A central aspect of Stoel Rives' strategic vision is the firm's commitment to recruit, develop, and retain attorneys of diverse backgrounds and characteristics. Listed below are some of the ways Stoel Rives implements its commitment through recruiting events and outreach activities.

  • First-Year Diversity Fellowships. The firm has offered over 35 First-Year Diversity Fellowships over the last eleven years. The Fellowship provides law students with full-time summer associate positions in the firm and financial stipends to offset their educational expenses. Traditionally, we have offered Diversity Fellowship positions in at least two of our offices each year. We are proud of our Diversity Fellowship program and welcome the diverse skills, life experiences, opinions, beliefs and backgrounds that each Fellow brings to the firm.

    To find out more about our First-Year Diversity Fellowships, please click on this link. We are no longer accepting applications for our 2016 summer program.

  • Summer Associate Program. In 2015, Stoel Rives had 14 summer associates, 57 percent of whom were ethnic minorities. The Sacramento office participates in the Sacramento County Bar Association Law Fellowship Program, the Minneapolis office participates in the Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Summer Rotation Clerkship Program, and the firm actively recruits at job fairs such as the Northwest Minority Job Fair.

  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice. Stoel Rives is a member of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, an organization through which corporate law departments work together to support efforts to attract, recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color in the Minneapolis-St. Paul legal community. Our Minneapolis office is actively involved with this organization.

  • Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO). Our firm has consistently been a major sponsor of the OLIO conference, a program that encourages minority students to attend Oregon law schools and provides academic and social support to help the students succeed. In addition to financial support, the firm's sponsorship includes providing attorney faculty members, staff volunteer participation, and leadership at the conference. We also participate in other activities throughout the year, including as presenters at the retreat for incoming law students, sponsoring employment workshops, conducting mock interviews, assisting with the legal writing and bar exam workshops, and supporting OLIO's annual fund-raiser.

  • High School Programs. For over nine years, Stoel Rives has supported local high school internship programs in Oregon and Seattle. These programs provide low-income students with mentored internships, experiential learning activities and valuable work experience. Many of the students who participate in these programs would not be able to attend a college preparatory school without our firm's support.

  • Diversity Section of the Idaho State Bar. Stoel Rives was a major sponsor and an organizer of the Inaugural Reception for the Diversity Section of the Idaho State Bar. The event was well attended by local attorneys and law firms, corporate law departments, law school professors and students, and regional diversity leaders.

  • Sponsorships. Stoel Rives participates in a variety of organizations that embrace and promote diversity. Click here for a sampling of organizations and events we are proud to support.
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