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. Top Amazon Lawyer: ‘Justice for All’ Requires More Funding and Innovation

“Corporations have a responsibility to the communities they serve,” writes David Zapolsky, LCLD Member and General Counsel of Amazon. “Providing pro bono legal assistance is one piece of a patchwork of solutions to the current crisis of civil injustice.”  Fortune 

2. 2019 Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Ten members of the LCLD community, as well as seven LCLD Member organizations, received 2019 Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards, including Laura Stein, LCLD Board Chair, who was named Gender Diversity Lawyer of the Year (In-House).  Chambers

3. Black People Are Charged at a Higher Rate Than Whites. What If Prosecutors Didn’t Know Their Race?

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office is experimenting with “blind charging,” which does not allow prosecutors to see demographic information before making their initial decision on whether to charge someone.  The New York Times 

4. LCLD Fellows Who Podcast

A trio of LCLD Fellows Alumni—Demetra Liggins, Heather Hubbard, and Jason Barnwell—have jumped into the podcasting pool to bring diversity and dynamic insights to this important and seemingly ever-growing medium.  LCLD 

5. Want to Be a Better Manager? Get a Protege

Sponsorship has obvious benefits for the protege, but research shows it can also benefit the mentor—including making senior leaders more likely to receive promotions and more satisfied with their professional legacies.  Harvard Business Review 

6. School’s Out: Legal Apprentices Take Alternative Path to Bar

Advocates of legal apprenticeships say raising awareness about and expanding access to them could help address deep-rooted inequalities in the legal field.  Law360 

7. Could Bringing Your “Whole Self” to Work Curb Unethical Behavior?

“People who integrate their different identities into one consistent sense of self feel more authentic and are therefore less likely to engage in immoral behavior than those who fail to knit together their various selves,” writes researcher Maryam Kouchaki.  Kellogg Insights