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. Diversity Meets the Billable Hour at Dorsey & Whitney

  • As of January 2019, attorneys at LCLD Member firm Dorsey & Whitney can record up to 50 billable hours on diversity-related activities.  The American  Lawyer
  • “We’ve long said that we valued diversity and inclusion,” says LCLD Member William Stoeri, Managing Partner of the firm. “We were looking for a way to reward those who put time and effort toward it.”  The American  Lawyer

2. What’s Working: 4 Ways to Make the Most of Your LCLD Fellows

  • The LCLD Fellows Program focuses primarily on individual attorneys, but LCLD Member organization Honeywell has found several ways for the whole organization to benefit from its participation.  What's Working
  • “I have always believed that being a good leader means identifying and nurturing talent, providing development feedback, and then providing access to other leaders,” says LCLD Member Anne Madden, General Counsel at Honeywell.  What's Working

3. Over 2,300 UK Students Enroll for Linklaters ‘Digital Internship’

LCLD Member firm Linklaters hopes its digital internship will expand its summer associate talent pool. The online course simulates the experience of working at a law firm, engaging participants on topics like creating contracts and practicing pitch presentations.  LegalTech News

4. Microsoft’s Legal Department Just Invested in Business Design Thinking 

  • LCLD Member organization Microsoft’s Trusted Advisor Forum brings its outside counsel together with internal leaders to brainstorm innovative ways to improve legal operations.  Legal Evolution
  • Presenting firms included LCLD Members Davis Wright Tremaine, Perkins Coie, Orrick, Sidley, Reed Smith, Fish & Richardson, Arent Fox, K&L Gates, Covington, and Merchant & Gould.  Legal Evolution 

5. The Well-Being Spectrum: There’s More Than ‘In Crisis’ or ‘Perfectly Fine’

“When we talk about well-being, we need to talk about more than getting people out of crisis,” writes law school dean John Holloway. “We need to talk about how to help everyone with tools that promote awareness, efficacy, and engagement so that we can fine-tune our lives.”

6. “Emotional Tax” Experienced by People of Color in Corporate Workforce 

A majority of people of color reported a high intent to quit due to the “emotional tax” of constantly feeling different from peers and being on guard for experiences of bias, according to a recent study of Canadians in the workplace.  Catalyst

7. I Wanted to Know What White Men Thought About Their Privilege. So I Asked. 

“My college class asks what it means to be white in America—but interrogating that question as a black woman in the real world is much harder to do,” writes Yale professor and poet Claudia Rankine. But doing it “broke open our conversation—random, ordinary, exhausting, and full of a shared longing to exist in less segregated spaces.”