Type: News
Date: 08/11/2016

2017 Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Program Introduced by Taft

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is proud to introduce its first annual Taft Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Program to up to six qualifying law students in 2017. This new program is a significant component of Taft’s commitment to fostering the development of future lawyers from diverse backgrounds. The program, intended for first and second year law students, will award funds to up to six highly motivated students who are members of historically underrepresented ethnic and/or racial minority groups.

Law students selected for Taft’s Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Program will receive a paid 10-week summer associate position in one of Taft’s Midwest offices (Chicago, Ill.; Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; and Indianapolis, Ind.) in the summer of 2017. Assuming satisfactory performance during the 1L summer fellowship, Taft fellows will be extended the option to return to Taft as a second-year summer associate and will be awarded a one-time signing bonus, payable upon acceptance of the offer.

Taft believes that people with diverse experiences produce creative thinking, multiple perspectives on issues and innovative problem-solving techniques in the practice of law. The firm is committed to fostering an inclusive culture across values differences including race, gender, ethnicity, sexual-orientation, sexual identity, religion, age, physical ability, and socioeconomic background among others.

“These differences strengthen our success through optimal representation of our client relationships and mutual respect within the firm,” said Adrian D. Thompson, Taft partner and Chief Diversity Officer.

How to Apply
Law students who meet the historically underrepresented ethnic and/or racial minority group selection criteria and have entered into a J.D. program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States are eligible to apply for the 2017 Taft Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Program. Application forms are available on Taft’s website, as stated below.

The Process
Taft will review the applications and select the recipients of the program. Applications must be submitted for evaluation each year, as the award is not renewable. Completed applications should be emailed to Lisa Watson, director of recruiting, development and administration, at lwatson@taftlaw.com. The deadline for applications is Feb. 10, 2017. Fellowship award winners will be notified after March 1, 2017. For more information, click here.

About Taft Stettinius & Hollister

At Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, delivering outstanding legal performance to help clients succeed is what drives and motivates our more than 400 attorneys every day. Taft has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Chicago; Ill.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Covington, Ky.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Phoenix, Az. The firm practices across a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of law, including Business and Finance, Litigation, Labor and Employment, Intellectual Property, Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights, Environmental, Health and Life Sciences, Private Client Services, Real Estate and Tax. With a proven track record of experience since 1885, the firm offers breadth and depth of legal expertise coupled with a trusted business perspective to help our clients, big and small, regionally, nationally and internationally, reach their goals.

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