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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Microsoft Expands Diversity Reach to Lawyers with Disabilities

Microsoft stands firm on its commitment to diversity. Despite challenges, it continues to strive in strengthening its diversity commitment.

Recently, Microsoft has updated its “Law Firm Diversity Program” in a bid to improve the diversity of the minority lawyers in leadership roles in the law firms it deals with. 

Then in another move to foster diversity, an article by Melissa Maleske on Law 360 says that: as a step in its drive to open a dialogue about lawyers with disabilities, Microsoft’s legal and corporate affairs team launched a study that found people with disabilities face unique barriers on the road to becoming a lawyer. The team released the results to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26.
“The research in the area is pretty scant,” Snapp says. “To commission this study to bring things together from different places and to try to make things foot and tie was actually a pretty unique exercise for us. It told us there just was not much information out there on the topic of people with disabilities in the professional workforce.” -
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Sometime before this, Microsoft announced its support for The Equality Act, a comprehensive federal LGBT non-discrimination legislation.
“To create technology that empowers the world, we need to reflect the diversity of the world,” Microsoft said in a statement. “Supporting diversity, inclusiveness and equal treatment is not just good for business, it is also the right thing to do. That’s why we support the protections for LGBT Americans as outlined in The Equality Act.” - Read more at:

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