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. "What Does It Take?" Admissions Scandal Is a Harsh Lesson in Racial Disparities

The New York Times, 3/13/19

Students at Ewing Marion Kauffman School, a predominantly black charter school in Kansas City, and at high schools across the country, were reminded by the nation’s largest admissions scandal that there is nothing equal about the process for being accepted to college. 

2. Diversity 2.0: The First Commandment Is Kindness

Forbes, 3/17/19

In most things, a little success inspires a little enthusiasm. But in the case of diversity, a little success can also produce contempt—and some of the foremost champions of diversity at times seem overwhelmed by the pushback. Here's how to persevere.

3. Meet Timothy Thomas Fortune, a Civil Rights Activist the History Books Forgot

The Atlantic, 2/22/19

Timothy Thomas Fortune isn’t a household name, but he had a profound influence. Born into slavery in Florida, Fortune was a newspaper editor, orator, and leader who spent most of his life advocating for the rights of black Americans.

4. Trust and Forgiveness Are Hallmarks of Great Places To Work

Fortune, 3/13/19

While any meaningful diversity and inclusion strategy starts with a clear accounting of where an organization is starting from—and where they want to go—the power move is transparency.

5. Study Shows 'Disheartening' Lack of Diversity at Legal Departments, Law Firms

Corporate Counsel, 3/15/19

A new study from Thomson Reuters and Acritas found that male in-house lawyers tend to hire male outside counsel by default, and pick women as lead partner in a mere 17 percent of cases. Only 29 percent of law departments require the law firms they work with to provide diversity information.

6. Three Things GCs and Labor Lawyers Need to Know About AI in Hiring

Legal Tech News, 3/14/19

Kelly Trindel, head of organizational science at pymetrics Inc., uses cognitive neuroscience and artificial intelligence to help companies hire the best candidates while reducing gender and racial biases. She offers tips on using AI and machine-learning to recruit and hire legal talent.

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