April 29, 2014

Polsinelli is pleased to announce the creation of the firm’s National Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Program, an annual scholarship program designed to promote a more diverse culture within the legal community through support and recruitment of talented diverse students from the nation’s top law schools.

“Our firm’s core values of diversity rest on the foundation of acceptance, pursuit and promotion of diversity and inclusion,” Polsinelli Chairman Russ Welsh said. “We firmly believe that embracing a culture of diversity positively impacts our clients’ experiences with our firm.”

The firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Program is one component of our firm’s overall inclusion objectives. Its purpose is to integrate the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion with efforts to recruit the best diverse candidates from the nation’s top law schools.

Polsinelli’s fellowship program will award scholarship funds for second or third year law students. The firm’s definition of diversity is broad and encompasses not only race, gender, ethnicity, but also the LGBT community as well as those of differing social, religious or economic backgrounds.

“Diversity is not a problem to be solved, but rather an opportunity to be seized,” Welsh said. “We affirm a diverse and inclusive culture, not because it’s how others see us but rather because it’s how we see things.”

Polsinelli is committed not only to diversity at the firm but also within the profession. A number of attorneys are in leadership positions with various Bar Associations including:

  • Tiffany Harper serving as President of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago;
  • Melissa Ho is the past president of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association (2009-2010);
  • George Jackson who is the immediate past President of the Federal Bar Association Chicago Chapter;
  • Paula Kim who is the President of the Korean American Bar Association of Chicago.

For more information contact Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael, 816-223-8780, 

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*Law360, March 2014