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. Corporate Counsel Announces Its 2018 National Women in Law Honorees

Corporate Counsel, 8/13/18

Ten members of the LCLD community received National Women in Law Awards for advancing the empowerment of women in the legal profession.  

2. Diversity Initiative Names ‘Certified’ Firms for Women, Minority Leadership

The American Lawyer, 8/20/18

Thirty LCLD Member firms are among the 41 “Mansfield Certified” firms, meaning that at least 30 percent of their candidate pools for leadership roles, equity partner promotions, and senior lateral positions are comprised of women or minorities. 

3. How One Firm Moved the Needle on Disability Inclusion 

Law360, 8/14/18

By revising interview practices, partnering with national disability organizations, and making concerted recruitment efforts, LCLD Member firm Reed Smith has grown its percentage of attorneys with disabilities and has a robust, 60-member affinity group that provides ongoing feedback and support. 

4. Want that A in Law School? It Helps if Your Professor Looks Like You, 8/8/18

First-year law students are 3 percent less likely to get an A or A- in a class taught by a professor of the opposite sex, and 10 percent less likely to achieve top grades when the professor is a different race.

5. Managers Play Significant Role in Creating Diverse Teams 

Society for Human Resource Management, 8/17/18

The diversity of managers engaged in their organization’s hiring process has a direct impact on the diversity of their hires, according to a recent workplace diversity study. 

6. How Sexism Follows Women from the Cradle to the Workplace 

The New York Times, 8/19/18

The level of sexism in the state where a women is born can impact her lifelong earnings, regardless of where she lives and works as an adult, according to recent research.