The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) announced this week
that it has received a $250,000 contribution from Microsoft Corporation
to support strategic initiatives to diversify leadership and development
opportunities across the legal profession.
It is the largest contribution received to date by the five-year-old
organization, according to LCLD Executive Director Robert J. Grey Jr.
"This is an extraordinary expression of confidence in what this
generation of leaders in the law is doing to expand leadership
opportunities in the profession," said Grey. "This gift will enable us
to expand and strengthen the programs we believe will advance the
careers of the rising generation of diverse talent in our profession."
LCLD, composed of the Managing Partners of the nation's leading law
irms and the General Counsel of Fortune 500 corporations, has taken on
a multi-year "Talent to Leadership" commitment. Its 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, LCLD's 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 through its
"It is critical that we identify strong diverse lawyers and create
leadership opportunities for them," said Brad Smith, Chair of the LCLD
board of directors and General Counsel and Executive Vice President for
Microsoft Corporation. "Unless the legal profession makes faster
progress, it will miss out on the dynamism and creativity that diversity
brings. We need a legal profession that is as diverse as the country we
serve - a prerequisite for healthy legal service for a democracy."
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