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. What’s Working: Mandate Diversity, Encourage Collaboration

LCLD Communications

LCLD Member organization HP Inc. has taken a bold stance on diversity, withholding up to 10 percent of billables from firms that fail to meet certain diversity requirements. 

2. Thomson Reuters D&I Index Reveals 2017 Top 100 Most Diverse & Inclusive Organizations Globally

Markets Insider, 10/10/17

The D&I Index ranks publicly traded companies on 24 metrics. The following LCLD Member organizations were among the top 10: Gap, Accenture, Eli Lilly, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Procter & Gamble.  

3. Demanding Diversity: Corporate GCs as a Catalyst for Change

The Legal Intelligencer, 10/6/17 

General counsel can bolster diversity across the profession by communicating clear diversity expectations, demanding and scrutinizing reliable data, and holding firms accountable. 

4. In Shift, Justice Department Says Law Doesn’t Bar Transgender Discrimination

The New York Times, 10/5/17

The Department of Justice has been ordered to take the position that transgender people are not protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—a reversal from the previous administration’s stance and the current view of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.