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. Amazon Will Adopt a Rooney Rule to Increase Board Diversity 

ReCode, 5/14/18

Responding to employee concerns, LCLD Member organization Amazon will now include women and people of color in the candidate pool for all open board positions. 

2. In #MeToo Era, Linklaters Launches Hotline and Encourages Disclosures

The American Lawyer, 5/2/18

LCLD Member firm Linklaters is taking steps to prevent issues that may arise from relationships between colleagues in which one person can influence the “performance assessment, career progression, promotion work allocation, or remuneration of the other.”  

3. Lingering Gender Pay Gap Plagues U.S. In-House Counsel, Study Says 

Corporate Counsel, 5/8/18

Female general counsel make about 78 percent of the average total compensation made by their male peers, according to research from BarkerGilmore; the gap is slightly smaller at managing counsel and senior counsel levels. 

4. Why Great Employees Leave “Great Cultures” 

Harvard Business Review, 5/11/18

A strong organizational culture is one in which behaviors, systems, and practices are aligned with each other and with the organization’s values; but it’s easy for gaps to develop between those values and how they play out. 

5. The New Language of Protest 

The Washington Post, 5/19/18

Student activists define terms like cultural appropriation, microaggression, and safe space that have become part of the new civil rights lexicon.