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. Partnership Classes Are Shrinking, Hampering Advancement and Diversity 

The American Lawyer, 2/5/19

As partner classes shrink, so do the percentages of women and minorities among new partners; trends like an increased focus on origination credit and growing lateral hires also harm chances of partnership for diverse lawyers.

2. Research: When Gender Diversity Makes Firms More Productive

Harvard Business Review, 2/11/19

The data suggest that for diversity efforts to succeed, workers have to buy into the value of diversity, not just learn to follow rules about it.

3. Facebook, eBay and 5 Other Tech Companies Partner With Firms for Diversity Pipeline Program

Corporate Counsel, 2/12/19

Seven Silicon Valley companies and twelve firms, including many LCLD Members, are joining forces for a 2019 summer internship program similar to 1L Scholars partnerships, for law students from underrepresented backgrounds. Students will split a 10-week internship between a legal department and a firm.

4. Diversity in the 'man cave': Boardrooms gain women as minorities lag

Reuters, 2/13/19

In America’s corporate boardrooms, diversity is making uneven progress: Women increasingly are pulling up a chair while racial and ethnic minorities rarely get seats at the table.

5. Committed to Increasing Gender Diversity on Your Board? Here’s How to Make it Happen.

Harvard Business Review, 2/18/19

Data suggests that corporate directors largely believe that more diversity on their boards is important. Here are five steps to ensure that happens.

6. The Six Signature Traits of Inclusive Leadership

Deloitte Insights (archive)

Understanding and being adept at inclusive leadership will help leaders thrive in their increasingly diverse environment.