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 FELLOWSHIP FOR LAW STUDENTS
Banner & Witcoff’s Donald W. Banner Diversity Fellowship Program (“Fellowship”) was created to strengthen diversity and inclusion in the field of intellectual property law.
Banner & Witcoff will award $5,000 in law school tuition or other school-related expenses to Fellowship recipients upon completion of their 1L clerkship in the firm’s summer program. If a 1L student returns to the firm’s summer program for any part of their 2L summer and accepts a full-time position with Banner & Witcoff, the student will receive an additional $5,000 financial award payable toward their law school tuition or other school-related expenses.
The firm will award $5,000 in tuition or other school-related expenses to 2L Fellowship recipients upon completion of their 2L clerkship in the firm’s summer program. If a 2L candidate accepts a full-time position with Banner & Witcoff, the candidate will receive an additional $5,000 award payable toward their law school tuition or other school-related expenses.