Microsoft Tackles Lack Of Diversity Among Law Firm Leaders

By Melissa Maleske (August 4, 2015, 6:25 PM EDT) -- Call it Diversity 2.0. Seven years after Microsoft Corp. launched its incentives-based program to reward law firms for employing and deploying diverse lawyers, the company has given it an update aimed at bolstering partner and executive diversity and encouraging firm leadership to set the tone.

Since 2008, Microsoft has awarded its law firms cash bonuses for hitting predetermined diversity targets. The company says the incentives have led to success, with the percentage of diverse-attorney hours on Microsoft matters increasing to 48.2 percent from 33.6 percent since the program's inception. However, industry numbers reflect a relative lack of diversity among law firm...

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