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. LCLD Fellow to Represent District 

Tampa Bay Times, 11/6/18

Fentrice Driskell, 2014 Fellow and Shareholder at Carlton Fields, was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, defeating an incumbent to represent the 63rd district. 

2. Night of Firsts: Diverse Candidates Make History  

New York Times, 11/7/18

Following the November 6 election, the House of Representatives will include at least 100 women, an all-time high. Other firsts include Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the firm Muslim women in Congress; Sharice Davids and Debra Haaland, the first Native American women in Congress; Jared Polis, the first openly gay man elected governor of any state; and Veronica Escovar and Sylvia Garcia, the first Latinas to represent Texas in Congress. 

3. Diversity in Law Firm Management: Women in the C-Suite 

JD Supra, 11/1/18

“Law firms with significant numbers of women leaders have a far better chance of solving complex problems; it leads to increased innovation, and it drives financial growth,” says a recent report on evolving roles in the law firm C-suite. Leaders at LCLD Member firms Perkins CoieReed SmithBaker McKenzieJackson LewisSeyfarth Shaw, and Foley & Lardner weigh in.

4. Alternative Fee Arrangements for Outside Legal Counsel 


Kim Johnson, LCLD Member and Chair of Quarles & Brady LLP, and Jason Barnwell, 2016 Fellow and Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft, provide law firm and in-house perspectives on alternative fee arrangements. 

5. Why We Stereotype Strangers

The Wall Street Journal, 10/29/18

One critical way to overcome implicit bias is to develop a growth mindset: “A fixed minset says: ‘I am not racist or sexist,’” says social psychologist Dolly Chugh. “A growth mindset, which is open to change, says: ‘I know there is always room to grow in this area.’” 

6. CEOs Say They Want to Promote Women Yet Lack the Plans to Do So 

Bloomberg, 10/29/18

Only 40 percent of U.S. companies have action plans to advance women to senior leadership roles, says a new study of top human resources officers in the U.S. and Canada.