Facebook Sets Diversity Minimums For Outside Law Firms

By on April 3, 2017

April 3, 2017

A year after starting a push to diversify its own work force, Silicon Valley giant Facebook is now imposing those same standards on law firms its works with. New standards require that women and ethnic minorities account for at least 33 percent of law firm teams working on its cases. In addition, law firms must show they “actively identify and create clear and measurable leadership opportunities for women and minorities” when they represent the company in litigation and other legal matters. “Firms typically do what their clients want,” Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch told the New York Times. “And we want to see them win our cases and create opportunities for women and people of color. We think the firms are ready – our articulation gives not just permission but a mandate.” The Times notes that Facebook’s move is part of a trend; MetLife plans to announce a new policy this month pushing for diversity in outside legal counsel, and HP adopted a more stringent program in February. “Law is the least diverse white-collar profession,” Jane Lee, chief executive of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, told the Times.

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One Comment

  1. M. Pastore

    April 4, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Does Facebook mandate “diversity” in the C suite? Why aren’t the CEO and Chairman transgendered persons of color? Why doesn’t the white male G.C. of Facebook resign to make room for some “equally qualified” minority whose path to success he is blocking? Hypocrite!

    The least diverse white collar profession? That’s absolute and total BULL! Only at BIG LAW si that the case, which is where the BIG MONEY is, and THAT is what the professional victims’ crowd demands, but without doing the INSANE amounts of work required to make it. Its NEVER been about lack of opportunity. Law is already the MOST egalitarian profession in the United States. Unless you have truly exceptional credentials (Harvard Law Review), being a white male is a distinct disadvantage! When does this insanity end? Why is it acceptable to impose mandatory, discriminatory quotas against white males?

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