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Vault.com and MCCA Launch Groundbreaking Database to Compare Law Firm Diversity

Vault.com and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) have announced the launch of the Law Firm Diversity Database, an innovative online tool that enables users to compare law firms on a number of diversity performance measures.  The database provides statistics and other crucial information on diversity at over 200 firms nationwide.  The online database was created in cooperation with Accenture, Bank of America, Microsoft, PPG Industries, Sara Lee, and Wal-Mart, and is located at http://extranet.vault.com/lawdiversity.

The Law Firm Diversity Database contains data published in the Vault/MCCA Guide to Law Firm Diversity Programs.  The information in this guide, gleaned from responses to the Vault/MCCA Diversity Survey, is translated into a database that will enable the corporate counsel community to evaluate and make meaningful comparisons among outside counsel in terms of their diversity efforts.

"Until Vault and MCCA teamed up on this project, there had been no meaningful effort to gather information of this type and disseminate it to the law community," said Samer Hamadeh, COO, Vault.com.  "With the Law Firm Diversity Database, we have now harnessed technology to facilitate the collection and analysis of the data.  Coupled with the distribution on the Internet, we have created a powerful mechanism to influence firms to make diversity more of a priority."

Using the Law Firm Diversity Database, company leaders can learn the percentage of minorities employed by firms in a variety of categories, ranging from full-time associate to equity partner to management roles.  Demographic categories represented in the database include minority men, minority women, white women and GLBT attorneys.  In the future, the database will feature statistics for attorneys with disabilities, as well as expanded racial/ethnic breakdowns.

With this new tool, corporations, law firms and prospective employees will get a window into how firms across the country are addressing the issue of diversity.

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