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Facebook pushes outside law firms to become more diverse

Ellen Rosen writes, "Like other Silicon Valley giants, Facebook has faced criticism over whether its work force and board are too white and too male. Last year, the social media behemoth started a new push on diversity in hiring and retention. 

Now, it is extending its efforts into another corner: the outside lawyers who represent the company in legal matters. 

Facebook is requiring that women and ethnic minorities account for at least 33 percent of law firm teams working on its matters. 

Numbers alone, however, are not enough, under a policy that went into effect on Saturday. Law firms must also show that they 'actively identify and create clear and measurable leadership opportunites for women and minorities' when they represent the company in litigation and other legal matters." 


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