We believe that HSE’s greatest strength lies in the talented individuals we attract, nurture, and develop. Our people enable us to provide the high-quality, responsive and cost-effective service that our clients expect and deserve. We know that this mission is best accomplished by bringing together people from varied backgrounds and perspectives who apply their unique expertise and experiences to the complex legal issues our clients face. Some examples of the ways we seek to achieve greater diversity at the firm include:

Diversity Scholarships. HSE takes diversity seriously, well beyond vital programming, training, and community activities.  We support diversification of the legal profession.  To this end, the Harter Secrest & Emery LLP Diversity Scholarship is awarded to a first-year law student selected based on his or her academic record, professional accomplishments, and other factors that evidence promise for a successful career in the legal profession.  The scholarship recipient receives a $7,500 award for law school tuition and a full-time paid summer associate position at the firm.  Since the program’s inception, HSE has awarded 13 distinguished students with the scholarship.  For the first time this summer, two first-year law students received the Harter Secrest & Emery Diversity Scholarship.  HSE has also participated in the Monroe County Bar Association diversity program for many years.  In that time, we have provided eight first-year law students with full-time paid summer associate positions at the firm.

HSE Diversity Scholarship Application - coming soon

Early Interview Day. Our Early Interview Day was established in 2009 to provide 2L and 3L law students from diverse backgrounds with the opportunity to interview at the firm before on-campus interviews begin in the fall. Students from four local law schools, Cornell Law School, Albany Law School of Union University, University at Buffalo School of Law, and Syracuse University College of Law, are invited to submit applications to interview with the firm on Early Interview Day. Since the inception of Early Interview Day, one of the students has joined us as a full-time associate.

Diversity Clerkship Program. HSE participates in the Monroe County Bar Association's Rochester Legal Diversity Clerkship Program. This program seeks to increase diversity in the legal profession in Rochester by attracting qualified first-year law students to work in paid summer positions with Rochester area legal employers. As a participating employer, the firm has hired several summer associates since the program's inception in 2005. Two former summer associates who participated in this program are now full-time associates at the firm.

Workforce Diversity Network.  HSE is a member of the Workforce Diversity Network, which is a network of professionals and organizations dedicated to being a catalyst to enhance professional development, understanding, promotion and management of diversity and inclusion as an essential part of business success. The WDN states as its primary focus, the creation of a learning community in the business world to address diversity and its benefits. As a member company, HSE partners with WDN by hosting meetings and participating as sponsors of signature events.  A direct link to the firm’s Career page and job postings is included among the professional resources on WDN’s website. 

Career Fairs. Each year, HSE recruits at diversity job fairs and conferences. The firm also invites students to interview with us from law schools that serve populations that have historically been under represented in the legal profession.