President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft Corporation

Brad Smith is the Immediate Past Chair of the LCLD Board of Directors. One of the founders of LCLD, Brad has been a prime mover in the growth and success of the organization.

As chair of the Board's Pipeline Committee from 2009-2011, Brad oversaw the development of the 1L LCLD Scholars and Mentoring programs; as chair of the Strategy and Innovation Committee in 2012 and 2013, he convened a summit of law school deans and our Members to discuss the state of legal education, a precursor to LCLD's annual Leadership Summit.

Under Brad's leadership, Microsoft has pioneered the use of incentives for outside counsel to prioritize diversity and inclusion—adding to the corporation's stellar reputation on these issues. And in early 2014, Microsoft Corporation provided a $250,000 grant to LCLD to fund new levels of innovation in our programs and outreach.

Microsoft was named an LCLD Most Active Member Corporation in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. 

Follow Brad on Twitter: @BradSmi

Joined LCLD 2009

Highlights of LCLD Participation


LCLD Board of Directors
Immediate Past Chair, 2017-2018 
Chair, Founding Board Member, 2009-2016

Fellows Program
Hosted Leadership Lunch (2014)
Hosted Learning Experience (2012)
Fellows nominated:
2018: Jembaa Mai, Nathan Leong; 2017: Emily Schlesinger, Pablo Tapia; 2016: Jason Barnwell, Merisa Heu-Weller; 2015: Kate BehnckenAlicia Lowery Rosenbaum; 2014: Andy MarBarbara Olagaray-Gatto; 2013: Sade FashokunLeigh Ann Lucero; 2012: Marlon FetznerZohra Tejani; 2011: Jack ChenElke Flores Suber


Pathfinder Program 
Hosted Pathfinder First Meeting (2016) 
Pathfinders selected: 
2018: Charlie Bingham, Shanelle Henry; 2017: Hanna Kim, Casiya Thaniel; 2016: Azar Koulibaly, Aneesh Mehta; 2015: Andrea Grieco, Makalika Naholowaa 

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2017: David Chough, Nikola Malcolm, Elijah Porter, Jonathan Slack, Patience Veloza; 2016: Maria Adebayo, Reina Almon, Leonel Cojulun, Corben Green, Benjamin Lee, Danielle Liebl, Priyanka Nawathe, Charity Ogbeide, Dana Putney, Daniel Rojas, Nikhil Shah; 2015: Chavez Adams, Shivani Agarwal, Nadia Baksh, Magnus Gan, Bianca LaCaille, Pamela Nwaoko, Apneet Sidhu, Beth St. Clair; 2014: Colinford Mattis, Karice Rhule; 2013: C. Dion Seymour, Celeste Jackson, June Wang; 2012: Jessica Cunningham, Lizzie Gomez, Stacy Smith; 2011: Geuter Aurelien, Jill Mitchell, Rocky White

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Annual Meeting (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014)
Leadership Summit (2016, 2015, 2014) 

Member: Brad Smith

Diversity Professionals: Kate Behncken, Jenn Scully

Communications: Carol Ann Browne, Michelle Lancaster