Diversity

Diversity

Northwest Minority Job Fair

Lane Powell is a founding co-sponsor of the Northwest Minority Job Fair (Job Fair). The purpose of the Job Fair is to provide a forum for minority law students and attorneys to interview with a variety of legal employers. Typically, more than 150 applicants from 35 law schools nationwide interview with approximately 30 employers including law firms from Washington and Oregon, as well as local and national agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Labor Relations Board. The Job Fair also funds scholarships awarded by the Asian Bar Association of Washington, the Hispanic Bar Association, the Loren Miller Bar Association and the Northwest Indian Bar Association.

From its inception in 1987, Lane Powell has been an active member of the Job Fair’s Board, and our attorneys and staff have helped administer the program. From its inception through 1991 and again in 1999, Lane Powell hosted the Job Fair. In 1992, the Washington State Bar Association presented Lane Powell with its “Affirmative Action Award” (now called the “Excellence in Diversity Award”) in recognition of our contributions to the Job Fair. It was the first time a firm, rather than an individual, received the award.  Most recently, Lane Powell hosted the 25th anniversary Job Fair, which included speakers John L. McKay, former United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington and current professor of Seattle University School of Law, and the Honorable Richard A. Jones, United States District Court Judge for the Western District of Washington.  Professor McKay is one of the founding board members, as is Judge Jones who continues to serve on the board of directors.

Lane Powell received a 2011 Legal Marketing Association “Your Honor Award” in the Community Relations category (Northwest Chapter) for participation in the Northwest Minority Job Fair and for continued commitment to diversifying the legal community.