Brad Smith's primary role is as general counsel of Microsoft Corp., but he is also heading up a group of top lawyers tasked with finding ways to improve the legal profession's dismal diversity record. Smith is the chairman of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity's Pipeline Committee, which is seeking ways to get more minority students to enroll in law school. The council formed in 2009 with the goal of promoting diversity throughout the legal profession by involving top leaders at law firms and law departments, and it now counts more than 100 law firms and 65 corporations as members. On Monday, July 18, Smith spoke to more than 50 LCLD scholars assembled for a two-day conference in Chicago. LCLD scholars are students, mostly minorities, who have completed their first year of law school. The National Law Journal spoke with Smith about the many challenges to diversity in the legal profession and the council's plans to improve diversity. His answers have been edited for length. Click here to read full article.
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