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. Honeywell’s Madden Tackles Privacy, Diversity in 2017 

New Jersey Law Journal, 6/11/18

“Since becoming General Counsel, I have focused on our commitment to have an inclusive and diverse culture which enables our employees to collaborate and innovate more effectively to meet the needs of our customers around the world,” says Anne Madden, LCLD Member and General Counsel of Honeywell. 

2. How Design Thinking Can Help Tackle Gender Bias in the Workplace

Deloitte, 5/16/18

“Design thinking can be a powerful way to unearth and address previously hidden obstacles to women’s recruitment, retention, and advancement, driving the growth of an inclusive workplace culture that supports and empowers all employees.” 

3. Simpson Thacher Launches New Associate Training Program 

The American Lawyer, 6/5/18

LCLD Member firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is partnering with Columbia Business School to help associates gain additional business and financial literacy skills, as well as exposure to different practice areas and a better understanding of client engagement. 

4. We Need an Open Dialogue on Mental Health in the Law 

The American Lawyer, 6/1/18

A survey circulated by The American Lawyer’s Young Lawyer Editorial Board found that roughly 50 percent of attorneys feel their legal career has adversely affected their mental health, and 79 percent would not feel comfortable seeking support from their law firm if they were suffering from a mental health concern. 

5. Growing the Ranks of Women Partners from the Outside

Texas Lawyer, 6/5/18

The growing number of female general counsel doesn’t just mean increased diversity in corporate legal departments—it can impact gender diversity at law firms, too. 

6. After 50 Years of ‘Asian American,’ Advocates Say the Term is ‘More Essential Than Ever’

NBC, 5/31/18

Experts discuss the history of the term “Asian American,” and how it has been used both to reduce and to unify diverse groups of people.