Our firm is at its best when each of our individuals is included, empowered, and valued. We strategically seek ways to integrate adaptive diversity, equity and inclusion values in every aspect of our work. With unwavering commitments to growth and evolution, we will foster a better future together.
Our Inclusion and Equity Committee helps the firm achieve and maintain a level of diversity that reflects the demographics of the communities we serve, while encouraging an inclusive environment of appreciation and respect. The Committee meets monthly to review opportunities, plan and coordinate diversity-related events, and act as advocates for our diverse colleagues.
2021 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 based on his or her academic record, professional accomplishments and other factors that indicate promise for a successful career in the legal profession.
Eligibility: To be eligible for the Diversity Scholarship, the applicant must be a full-time currently enrolled 1L law student who is in good standing at an accredited law school. First-year students who are members of populations historically underrepresented in the legal profession are encouraged to apply
- Learn more about the 2020 Diversity Scholarship Winner
- Download the 2021 Diversity Scholarship Application and FAQs (Applications for 2021 are now closed.)
Education and Awareness
Throughout the year, the firm hosts speakers and presentations that provide insight and awareness on a range of topics including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights, LGBTQ rights, racism, and other important issues.
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Student Essay Contest
The firm sponsors the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Student Essay Contest in the Rochester City School District. Students in the third, fourth and fifth grades are asked to submit essays about what Martin Luther King, Jr. Day means to them. Attorneys and staff at the firm will select the finalists and vote on the winning essays and one winner will be selected in each grade level. Given the current remote learning environment, HSE will not hold the contest in the 2020-2021 academic year.
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.
For questions or to learn more about our Inclusion and Equity Committee, please contact:
Kimberly I. Shimomura, Chair
HSE Inclusion and Equity Committee