Our Commitment to Diversity
At Riddell Williams, we acknowledge and respect the differences of each person in our firm, including race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical abilities, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, educational levels, marital status and family circumstance. Through our ongoing commitment to diversity, we foster mutual understanding, support and trust. This includes education, mentoring, training, various community leadership activities and bar activities.
Riddell Williams sponsors an annual Diversity Fellowship (PDF) that provides a second-year law student with a position in our summer associate program and monetary support for school in the following year.
The deadline is mid-September for the following Summer program.
Riddell Williams Updates on Diversity
- Riddell Williams was named one of "50 Best Law Firms for Women," in December 2012. Awarded for its family-friendly policies and business development initiatives designed to retain women lawyers and advance them into the leadership pipeline, Riddell Williams is honored to be among the 50 Best Law Firms for Women, as named by Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers. The Women Attorneys Group at Riddell Williams holds monthly meetings that encourage informal mentoring, and focus on topics ranging from practice development, marketing, and client service to the opportunities and challenges faced by professional women. Members of the group engage in a wide variety of civic, volunteer and pro bono activities. Together, these attorneys support community organizations through hands-on volunteer work, and in-kind and monetary donations.
- 2012 Recipient: PSALA Achievements in Diversity Award. The Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (PSALA) honored Riddell Williams as one of two 2012 recipients of the Achievements in Diversity award. Each year the PSALA presents this award to a law firm within the Chapter's membership that has demonstrated exceptional achievements in diversity within the firm.
- On October 18, 2012, Riddell Williams celebrated the 23rd Annual Gala of the Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) and the Asian Bar Association of Washington Student Scholarship Foundation (ABAWSSF). Once again, Keith Seo was the Master of Ceremonies (the third year in a row).
- On April 11, 2012, Riddell Williams co-hosted a 2L Diversity Fellowship Reception at the University of Washington School of Law. Riddell Williams Diversity Committee Chair, Mindy DeYoung, Professional Development Committee member, Dan Gunter, and Recruiting and HR Manager, Rebecca Misich, participated in an informational panel for law student candidates for Diversity Fellowships. UW's Associate Dean, Michelle Gonzalez, moderated the Q&A session for students, which focused on helpful insights about the firms and the opportunities available.
- The Diversity Committee is pleased to welcome as a new member, Bryce Holland. Mr. Holland also formerly served as the Chair of the Business Side and an Executive Committee Member. In March 2012, Mindy DeYoung was appointed the new Diversity Committee Chair.
- Riddell Williams associate Keith Seo has been highlighted in an article posted in the Northwest Asian Weekly: Legal uncertainty — Are Asian Americans rethinking the law?
While diversity has been a cornerstone of the firm’s values for many years, we formalized a diversity program in the 1990’s. The goal of our Diversity Committee is to examine diversity issues and develop improved ways to attract and retain a diverse workforce. The committee includes principals and associates, and reports regularly to the firm’s executive committee and principals.
Northwest Minority Job Fair
Our firm's participation in this successful job fair has enabled us to interview minority candidates from around the United States.
Mentoring and Training
Riddell Williams has a strong, formal mentoring program, which matches appropriate mentors to all associates to help them achieve their professional development goals. In addition, the firm regularly conducts training programs on a wide variety of issues.
As part of its continuing commitment to promote diversity in the legal profession, Riddell Williams' Diversity Committee held an interview skills workshop at the University of Washington School of Law on May 5, 2011. Recognizing that interview skills can be learned and refined, ultimately increasing the chance of diverse law students receiving job offers, Riddell Williams attorneys and its Human Resources & Recruiting Coordinator offered practical advice on what legal employers are looking for, how interviews are conducted, how to prepare for an interview, and do's and don'ts during an interview. In follow-up to the workshop, Riddell Williams invited participating students to schedule a mock interview to be held at the firm in preparation for the Northwest Minority Job Fair in August and OCI in the fall.
Women Attorney Group
This group holds monthly meetings that encourage informal mentoring, and focus on topics ranging from practice development, marketing, and client service to the opportunities and challenges faced by professional women. The Women Attorney Group also hosts regular events for clients and friends that enable the women attorneys to enrich existing relationships outside the firm. Members of the group engage in a wide variety of civic, volunteer and pro bono activities. Together, these attorneys support community organizations through hands-on volunteer work, and in-kind and monetary donations.
We were one of the first law firms in the Northwest to provide domestic partner benefits, and are pleased that other regional firms have followed our example. Riddell Williams also provides paid parental leave for both male and female associates. Our part-time policy permits attorneys to work a reduced schedule because of child care, family or health concerns, or to pursue civic, artistic, educational, political or other interests.