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Commitment – Diversity and inclusion are core values at Foster Pepper, and we are committed to ensuring that both are integrated into the Firm’s culture and the way we do business. Diversity and inclusion help us appreciate the differences in each other and improve our ability to serve clients through creative, collaborative advocacy. We are committed to recruiting diverse attorneys and staff, training and promoting our workforce, and increasing diverse representation in all aspects of the firm, especially in firm leadership.

Foster Pepper strives for a workforce reflective of the communities we serve. Currently 15 percent of our attorneys and 25 percent of our staff are from diverse backgrounds. Twenty percent of attorneys hired in 2012 and 2013 are from diverse backgrounds. We are actively trying to increase these percentages each year through our recruiting efforts and inclusion programs.

Leadership – Foster Pepper’s diverse attorneys and staff are very active in firm management and serve on various firm management committees. The attorney co-chairs of Foster Pepper’s Diversity & Inclusion and Charitable Contributions Committees are diverse, and currently, half of the attorneys on the firm’s Executive Committee are diverse.

Recruiting – In an effort to deepen our commitment to diversity, we established the Foster Pepper 1L Diversity Fellowship. This Fellowship provides the recipient with a paid summer associate position in our Seattle office and a $7,500 academic scholarship. For more information about our 1L Diversity Fellowship click here. In 2013, we hired two 1L Diversity Fellows. Foster Pepper also participates in the Northwest Minority Job and is a founder of the Puget Sound Minority Clerkship program.  We participate in various diversity receptions throughout the year at local law schools including Seattle University and University of Washington and local law firms.  We work in partnership with the Washington State Minority Bar Associations to advertise our job openings to have the most diverse candidate pool possible.

Community Outreach – Foster Pepper believes strongly in supporting efforts to enhance diversity beyond its own workplace. The Firm is proud to be a sponsor of the Statewide Initiative for Diversity, and participated in the Statewide Diversity Conference in 2012 and 2013. We are proud sponsors of the following important organizations:

Pro Bono - The firm’s attorneys also generously donate their time and talent to pro bono legal services by providing legal advocacy to vulnerable communities and diverse constituencies. Foster Pepper represents many diverse groups including Native American children, Holocaust survivors, domestic violence survivors, microentrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, and low-income families. To learn more about our pro bono work and the communities we work for and with, please see our most recent Pro Bono Annual Report click here.

Foster Pepper Inclusion & Diversity Committee – To ensure the Firm continues to attract, retain and promote talent from diverse backgrounds the Firm has established the Foster Pepper Inclusion and Diversity Committee “FPID”.  The FPID has established the Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Directive and a strategic plan to implement a diversity program.  The FPID promotes and oversees inclusion and diversity efforts, implements best practices to improve inclusion and diversity efforts, and is focused on establishing a system for tracking and measuring progress.  The FPID’s responsibilities include:

  • Recruit, Retain and Mentor – FPID collaborates with the Recruiting and Professional Development Committees, Professional Development Counsel, and our Human Resources Director to identify and attract exceptional candidates from diverse backgrounds and supports their success with training and mentoring.
  • Train and Educate – FPID develops and implements internal diversity and inclusion training and educational programs.
  • Key Firm Committee and Leadership Roles – FPID works with Firm management to identify and mentor attorneys and staff of diverse backgrounds to participate in leadership positions in the Firm.  The Firm strives to maintain and increase the diversity represented on the Executive Committee, other committees, and in the Practice Group Leaders.
  • Public Service and Sponsorships in Support of Diversity Related Organizations – Foster Pepper has a rich history of providing meaningful philanthropic and pro bono support to the community.  FPID strives to improve our visibility and leadership in various affinity groups.  We highly encourage staff and attorneys to be leaders in organizations that promote diversity.

2014 Foster Pepper Inclusion & Diversity (FPID) Committee Members: