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. Legal Industry ‘Hackathon’ Awards Ideas for Combating Bias, Promoting Diversity, 11/5/18

The winning idea at this year’s hackathon was an app that delivers small nudges to interrupt implicit bias in the talent development cycle. LCLD Member firms McDermott Will & EmeryO’Melveny & MyersHunton Andrews Kurth, and Cooley were represented on the winning team. 

2. Why the Widest Pay Gap Persists in the Best-Paying Industries 

Fortune, 10/8/18

In the legal field, men earn 24 percent more, on average, than women, according to a report from the American Association of University Women. “With more women assuming the role of primary breadwinners in their families, the gender wage gap hurts everyone: kids, families, communities, and societies as a whole,” writes the CEO of AAUW.  

3. 2018 ChIPs Honor Roll Firms 

ChIPs, 10/30/18

LCLD Member firms Brooks Kushman P.C. and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP received the top score on the 2018 ChIPs Honor Roll, which recognizes law firms that are proactively tracking and supporting inclusion initiatives.

4. The Hidden Power of Employee Resource Groups

CNN Business, 11/1/18

Employee resource groups do the critical work of connecting employees of similar backgrounds and experiences. But they can also be an important tool for promoting diversity organization-wide.  

5. We Need to Talk More About Mental Health at Work

Harvard Business Review, 11/1/18

“Along with employee assistance programs, conversation and education are fundamental if our goal is to increase understanding and reduce stigma around mental health,” writes Morra Aarons-Meles, Founder of Women Online.