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 30 First-Year Diversity Fellowships over the last ten 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 begin accepting Diversity Fellowship applications on December 1.
  • Summer Associate Program. In 2013, Stoel Rives had 17 summer associates, 29 percent of whom were diverse. The Sacramento office also participates in the Sacramento County Bar Association Law Fellowship Program, and the firm actively recruits at job fairs such as the Northwest Minority Job Fair and the Oregon Diversity Career Forum.
  • 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 eight years, Stoel Rives has supported local high school internship programs in Oregon and Seattle. We've recently expanded this program to our Minneapolis office. 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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