Information for Prospective Outside Counsel
Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity
The FDIC has a strong commitment to equal opportunity under the law. As part of the FDIC's Minority and Women Outreach Program program, the Legal Division actively seeks to consider for engagement firms owned by minorities or women. These Minority and Women owned Law Firms or "MWOLFs" are those that are at least 51% owned and controlled (through day-to-day management) by one or more persons who are members of one or more of the following groups: Black American, Native American Indian, Hispanic American, or Asian American. “Women-owned firms” are those that are at least 51% owned and controlled (through day-to-day management) by non-minority women.
The Legal Division also seeks to consider MWOLFs for engagement to provide legal services in association with other majority firms “co-counsel” arrangements.
The Legal Division supports MWOLFs and the FDIC's equal opportunity efforts by providing an MWOLF Coordinator to assist firms in the application process as well as attendance at minority and diversity bar association conferences and events nationwide.
Similarly, the FDIC supports all efforts on the part of our outside counsel to employ and engage companies, firms and individuals and veterans with disabilities, as well as individuals that qualify for veterens' preference.