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Gregory G. Schwab, left, general counsel of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Denise J. Smyler, right, the former general counsel of Pennsylvania. Courtesy photos

It’s been six years since Pennsylvania’s Office of General Counsel instituted a competitive procurement process for legal work that takes measures to ensure small and diverse law firms have a chance at winning contracts. In that time, one of the most often repeated criticisms by lawyers involved in the program is that too few people know about it.

Under the program, the number of diverse law firms doing work for the commonwealth has ballooned, and the state has saved significant legal spend by making the bidding process competitive.

Max Mitchell

Max Mitchell is ALM's Pennsylvania Bureau Chief overseeing The Legal Intelligencer, Delaware Law Weekly and Delaware Business Court Insider. Follow him on Twitter @MMitchellTLI. His email is [email protected]

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