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. LCLD Fellows Hosted by One of Their Own: Chad Walker of Morton Salt

LCLD Communications, 9/28/17

2012 Fellow Chad Walker, now General Counsel and LCLD Member at Morton Salt, shared insights and advice with Fellows at a Learning Experience last month. 

2. Seyfarth Appoints Laura Maechtlen as Chair of Labor & Employment Department

Seyfarth Shaw, 10/2/17

2011 Fellow Laura Maechtlen, who leads Seyfarth Shaw’s diversity efforts, is now Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Department. Laura will also be speaking at LCLD’s upcoming Annual Membership Meeting

3. Program Helps Law Firms See Progress in Gender Diversity—But Is It Enough?

ABA Journal, October 2017

“Despite constant scrutiny, hand-wringing, and the passage of time, the legal field remains one of the worst industries for diversity—gender and otherwise.” Yet a few firms are making progress—including LCLD Member organizations Sidley Austin; Katten Muchin Rosenman; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; and Davis Wright Tremaine

4. Diversity Isn’t Just About Justice. It’s About Helping Us Make Better Decisions.

The Washington Post, 9/28/17

“The best team of people to carry out a complex task will not necessarily be the people who score best at any particular test,” says Scott Page, author and professor of political science. “It should instead be a team of people with different cognitive toolboxes and bases of knowledge to draw upon.” 

5. What Science Says About Identifying High-Potential Employees

Harvard Business Review, 10/3/17

Research suggests people who are highly able, socially skilled, and driven have the best chance of succeeding as leaders who can maximize their organizations’ returns.