Commitment to Diversity
At Banner & Witcoff we believe that people with diverse experiences produce creative thinking, multiple perspectives on issues, and innovative problem-solving techniques in the practice of intellectual property law. That is why we are committed to creating and fostering a firm culture that values the differences among its attorneys, legal professionals, and support staff. Differences in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual-orientation, education, culture, religion, age, physical ability, and socioeconomic background strengthen our successes as a firm through better representation of our clients and our employees
With this understanding, Banner & Witcoff is dedicated to diversity, equal opportunity, and a culture of mutual respect within the firm and in our relationships with our clients. Our firm is committed to recruiting, retaining, mentoring, and promoting a diverse workforce. Banner & Witcoff is also engaged in organizations which promote diversity within the legal spectrum. Finally, we have implemented a strong equal opportunity policy that values the differences of individual attorneys and support staff to ensure that our commitments are met.
Banner & Witcoff participated as an Underwriter of the Law Firm Diversity Database in 2016. The database is produced by Vault and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and includes valuable benchmarking information about the diversity programs at more than 250 major law firms. Please click here for more information about the firm and its diversity initiatives.
DONALD W. BANNER DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP FOR LAW STUDENTS
Banner & Witcoff is proud to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds. Law students who meet the selection criteria and have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applicants may not be a current or past employee of Banner & Witcoff, or directly related to a current employee of Banner & Witcoff.
2018 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
The 2018 Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship was awarded to UCLA law student Priyank Patel. The scholarship program will provide Mr. Patel with $5,000 for his fall semester of law school.