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Beyond Microsoft:

Working with Law Firm Partners

CELA works to improve diversity in our partner firms by incentivizing our preferred provider firms to diversify their leadership and by engaging women- and minority-owned business enterprises (WMBE).

WMBE

In 2010, we joined the Inclusion Initiative, sponsored by the National Association for Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). Initiative members collaborate to increase diversity in the legal profession by supporting women and minority-owned law firms. Since joining the Inclusion Initiative, CELA has spent more than $100 million on legal services at such firms.

ABA Resolution 113

Microsoft supports ABA Resolution 113, which encourages legal departments to ask law firms to complete a survey on diversity and to consider this information when retaining a firm.

Law Firm Diversity Program

In 2008, we began the Law Firm Diversity Program (LFDP) to incentivize diverse representation on Microsoft matters and diverse representation within the firms we work with themselves. The program has been incredibly successful, with the percentage of diverse attorneys working on our behalf increasing from 33% to 48.2% in six years.

In 2015, we pivoted LFDP to include a focus on diverse leadership. The LFDP now measures three aspects of leadership: within the law firm, in the law firm’s relationship with Microsoft, and on Microsoft’s legal matters.

Below you will find materials outlining the creation of the program and its evolution.

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