|Diversity Chair Prefix||Ms.|
|Diversity Chair First Name||Catherine|
|Diversity Chair Last Name||Kevane|
Diversity Contact Information
|Diversity Contact Prefix||Ms.|
|Diversity Contact First Name||Mira|
|Diversity Contact Last Name||Dewji|
|Link to your organization's diversity website||http://www.fenwick.com/about/Pages/Diversity.aspx|
|Which of the following methods do you use to increase the presence and retention of under-represented groups? (Check all that apply)||
Diversity job fairs
Outreach to law student groups
Formal mentoring efforts
Recruit at schools with large minority populations
Firm diversity committee
Recruit at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
From our founding in 1972, Fenwick has been committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion both within the firm and throughout the legal profession. We believe that a diverse workforce improves our client service and that an inclusive culture fosters cooperation, respect, creativity and mutual understanding.
Fenwick’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion runs far deeper than our numbers, it is about building a culture of authenticity and embracing one another’s differences and values. From recruitment to development and support, our end goal is to ensure our employees can thrive as their authentic selves at Fenwick.
In 2021, Fenwick refined its strategic approach to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The firm hired its first firmwide Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Mira Dewji, a former practicing attorney and professor of ethical culture, to work closely with firm leadership to coordinate and expand our DEI impact. She plays an integral role in helping align the firm's DEI goals with its overall business objectives and the strategic priorities of practices, offices, and administrative teams across the firm.
The firm’s DEI Steering Board provides firmwide strategic direction on DEI initiatives and programs throughout the year. It includes the Firm's Chair, Managing Partner, Chief Talent Officer, Director of DEI and two newly appointed DEI Steering Board Co-Chairs. The Steering Board oversees the DEI Action Committee, which consists of three separate working groups that bring together attorneys and professional staff to implement high-impact annual projects.
Here are a few ways we put our words into action:
Through these efforts and many more, we are proud of all that we have accomplish on advancing DEI, while recognizing that there is a lot more work to be done.
It is the policy of Fenwick & West LLP (“Fenwick”) to maintain a professional and respectful work environment that is free of bias, prejudice, and harassment, where all personnel and employment applicants are respected, and where all employees and applicants have an equal employment opportunity. Fenwick is committed to promoting equal employment opportunity for all qualified individuals in accordance with applicable law, including by reasonably accommodating the known disabilities or medical conditions of qualified applicants and employees.
Fenwick will not tolerate unlawful discrimination and harassment in any form, including verbal, physical and visual conduct, threats, demands and retaliation. This policy applies to all Fenwick personnel and prohibits unlawful discrimination or harassment by any partner or employee of Fenwick, including attorneys, members of management, supervisors and co-workers, and also by any person doing business with or for Fenwick. This includes harassment and discrimination on the bases of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex (including sexual harassment, gender harassment, and harassment due to pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state, federal or local laws (each a “Protected Characteristic”).
Diversity fellowships or scholarships
|Does your organization or office sponsor/offer a Diversity Fellowship or Scholarship?||Yes|
|If yes, is the program open to||1L|
|Please provide a brief description of the program||
Fenwick’s Diversity Scholarships support law students who identify with historically underrepresented groups in the legal profession with the aim of promoting diversity and providing financial support to aspiring lawyers. It is our belief that in order to create a more diverse pipeline of associates we need to start early at the law school level. Fenwick offers diversity scholarships of up to $40,000 each (paid in three installments) for first-year law students from underrepresented backgrounds. We offered 7 new Fenwick Diversity Scholarships in 2022.
We proudly partner with clients to provide an enriching summer experience for diverse 1L law students. The student selected to participate in our client's 1L Diversity Internship Program will participate in a 10-week paid program internship split between our client and Fenwick.
Affinity group information
|Does your organization or office have affinity groups?||Yes|
|If yes, please describe your affinity groups below||
Fenwick & West supports 12 Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) for lawyers and professional staff.
The ERGs are designed to foster inclusion and belonging through shared interests and life experiences. Throughout the year, members connect through regular gatherings, engage in community service, support and mentor one another, and host a variety of creative internal and external events.