Legal Employers Advancing Diversity in Washington (LEAD-WA)

LEAD-WA was established by the Puget Sound Area Minority Fellowship Program (PSAMFP) Board, to provide opportunities for traditionally underrepresented first-year law students in Washington State. Selected fellows will be offered a paid 1L summer position at one of the participating employers. Students from Seattle University, University of Washington, and Gonzaga law schools participate.

Employer members of the LEAD-WA Fellowship Program will host an information session in late October.

Download complete application instructions:


Law Firm 1L Diversity Fellowship / Scholarship Programs

In November, CPD hosts a 1L Diversity Fellowship reception to give local firms an opportunity to meet with interested students. (Date and time TBA.)

1L Diversity Fellowship/Scholarship ProgramsApplication DeadlineContact
Cairncross & Hempelmann Diversity Fellowship Program TBD Ren Lis
Human Resources Manager
Cooley LLP Diversity Fellowship Program January 10, 2022 Amie Santos
Diversity and Inclusion Director
Cozen O'Connor 1L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship January 28, 2022 Bailey N. Shaffer
Legal Talent Coordinator
Davis Wright Tremaine 1L Diversity Scholarship January 04, 2022 Brook Dormaier
Law Student Recruiting Manager
Dorsey & Whitney Diversity Fellowship January 17, 2022 Kirsten Otto
Recruiting Coordinator
Foster Garvey Kenneth L. Schubert Jr. 1L Diversity Fellowship January 07, 2022 Georgia Woodruff
Director of Legal Talent and Professional Development
Fox Rothschild 1L Diversity Fellowship Program January 21, 2022 Natalie Quinn
Director of Associate Recruitment
Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson
1L Diversity Fellowship
January 07, 2022 Brenda Partridge
Recruiting Coordinator
K&L Gates 1L Diversity Fellowship January 02, 2022 Heidi Thomas
Senior Legal Recruiting Manager
Knobbe Martens 1L Diversity Scholarship January 31, 2022 Stephani Nguyen
Attorney Recruiting Coordinator
Lee & Hayes Meta (Facebook) 1L Diversity Fellowship January 23, 2022 Shelby Ness
Chief Administrative Officer
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn 1L Diversity Fellowship January 05, 2022 Sharae Gross
Chief Talent Officer
Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Fellowship
Visit the job listings page to apply for fellowships.
January 09, 2022 Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt 1L Diversity Fellowship January 11, 2022 Michelle Baird-Johnson
Director of Talent Acquisition and Integration
Stoel Rives 1L Diversity Fellowship January 02, 2022 Kimberly Dunn Jones
Senior Lawyer Recruiter
Van Ness Feldman Seattle 1L Diversity Fellowship January 08, 2022 Saira Rhodes
Marketing & Business Development Manager

Law Firm 2L Diversity Fellowship / Scholarship Programs

Local and national law firms also sponsor 2L diversity programs, which offer paid summer positions and a fellowship/scholarship. Application deadlines range from July through September.

2L Diversity Fellowship/Scholarship Programs Applications Accepted Contact
Helsell Fetterman Richard S. White Fellowship Deadline: July 06, 2022 Mary Farmar
Human Resources Manager
Lane Powell George V. Powell Diversity Scholarship Deadline: July 30, 2021 Dorianna Phillips
Manager of Attorney Recruiting

National Diversity Fellowship / Scholarship Programs

Review the NALP Member Diversity Fellowships/Scholarships for additional opportunities offered by national employers outside the Seattle area. Fellowship/Scholarship amounts vary by employer, but in general range from $7,500 - $15,000.


Specialized Diversity Fellowship / Scholarship Programs

Specialized Diversity Fellowship/Scholarship ProgramsApplication DeadlineContact
Davis Wright Tremaine 1L Patent Prosecution Diversity Scholarship December 30, 2021 Brook Dormaier
Law Student Recruiting Manager
Latham & Watkins 1L Diversity Scholars Program/Leadership Academy February 01, 2022 Grace McLeod
Global Recruiting Assistant
Perkins Coie 1L Patent Litigation and Patent Fellowships* January 09, 2022 Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
Perkins Coie 1L Political Law Diversity Fellowship (Washington, DC)* January 09, 2022 Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
Perkins Coie 1L Privacy & Data Security Fellowship (Seattle, Palo Alto, Washington, DC)* January 09, 2022 Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
Perkins Coie 1L Technology Transactions & Privacy Diversity Fellowship (Seattle only)* January 09, 2022 Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
Perkins Coie 1L Product Liability Diversity Fellowship (Seattle)* January 09, 2022 Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
Perkins Coie 1L Two Steps Ahead Scholars Program (Palo Alto only)* January 09, 2022 Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
Perkins Coie 1L Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Fellowship (Palo Alto only)* January 09, 2022 Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Clerkship Review TCDIP website for application instructions and important dates Varies by employer – see website for details

See all open opportunities at Perkins Coie on its Summer Program jobs listings page.

Contact CPD

Center for Professional Development
Sullivan Hall 200
901 12th Avenue
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
206-398-4100
lawcareers@seattleu.edu