Valuing a Diverse Workplace
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:
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP Diversity Scholarship. Established in 2005, this scholarship includes a $7,500 award to be applied to the recipient’s law school tuition, together with a paid summer associate position at the firm. The scholarship is awarded annually to a first year student selected on the basis of his or her academic record, professional accomplishments and other factors that evidence promise for a successful career in the legal profession. Two former diversity scholars are now full-time associates at our firm, and a third joined us in September 2013.
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.
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.