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. Wilson Measures Success One Life at a Time

The National Law Journal, 9/1/17

“Can we inspire others and offer hope to others?” asks Ben Wilson, LCLD Member and Chairman of Beveridge & Diamond, PC. “Otherwise, it’s just another story about just another lawyer who had a good career and made money. Hopefully life is more than that.” 

2. #ImLovinIt: Fellows Experience McDonald’s from Burgers to Boardroom

LCLD Communications, 9/12/17

This summer, 35 LCLD Fellows visited the Oak Brook, Illinois, headquarters of McDonald’s Corporation to learn about the company’s global business, history, and vision for the future—and, of course, to eat.

3. How a Top Law Firm Got Away with Paying Women Less

Bloomberg Big Law Business, 9/5/17

“For a profession dedicated to lofty concepts such as ‘equal protection’ and ‘due process,’ the practice of law has allowed unequal treatment of women to fester for decades.” A 2016 survey of top law firms found male partners made 44 percent more on average than their female counterparts. 

4. Trump Has Nominated 42 U.S. Attorneys So Far. Only One is a Woman.

Buzzfeed News, 9/10/17

In addition to the lack of gender diversity among nominated U.S. Attorneys, 25 of President Trump’s first 29 nominees are white men. 

5. Gender Analytics: Using Litigation Data to Evaluate Law Firm Diversity

Patently-O, 9/6/17

Headcount alone is not an accurate representation of a law firm’s diversity; measuring court appearances, for example, can be more indicative of a firm’s commitment to inclusion. 

6. OpEd: Good News for Young Strivers: Networking is Overrated

The New York Times, 8/24/17

The problem lies in the way we think about “networking,” writes Adam Grant. The breadth and depth of our networks are what make an impact—and those powerful networks don’t have to be achieved through traditional mixing and mingling.