Kenneth L. Schubert Jr. Diversity Fellowship Program
We are committed to the full participation and inclusion of diverse professionals in our firm and the legal profession as part of our core values of diversity and inclusion. To that end, we seek diverse attorneys, whether persons of color, women, LGBTQ, or persons with physical limitations and whether they represent economic, geographic, social, ethnic, racial or religious diversity. With these core values in mind, we created the Kenneth L. Schubert Jr. Diversity Fellowship Program to honor one of our founders, Ken Schubert Jr., a champion of diversity in the profession.
The Kenneth L. Schubert Jr. Diversity Fellowship will be offered to students who will be in their first year of law school during the 2018‐2019 school year. The Diversity Fellow will receive a paid 10‐week summer associate position in our Seattle office between their first and second year of law school. After successful completion of the summer associate position, the Diversity Fellow will receive an additional $15,000 ($7,500 payable at the start of the first semester of the second year, and another $7,500 payable at the start of the second semester of the second year) upon the showing of continued outstanding academic performance.
First year law students are welcome to apply beginning on or after December 1, 2018. To apply, please submit the following materials no later than January 5, 2019:
- Personal statement describing qualifications for the fellowship, how you will contribute to GSB’s core values of diversity and inclusion, practice interests, unique qualifications for fellowship, and any other matters you believe would assist the firm in evaluating your application (1000‐word limit);
- Current résumé;
- Copy of undergraduate transcript;
- Law school course list and/or transcript, if available;
- Writing sample (7‐page limit); and
- Three references of individuals who can attest to your professional and academic abilities (names and contact information).
All parts of the application must be submitted at the same time through our career portal. Applications must be received by January 5, 2019. The selection committee will notify applicants selected for an interview by January 14, 2019. Please address any questions to Deverie Robinson, Director of Attorney Recruiting & Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous Kenneth L. Schubert Jr. Diversity Fellowship Recipients
Vicky Wei | 2017 Diversity Fellow - Current GSB Associate
"As a Summer Associate at GSB, I had the opportunity to work in a wide variety of practice areas with a strong culture of support and encouragement from associates and partners. I worked on cases from areas like Trusts and Estates, Intellectual Property, and Hospitality. I also had the opportunity to watch a partner in action at trial. Not only was there a great work-flow coordinating process, but GSB also facilitated a structured mentorship system. In addition, I could always turn to many other attorneys who were wonderful as informal mentors as well. While GSB had exciting summer events including a Sounders Game, sailing on the Sound, and wine tasting at Chateau Ste. Michelle, the most valuable part of my summer was the relationships fostered with great attorneys and the practical skills I acquired."
Tinny Faulkner | 2016 Diversity Fellow - 2017 Summer Associate - Current GSB Associate
“I have had an incredible time working at GSB this summer, and truly value the support I have received during my time here. I have worked on a variety of projects with partners and associates across practice groups. It has been exciting to see my research used by partners to advise clients, and to work with attorneys to draft and revise agreements. I have also enjoyed exploring the areas of Hospitality, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Bankruptcy, and Estate Planning. GSB has also done an excellent job of organizing social events, including the Pike’s Place Market Tour and the Mariners Game. Interacting with the attorneys and staff has definitely showed me that GSB is a collaborative environment that works to foster growth and success.”
Chike Eze | 2015 Diversity Fellow - Current GSB Associate
“I really appreciate GSB’s collaborative and supportive environment. I had the opportunity to work on real projects with different partners, senior associates and staff across practice teams. One of those projects involved assisting a partner on a court motion. I was especially excited to witness the partner argue the motion in front of the Judge at the King County Superior Court. In addition, with the support and guidance of my mentor and the summer program coordinator, I was able to work on several projects (litigation and transactional) in my area of interest, Intellectual Property. Lastly, I cannot forget GSB’s fun committee, “The Hoopla,” who organized great social events both in and out of the office—my favorites: the office golf tournament, the concert at Chateau Ste. Michelle, and the ‘famous’ sailboat ride.”