Wal-Mart's recent announcement that it wants the 100 firms that do most of its legal work to move more minority lawyers into leadership positions isn't as threatening to the old-boy network as might be expected. Wal-Mart's constant demands for lower rates and flat fees, along with its willingness to change firms, have been especially galling to lawyers. They say the company deals with the defense bar the same way it deals with ice cream bars: forcing vendors to compete for business by slashing prices.
Wal-Mart Spurns White Guys? No Problem
July 8, 2005