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. Urgent DACA Legislation is Both an Economic Imperative and Humanitarian Necessity 

Microsoft on the Issues, 9/5/17

“The Dreamers are part of our nation’s fabric,” writes Brad Smith, LCLD Immediate Past Chair and President of Microsoft Corp. “They belong here… If Dreamers who are [Microsoft] employees are in court, we will be by their side.” Brad also spoke with NPR here.

2. Open Letter from Leaders of American Industry on DACA


As of September 6, the CEOs of 14 LCLD Member corporations had called on President Trump and Congressional leadership to protect DACA recipients. Signatories to the letter include: Adobe Systems; AT&T; Exelon; Facebook; Google; Hewlett Packard Enterprise; HP Inc.; Microsoft; PayPal; Starbucks; United Airlines; Viacom; Wells Fargo; Willis Towers Watson.

3. In-House Chiefs at GE, P&G Elected as Fellows to Governance College

Inside Counsel, 9/1/17

LCLD Members Deborah Majoras, Chief Legal Officer of The Procter & Gamble Co., and Alex Dimitrief, General Counsel of General Electric Co., have been elected to the American College of Governance Counsel. 

4. A Case for Letting Associates Drive Technology Advances in Law Firms

The American Lawyer, 8/31/17

Over the last six years, LCLD Member firm Bryan Cave LLP has been working with a group of 50 associates to disrupt the firm’s use of technology. 

5. How Law Firms Are Adapting to Meet Millennials’ Needs and Why That’s Good for Clients

The American Lawyer, 8/28/17

“As Millennials enter and rise through the ranks of Big Law, they’re exposing the inefficiencies of its structures” – particularly in areas like feedback processes, efficiency, and social impact. 

6. Why Banning Questions About Salary History May Not Improve Pay Equity

Harvard Business Review, 9/5/17

Women who were asked about their salary history and declined to answer were offered less than those who did disclose; men who did not disclose their previous salary were offered more than those who did. A better solution may lie in changing the hiring and negotiation process.