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Diversity

Schwabe comprises more than 165 lawyers and over 200 staff from diverse backgrounds—giving back to their communities, doing great legal work for amazing clients and representing their communities at Schwabe.

Measuring up

Diversity and inclusion make us stronger—benefitting our clients, our lawyers, our staff and the industries we serve. Schwabe’s diversity and inclusion results exceed or equal those of national markets. Our numbers speak for themselves.

Schwabe has attracted a greater number of minority shareholders than the national average.

National Market

Schwabe

7.1%

8.5%

And a greater number of equity shareholders.

National Market

Schwabe

5.4%

6.3%

Many of our women attorneys make shareholder.

National Market

Schwabe

19.9%

28.3%

Many of our women attorneys make equity shareholder.

National Market

Schwabe

17%

17.2%

And we value our LGBT attorneys—which is why we are above the national average in recruiting LGBT attorneys.

National Market

Schwabe

1.54%

4%

Diversity in our communities

We see the world beyond our law firm, and are committed to promoting diversity and equity in the legal community and the community at large.

We work with organizations like Legal Voice to eradicate gender-based violence, volunteering staff and attorney time as well as financial support.

We have a long history of supporting the Urban League of Portland, one of the oldest African American service, civil rights and advocacy organizations in the area. In fact, Schwabe’s president serves on the organization’s board of directors and its executive committee.

Schwabe attorneys are members of more than 20 affinity groups—from the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association to the Northwest Indian Bar Association.

We dedicate our time to making other industries diverse. We hold positions on diversity committees for the Pacific Northwest College of Art, participate in the CREW Network and support the success of women in the commercial real estate industry.

Diversity in law school opportunities

We start early to ensure that our attorneys reflect the communities in which we live through our recruitment of summer associates.

The firm recruits heavily at law student job fairs, both locally and nationally, in an effort to recruit a diverse workforce. For example, the firm has recruited at the Pacific Northwest Minority Job Fair, the Oregon Minority Job Fair, the DuPont Career Fair, the Black Law Students' Association’s Job Fair and the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Job Fair. Schwabe’s recruitment at these job fairs is in addition to the on-campus interviews conducted annually by the firm at various law school campuses across the nation.

In addition, Schwabe created its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program for students who have completed their first year of law school. The 1L Diversity Fellowship Program consists of one paid summer associate position in its Seattle, Washington, office. Recipients receive a $7,500 scholarship to assist with law school expenses during the student’s second year of law school. Schwabe also maintains a position for diverse 2L students in its Portland, Oregon office.