LCLD Member and Co-President of Greenberg Traurig, LLP.  

3. New Kirkland Program Gets Lawyers Thinking About Career Goals, Going In-House

Corporate Counsel, 6/28/17

The “In-House Insider Experience” program at LCLD Member firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP helps attorneys gain both a better understanding of their current clients’ needs and the necessary skills for eventual in-house careers. 

4. The Top 10 Most Family-Friendly Law Firms of 2017

Above the Law, 6/28/17

All 10 of Yale Law Women’s most family-friendly firms are LCLD Member organizations. Firms were recognized for strong flex-time policies, family leave, and gender equity.

5. Herma Hill Kay, First Woman to Lead Berkeley Law Faculty, Dies at 82

New York Times, 7/2/17

“Her persistent effort for well over a half century has been to make what was once momentous no longer out of the ordinary – law faculties and student generations that reflect the full capacity, diversity, and talent of all of our nation’s peoples,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said of Kay. 

6. Getting the Most from Your Diversity Dollars

Boston Consulting Group, 6/21/17

A new report shows that the gender diversity initiatives male leaders think are successful – like one-time training sessions – do not always line up with the initiatives women actually value – like addressing unconscious bias, visibility of role models, and engaging male employees to promote diversity. 

7. Asian Law Students’ Experiences Vary Widely Depending on Nation of Origin, 6/27/17

Chinese law students had the highest median LSAT scores, while Vietnamese students had both the highest percentage of merit scholarships and the highest percentage of negative perception of their law school experience, according to the Law School Survey of Student Engagement.