Building a More Diverse and Inclusive Legal Profession: A Call to Action

This Thursday April 15th at 5:30, the Berkman Center and Harvard Law School’s Program on the Legal Profession are co-hosting a talk by Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith:

The diversity of the legal profession continues to lag the diversity of the American population. Despite rising awareness of the issue over the last decade and even a number of well-intentioned efforts, progress has been slow. In this speech, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith will make the case for more rapid progress, outline the types of practical steps that are needed at law firms and companies, and speak to new initiatives across the legal profession to make the next decade more successful.

Brad Smith is Microsoft’s general counsel and senior vice president, Legal and Corporate Affairs. He leads the company’s Department of Legal and Corporate Affairs (LCA), which has just over 1,000 employees and is responsible for the company’s legal work, its intellectual property portfolio, and its government affairs and philanthropic work. He also serves as Microsoft’s corporate secretary and its chief compliance officer. Smith has also helped advance several significant diversity and pro bono initiatives, both within Microsoft and in the broader legal profession.

Come out to the Austin East Classroom in Austin Hall to join the conversation. (RSVP)

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