Compiled for LCLD Members and the 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. ‘Measurable Impact’: Prudential Pushes More Work to Minority- and Women-Owned Firms

LCLD Member organization Prudential sets an annual goal for outside counsel spending with minority- and women-owned firms. In 2018, it exceeded that goal by 25 percent. New Jersey Law Journal

2. Heidrick & Struggles Takes Action on Board Diversity

LCLD Member organization Heidrick & Struggles announced that at least half of the board candidates it presents to clients each year will be diverse, promoting diverse corporate boards around the world. Heidrick & Struggles Newsroom

3. Diverse Leaders Take Over All NY State Bar Association Committees

“It is a moral imperative that our profession better reflects the diversity exemplified by our clients, and we can no longer accept empty rhetoric or half-measures to realize that goal,” says Henry Greenberg, Chair of the New York State Bar, on appointing diverse chairs or co-chairs to all 59 of the NYSBA’s committees. New York Law Journal

4. When It Comes to Diversity, Planting a Seed Can Make a Difference

“Opportunities like this open up all the different roads that law students can take. Sometimes you just need to plant a seed,” says 2019 1L Scholar Naphtalie Librun-Ukiri of her summer fellowship with LCLD Member firm Ballard Spahr and Piper Jaffray. The Star Tribune

5. How Diversity Drives Innovation

“When there seems to be a weakening of government policies that support diversity and inclusion, you will increasingly see corporate leaders step in to challenge those instances,” says diversity consultant Frans Johansson. Workday Blog 

6. Why People Hide Their Disabilities at Work

People who disclose their disabilities are twice as likely to be happy at work than those who don’t; yet only 39 percent of people with disabilities have told their managers about their disability. Harvard Business Review 

7. Legal Departments’ Lack of Supplier Diversity Could Be Costing Companies

“Getting one diverse firm on a litigation could keep a very important government contract or reduce the risk of losing it,” says Adrienne Fox, a procurement professional and member of Buying Legal Council. Corporate Counsel