Taking New Steps

Enhancing diversity in the legal profession is a longstanding and important priority. Yet looking at the numbers, it's clear we still have a long way to go.

Last year the National Association for Law Placement estimated that only 18 percent of partners at the nation's large law firms are women and only 5.4 percent are minorities. Despite plenty of good intentions and broad activities, there's still a lot of room for progress.

As those who sponsored the Call to Action and many others have demonstrated, this is an important time for all of us to try new ideas and take new steps. At Microsoft we know that we don't have all the answers. But if across corporate America all of us become more proactive and work in closer partnerships with law firms and each other, we'll all become faster learners.

And from that, more impressive results will follow.

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Brad Smith

Brad Smith has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the web consumer, enterprise software and communication service provider industries, spanning sales and marketing, product...

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