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. LISTEN: How a Women-Based Business Law Firm is the Choice for Fortune 500 Companies and Small Businesses

The Growth Goal Podcast

LCLD Member Francine Griesing speaks about founding her own law firm, Griesing Law LLC, and the importance of LCLD’s collaborative mission to promote the advancement of women and minorities. 

2. Most Influential Minority Lawyers in Chicago 

Crain’s Chicago Business, December 2017

Ten of the 45 lawyers recognized are members of the LCLD community, including LCLD Founder Rick Palmore and seven Fellows. Click here to see the full list. 

3. Nixon Peabody Opens Tech Incubator for LGBTQ Entrepreneurs

ABA Journal, December 2017

LCLD Member firm Nixon Peabody LLP is providing free development and legal advice to LGBTQ entrepreneurs, particularly in the tech sector, through the StartOut Growth Lab. 

4. ABA is ‘Greatly Concerned’ About Low Percentage of Female and Minority U.S. Attorney Candidates

ABA Journal, 12/11/17

“Our failure to achieve a diverse justice system despite the ever-increasing multiculturalism of our nation invites a crisis in public confidence,” writes ABA President Hilarie Bass in a letter to the Attorney General addressing the lack of diversity among U.S. attorney candidates. 

5. Sexual Harassment Training Doesn’t Work. But Some Things Do.

The New York Times, 12/11/17

Trainings that focus on empowering bystanders and encouraging civility, as well as reducing gender inequality across the board, are more effective at decreasing sexual harassment than traditional liability-focused training.  

6. Being a Doctor is Hard. It’s Harder for Women.  

The New York Times, 12/7/17

Many of the challenges facing female physicians—from bias to outdated training structures to unequal distribution of household responsibilities—are similar to those faced by female lawyers. And as in the legal profession, there’s a lot on the line.