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. Walmart Increases Access to Legal Education through Partnership with Council on Legal Education Opportunity 

Walmart, 7/31/18

“We are helping ensure that law students have the funds and resources needed to build long-lasting careers,” says Karen Roberts, LCLD Board Member and General Counsel of Walmart, of the company’s $100,000 grant to help minority and low-income students attend law school. 

2. In-House Counsel Must Do Better at Pushing Diversity at External Counsel 

Thomson Reuters, 8/1/18

“If a firm arrives with a slate that lacks diversity, the meeting, unfortunately, comes to an early end,” says P.D. Villarreal, Head of Litigation at LCLD Member corporation GlaxoSmithKline, detailing the company’s efforts to improve diversity among outside counsel. 

3. Closing the Wage Gap on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is a Win for Us All 

Forbes, 8/7/18

This year, Black Women’s Equal Pay Day fell on August 7; this means that, given the current pay gap, black women have to work an additional 200 days to make what white men earn in a year. 

4. LISTEN: Why Opening Up at Work is Harder for Minorities 

Harvard Business Review, 8/7/18

Many minorities fear they’ll be judged for sharing personal details at work; but that lack of openness can hurt their chances for advancement, says Katherine Phillips, professor at Columbia Business School.  

5. The Cognitive Biases Tricking Your Brain

The Atlantic, September 2018 

Author Ben Yagoda explores the many kinds of cognitive biases and the competing schools of thought on how people can learn to undo or override them.