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. Middle Market Proves Top Prospect for Many Am Law Firms 

The American Lawyer, 12/4/17

Russell Gertmenian, LCLD Member and Chair of Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, shares how his firm has had success with mid-market corporations—primarily through an emphasis on relationships. 

2. Fish & Richardson’s Kristine McKinney Receives 2018 “Diversity Leader” Award

Fish & Richardson, 11/30/17

Kristine McKinney, Chief Professional Development Officer at Fish & Richardson, P.C., is recognized for driving the firm’s diversity strategy and achieving business success through diversity. 

3. Q&A With Microsoft’s Law Firm Diversity Program Top Performer

Military Technologist, 11/30/17

“When companies like Microsoft make it clear that they factor diversity and inclusion in their hiring efforts, and will reward performance, it changes the way firms approach the work and the issue,” says a partner from LCLD Member firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

4. Bay Area Hits Diversity Milestone with 100 Asian-American GCs, But More Work Remains

The Recorder, 11/30/17

In just six years, the San Francisco Bay Area has gone from about 30 Asian-American general counsel to more than 100—but many still face challenges like stereotyping and lack of networks.

5. GC Compensation is Up, as the Gender Gap Lives On

Corporate Counsel, 11/30/17

Total compensation for male general counsel was 17.5 percent higher than for women in 2016, while bonuses were 31 percent higher.