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. Christopher Pickett Honored by Missouri Lawyers Weekly

Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 8/22/18

“I do not want to be the only lawyer of color who is a shareholder. I want there to be multiple people able to do it. Internally, my goal is that we fundamentally change how the firm looks,” says 2013 Fellow Chris Pickett, who recently received Missouri Lawyers Media’s Diversity and Inclusion Award.

2. Inclusion Initiative Companies Spend More than $240 Million in 2017 on Minority and Women Owned Law Firms

Business Wire, 8/21/18

Since 2010, participating companies have spent more than $1.4 billion with minority and women owned law firms; 22 are LCLD Member organizations

3. Law Firm Innovators Share Stories of Change, 8/23/18

LCLD Member firms Orrick, Herrington & SutcliffeLittler Mendelson, and Troutman Sanders discuss the ways in which they drive innovation in a variety of areas. 

4. How Companies Make It Harder for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Employees to Achieve Work-Life Balance 

Harvard Business Review, 8/23/18

LGB employees face additional challenges around work-life balance, including feeling that their family “type” is less accepted than others, or uncertainty over taking advantage of family-related benefits, according to a recent study. 

5. The Case for ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and AAPI Representation in the Legal Profession 

Above the Law, 8/24/18

“When only 8 percent of leaders in your profession are people of color, you may start to believe that as a diverse attorney, you won’t be good enough to succeed in the law. Or worse yet, you don’t deserve to be in the profession at all,” writes Renwei Chung on the importance of representation. 

6. At Hedge Funds, Where Are the Women?

Wall Street Journal, 8/23/18

“Of the largest 50 U.S. hedge funds by assets under management, only two have women as their top investment executive… In that same group, half the investor-relations or marketing departments have female heads or co-heads.”