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. A New Way to Combat Bias at Work 

Well-managed diverse teams perform better—but “well-managed” is the critical piece, says Joan Williams, Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law. She offers specific suggestions for how bosses can interrupt bias in areas like hiring, assignments, and promotions.  Harvard Business Review

2. Corporate Counsel Women of Color, Hogan Lovells Partner to Advance Diversity

2016 LCLD Fellow Lillian Hardy is the relationship partner for Corporate Counsel Women of Color at LCLD Member firm Hogan Lovells; in 2020, they are engaging around three major initiatives, including a program for in-house millennials and a CLO summit at AT&T’s headquarters.  Corporate Counsel

3. Ensuring Your Legal Department’s D&I Strategy Should Not Be an Afterthought

D&I efforts need to be part of your business strategy, not handled ad hoc, writes Brandy Smith, Chief Compliance Officer at LCLD Member organization Lincoln Financial

4. Reed Smith’s New Mental Health Task Force Aims to Make it Easier for Attorneys to Seek Help  

LCLD Member firm Reed Smith is making a concerted effort to better support employees’ mental health through five advisory teams that are focusing on different aspects of mental health in the legal profession.  The American Lawyer

5. The C-Suite Lacks Confidence in Analytics. But Why?

  • A recent study from KPMG found that just 35% of senior executives have a high level of trust in their organization’s use of data and analytics; 92% reported that they worry about the impact flawed data could have on their company’s business and reputation.  Society of Human Resource Management
  • “As a decision-maker, you really need to have confidence that the insights you are getting are reliable and accurate, but many of these executives can’t be sure if their models are of sufficient quality to be trusted.”  Society of Human Resource Management

6. For Fun: Test Your Civil Rights Knowledge 

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, test your knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement. The LCLD staff got 11 out of 13—let us know how you do!  The New York Times