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. Careers of Newest LCLD Board Members Show Deep Commitment to Diversity 

LCLD Communications, 7/16/18

LCLD welcomes Marie Oh Huber, General Counsel for eBayLouise Pentland, Chief Legal Officer for PayPal, and Kim Rivera, Chief Legal Officer for HP Inc. to its Board of Directors.  

2. How This Fortune 500 GC Is Strengthening Her Law Firm Panel Relationships

The American Lawyer, 7/17/18

“Throughout the process, there were times when it felt easier to let innovation and diversity go by the wayside… If we hadn’t been so incredibly intentional about this, I’m confident our panel would not have embodied these principles,” writes Verona Dorch, LCLD Member and Chief Legal Officer at Peabody Energy, of her experience creating a roster of outside counsel.

3. ACC Study Says Outside the US, Gender Pay Gap for Women In-House Lawyers Widens 

Corporate Counsel, 7/11/18

The median total compensation for female general counsel is 78 percent of that earned by their male peers. But the gap appears to be lessening—the disparity among GCs who received a law degree after 2010 is less than half of the gap among GCs who graduated before 2000.  

4. The Cost to Law Firms of Ignoring Harmful Workplace Behavior 

The American Lawyer, 7/9/18

A recent survey conducted by the Massachusetts Bar Association found that “unchecked power imbalances” were a significant contributor in inappropriate behaviors: “In the vast majority of responses, the incidents described happened to associates or to others in the firm who were young or in a subordinate role.” 

5. How to Challenge Ourselves to Grow as Allies 

Medium, 6/30/18

“Allies recognize and define the boundaries of their comfort zone, and then find ways to stretch those boundaries and stretch themselves,” writes Corey Ponder, creator of the #AllyChallenge, which offers 21 actions anyone can take to become a better ally.

6. As More New Dads Get Paternity Leave, Companies Push Them to Take It 

The Wall Street Journal, 7/11/18

More than half of men fear using parental leave benefits will be seen as a lack of commitment to their jobs; companies like LCLD Member organization Facebook are taking extra steps to encourage fathers to take time off.