Microsoft Recognizes Latham as “Most Innovative” for Diversity


October 29, 2019

Through its annual Law Firm Diversity Program, which aims to “help increase diversity in the legal profession,” Microsoft has named Latham & Watkins the winner of its inaugural “Most Innovative” award in the area of diversity and inclusion. The award highlights the firm that has “the best ideas, foster[s] an open dialogue across our [Microsoft’s] partner firms, and create[s] a connected community amongst our providers for sharing learnings and lessons.”

Latham’s diversity initiatives, which were “overwhelmingly favored by their peers,” include:

  • Addressing socioeconomic diversity, by broadening support and outreach to First Generation Professionals;
  • Addressing lateral hiring diversity, by being the firm law firm to sponsor the California Minority Counsel Program job board, which aims to reach and promote diverse lateral candidates;
  • Addressing professional and leadership development, by tailoring training sessions for law students and associates at Latham’s Diversity Leadership Academy to improve professional success and development; and
  • Addressing diversity and inclusion culture and awareness, which the firm does through its Inclusion Initiative, which encourages lawyers and staff to take actions that increase inclusion at a local and global scale.

Latham's lawyers, paralegals, and professional staff worldwide comprise a rich mixture of different races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, sexual orientations, cultures, and primary languages. The firm’s commitment to diversity enables it to draw from a remarkable wealth of talent to recruit and retain the best lawyers in the world and to provide innovative legal solutions for clients’ most complicated business challenges.

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