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. O’Melveny Could Set Trend with Law Student Cognitive Testing

Bloomberg Big Law Business, 11/23/18

LCLD Member firm O’Melveny & Myers will begin using a cognitive skills test to uncover biases and promote diversity among potential summer hires. 

2. 3M Becomes First In-House Department to Join ABA Initiative on Substance Abuse 

Corporate Counsel, 11/20/18

“Corporate counsel are no different from outside lawyers in dealing with depression, anxiety, and substance abuse,” says LCLD Member Ivan Fong, General Counsel of 3M. “We want to be proactive in responding to the increased pressure that we are all facing.” 

3. The Tech Industry Needs More Women. Apple’s Entrepreneur Camp is Hoping to Change That. 

Circa, 11/27/18

LCLD Member organization Apple is launching a two-week tutorial session for female entrepreneurs and programmers, in an effort to retain women in a male-dominated field. 

4. Why the Announcement of a Looming White Minority is More Complicated That it Sounds

The New York Times, 11/22/18

Census Bureau and other data make it clear that American society is growing more diverse; but with our concept of race constantly in flux, many demographers are calling for caution in interpreting the data. 

5. The Subtle Stressors Making Women Want to Leave Engineering

Harvard Business Review, 11/23/18

As in the legal field, female retention remains a persistent problem in engineering. Recent research shows that this is due to “subtle and not so subtle cues that women’s skills and work are not valued within the profession.”