Diversity

It has always been our goal to hire a diverse group of interesting individuals who are also excellent lawyers.  Our lawyers hail from 90 law schools from around the world, and many have had significant careers before joining the firm—as journalists, business executives, and academics, including professors of English, political science, foreign languages, and philosophy.

Steptoe is as proud of our accomplishments outside the office as of our victories in the legal arena.  Sharing the rich diversity of our experiences—both at work and beyond the office environment—increases substantially the rewards associated with the practice of law.

New Associates

Steptoe is committed to recruit the best and the brightest lawyers from law schools around the world.  The firm regularly sponsors and attends minority conferences, receptions, and job fairs.  Steptoe lawyers are actively involved in Black Law Students Association and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association events and Hispanic National Bar Association recruiting fairs in chapters across the country.

In addition, the firm periodically contacts law school placement directors to seek their advice and request their assistance in encouraging minority candidates to consider joining Steptoe. Our lawyers volunteer at a number of law schools for mock interview programs. Steptoe has also sponsored and assisted in the coordination of the Annual Washington, DC, Minority Summer Associate Reception since its inception in the 1970s.

Laterals

Whether you are practicing at another law firm or have had a distinguished career in the government sector, Steptoe believes recruiting diverse individuals creates an environment that is beneficial to both attorneys and clients. 

Steptoe's Diversity Initiatives

Diversity at Steptoe means more than just hiring lawyers from all walks of life.  It also means fostering an inclusive working environment once you join the firm. 

Our Diversity Committee was created to assist in the recruiting, retention, development, and advancement of female and minority lawyers within the firm.  Lawyers from the Diversity Committee participate in job fairs and conferences aimed at minority recruiting, as well as serve as on-campus recruiters.

Multicultural Attorneys at Steptoe (MAS) meet regularly to support diverse attorneys in matters related to retention, advancement, and business development. Additionally, Steptoe has an in-house Women’s Forum that provides support to our women lawyers at all levels in connection with career advancement and business development.