Diversity

At Keker, Van Nest & Peters, we recognize the importance of diversity in the legal profession, and we think one of the best ways to do it is to encourage and support lawyers from underrepresented groups inside and outside of our firm. Being an effective trial lawyer is ultimately about communicating with a broad audience: judges, juries, witnesses and clients. We recognize that our strength, in part, comes from the varied perspectives of a diverse group of attorneys. We welcome attorneys who will contribute diversity to our firm so that it can reflect the community as a whole.

Commitment to Diversity

As a firm, we pay more than lip service to diversity goals. We recognize that fostering diversity in the workplace requires thoughtful and continuous effort. Our firm was an original signatory to the No Glass Ceiling Initiative of the Bar Association of San Francisco in May 2002 and, having successfully met those goals, we renewed our commitment in 2010. We are also a signatory to the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Goals and Timetables for Minority Hiring and Advancement and are meeting BASF’s current goals. While we are proud of our diversity numbers (23% of our partners are people of color and 23% are women, compared to the national average of 7% and 22%, respectively), we know that there is more work to be done within our firm and to diversify the legal profession overall, and we are committed to affecting that change.

To that end, we have created a formal diversity committee, comprised of partners and associates (56% women and 44% people of color), that works to help build a more diverse and inclusive firm, including evaluating how we attract and hire candidates and how we develop and retain attorneys. The diversity committee meets monthly and recommends best practices to ensure success for lawyers from underrepresented groups. As a result, we have continued, strengthened, or implemented the following initiatives:

  • Networking and education events for lawyers from underrepresented groups
  • Mentorship programs
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • One of the most generous leave policies of any law firm nationwide
  • Participation in minority job fairs, student groups, and pipeline programs
  • Collaborative efforts with community groups and bar associations
  • Support of law students of color and minority bar organizations
  • Charitable giving and financial support of various minority-related organizations

The firm acknowledges that we can do more to advance diversity efforts, and we’ll continue to add to this list as we build out and improve our diversity and inclusion strategy.

Recognitions

Our commitment to diversity at every level—within the firm, in the legal profession, and through legal work on issues related to diversity—has been publicly recognized numerous times.

  • In 2017, we received the California Bar Foundation’s Leading Change Diversity Award.
  • In 2013, we won the California State Bar's Diversity Award.
  • In 2012, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (APABA-SV) chose Keker, Van Nest & Peters for its 2012 Law Firm Diversity Award.
  • In 2009, the Minority Bar Coalition, a network of more than 25 diverse bar associations, recognized Keker, the firm’s exemplary work to further diversity by awarding us the Diversity Champion award.

Although we are proud of these recognitions, we know there is more work to be done, and we are committed to doing it.

The Keker, Van Nest & Peters Diversity Scholarship

We also understand that the skyrocketing cost of a legal education hinders many individuals from underrepresented communities hoping to enter our profession, and so have launched the Keker, Van Nest & Peters Diversity Scholarship to benefit law students from underrepresented groups. We offer up to $75,000 in scholarships on an annual basis.

Staff Contact

Holly Saydah

(415) 773-6649
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