Get Involved with Legal Diversity Programs that Microsoft Supports
As part of our Legal Diversity work, Microsoft supports programs offered by the following organizations. Click to learn more about the opportunities offered by each organization.
- Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)Microsoft strongly supports the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Microsoft's General Counsel, Brad Smith, currently serves as the Chair of LCLD. Microsoft has also contributed $250,000 to support strategic initiatives to diversity leadership and development opportunities across the legal progression. This contribution will support the multi-year "Talent to Leadership" commitment. These programs reach diverse law students through mentoring and first-year (1L) initiatives and also provide career development and networking opportunities for attorneys who have been identified by their firms or corporate legal departments as rising leaders. As of January 2014, these programs have reached more than 2,500 law students through its nationwide mentoring effort, 300 law students through its 1L Scholars program, and 400 diverse attorneys though its Fellows program. Learn more about LCLD's action programs.
- ABA National Forum on Diversity and Inclusion in the Profession of Law (NFDIPL)Microsoft is a proud supporter of the NFDIPL, formerly known as the Minority Counsel Program. Their National Forum on Diversity in the Profession of Law brings together diverse lawyers from across the country for an intensive three-day conference that includes Continuing Legal Education, ethics and non-CLE panels, as well as luncheons, keynote presentations and networking presentations. For more information, please visit ABA National Forum on Diversity and Inclusion in the Profession of Law (NFDIPL).
- Hispanic National Bar Association / Microsoft IP Law Institute
The Hispanic National Bar Association and Microsoft have teamed up to create an exciting, bold new program to increase Hispanic representation in the field of intellectual property law. Innovation is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy and IP law is an increasingly important factor in America's future economic strength. Yet, statistics show that Hispanic lawyers are underrepresented in the field of IP law. The low numbers suggest a lack of understanding about IP law, a lack of role models, and a misconception about the skills and background needed to practice in the IP field. The HNBA/Microsoft IP Law Institute ("IP Law Institute") is committed to changing those statistics.The IP Law Institute selects up to 25 law students a year from law schools throughout the country to participate in a week-long IP law immersion program. The costs of travel, lodging, meals, and materials are covered by the IP Law Institute. The IP Law Institute provides substantive instruction, hands-on practical experience, writing workshops, visits to U.S. government institutions related to IP law (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit), briefings from leading IP practitioners and congressional and executive branch authorities, and networking opportunities, that give participants a broad understanding of IP law practice, as well as provide contacts and avenues for potential employment. The IP Law Institute is anchored by a briefing on issues in an active patent litigation case followed by attending live oral arguments on the same case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ("CAFC"). Attendees also receive a rare behind the scenes tour of the court and meet CAFC Judges and law clerks. Attendees are paired with practicing attorneys who commit to act as mentors during the week and throughout the remainder of the student's law school career. The 2015 IP Law Institute will be held in Washington D.C. from May 31 through June 6, 2015. For more information, please visit Hispanic National Bar Association / Microsoft IP Law Institute.
- Lambda LegalLambda Legal provides high-impact education and advocacy campaigns that are focused on making concrete improvements that broaden the rights of LGBT people and people living with HIV. Additional details can found at Lambda Legal.
- Lawyer Committee for Civil RightsThe Lawyer Committee for Civil Rights provides a host of resources and opportunities for students as well as practitioners. They provide fellowship opportunities to recent law school graduates to pursue work in civil rights and equal justice. They also offer internship programs for law students and undergraduates, as well as pro bono opportunities to support the Committee's work. For more information, please visit Lawyer Committee for Civil Rights.
- Minority Corporate Counsel AssociationMinority Corporate Counsel Association supports diversity initiatives, including scholarships, events, training and networking opportunities. The Lloyd M. Johnson Scholarship Program is open to students that have been accepted to an ABA accredited law school for a full-time Juris Doctorate degree. MCCA holds a number of events throughout the year that focus on networking, career development, education, and job training. These include: General Counsel Summit, Pathways Conference and the Diversity Gala. For more information about these opportunities, please visit Minority Corporate Counsel Association.
- National Asian Pacific ABA
- National Association of Women LawyersNAWL promotes the interests and progress of women lawyers and women's legal rights. Their activities include an annual General Counsel Institute, a survey that tracks women's progress in law firms, a series of philanthropic networking events across the country, a national mentoring program and programming that supports the professional development of women lawyers at all levels of experience. You can find more details about these programs and more at National Association of Women Lawyers.