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. IP Firm Creates Incubator to Launch Minority- and Women-Owned Law Firms 

“We keep doing the same things over and over and over again,” says John Harrity, LCLD Member and Co-Founder of Harrity & Harrity. “If the programs were really impactful we wouldn’t be having these conversations today.”  The American Lawyer

2. Q&A: How Covington & Burling's Pipeline Fueled a Diverse New Partner Class 

“We have been focused not only on recruiting...but on making sure that we are creating good opportunities for our women and diverse lawyers to flourish,” says Timothy Hester, LCLD Member and Chairman of Covington & BurlingThe American Lawyer

3. Minority Partners Disproportionately Placed in Nonequity Partnership Tier 

  • In 2018, 54 percent of minority partners were in the nonequity tier, compared to 42 percent of white partners.  The American Lawyer  
  • Since 2014, the number of minority nonequity partners has grown by 34 percent—triple the growth rate for white nonequity partners. The American Lawyer

4. Make That Move: Evolving from Junior Partner to Rainmaker 

After making partner, your focus must quickly evolve to “growing a sustainable and fulfilling practice,” writes Lillian Hardy, 2016 Fellow and Partner at Hogan Lovells. How do you do that? Be unique, invest in peer relationships, and focus on your client.  The National Law Journal

5. Why Leaders Need to Care About Diversity 

“Leaders, if they want to have the best talent on the globe, are going to have to deal with diversity much the same way they deal with any other issue that’s critically important to their strategic agenda and future,” says Eileen Murray, Co-CEO of Bridgewater Associates.  Yale Insights

6. Elimination of Bias? Impossible.  

Unconscious bias is unavoidable, but there are a few biases that are common in the legal profession, including egocentric bias, when people overvalue their own experience, and like-me bias, when people subconsciously favor those most similar to them.  Law Practice Today

7. Why Reverse Mentoring Works and How to Do It Right 

There are four benefits of reverse mentoring: increased retention of Millennials, sharing of digital skills, driving culture change, promoting diversity.  Harvard Business Review