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Oct. 23, 2008

Sometimes It's Not So Hard to Say No

Don't expect to play golf with Tom Mars, Wal-Mart's general counsel. The retail giant's corporate culture encourages arms-length relationships, which gives it the freedom to choose firms without playing favorites, Mars says.

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Tom Mars, executive vice president and general counsel of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., was in San Francisco last week for the California Minority Counsel Program's annual conference, where he spoke frankly about the company's policy to fire law firms it uses as outside counsel that don't meet the retail giant's diversity goals. Mars urged colleagues in the legal profession to give a minority or woman lawyer a chance at a promotion, even if the person isn't ready, and prepa... (continued)

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