Advancing diversity in the legal profession
Working with our law firm suppliers
Law Firm Diversity Program (LFDP)
In 2008, we launched the LFDP to incentivize diversity in the law firms that we partner with. We are committed to accelerating progress, and in 2020, the program expanded to address acute representation issues in African American/Black and Hispanic/Latinx communities.
Women and minority-owned law firms (WMBE)
To further increase diversity in the legal profession, we joined the Inclusion Initiative, sponsored by the National Association for Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). Since joining in 2010, Microsoft has spent over $155 million on legal services at such firms.
American Bar Association (ABA) Resolution 113 and Model Diversity Survey
In 2016, we endorsed ABA Resolution 113 and its mission to create a legal profession that better reflects the diversity of the nation we serve. The resolution encourages legal departments to consider a firm’s diversity metrics when deciding whether to retain their services. We also partnered with the ABA to optimize the Model Diversity Survey, making access to law firm diversity metrics easier and more efficient.
Microsoft legal diversity
Creating a legal profession that reflects the public it serves.
Diversifying the profession
Pipeline challenges begin well before law school.