Willkie believes that everyone benefits from a diverse and inclusive workplace. To that end, we strive to hire lawyers with different backgrounds in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and culture.
Our Diversity and Inclusion Committee is central to these efforts and Summer Law Clerks learn about the Committee immediately upon arrival. The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is involved in Summer Law Clerk orientation, takes an active role in mentoring, hosts at least one Summer Associate event, and seeks to involve Summer Law Clerks in our broader diversity and inclusiveness program.
Our Women’s Professional Development Committee (WPDC) also participates actively in the summer program. The WPDC typically hosts a networking event for Summer Law Clerks, participates in mentoring, and includes Summer Law Clerks in ongoing programming.
We reinforce all of this effort through partnerships with law-school affinity groups including APALSA, BLSA, LALSA, and SALSA, sponsoring receptions, career nights, mock interview programs, moot court competitions, and seminars with these groups.