Firm Establishes The Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP Diversity Fellowship

April 2, 2012

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has launched the Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP Diversity Fellowship. We believe that a workforce made up of people from diverse social, racial, and cultural backgrounds results in a dynamic and supportive workplace for our attorneys and staff and enhances our ability to provide the highest-quality representation for our clients. We are proud to offer the Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP Diversity Fellowship as part of our ongoing commitment to recruiting, retaining, and promoting attorneys who contribute to the diversity of our firm and our profession.

Partner and co-Chair of the Firm’s Diversity Committee, Peter Harvey stated, “Our Diversity Fellowship is merely one of our firm's endeavors to ensure that the legal profession attracts and advances the career paths of persons who have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession. At Patterson, we know that intellectual talent and personal qualities that make a lawyer successful are not confined to a particular group. Our high-quality work for our clients is enhanced by the contributions of persons who have different experiences and ideas. Additionally, the dynamic culture of our firm is enriched by a diverse workforce. We hope that serious-minded lawyers who share our commitment to a diverse legal profession will apply for the Fellowship and join our effort."

Details regarding the Diversity Fellowship and eligibility requirements are as follows:

The Fellowship Program

The Fellowship, which includes an award of up to $15,000, will be offered to an exceptional rising second-year law student who shows the promise both of becoming an outstanding attorney and of contributing meaningfully to the diversity of Patterson Belknap and the legal community. The Fellowship will be awarded in the course of the regular fall recruiting season for summer associate positions and the Fellow will participate in the regular summer associate program at the Firm in the year after the Fellowship is awarded.

In addition to a paid position as a 2L summer associate, the Fellow will receive $5,000 on the first day as a 2L summer associate, $5,000 upon acceptance of an offered position as an associate at Patterson Belknap and $5,000 on the first day of joining the firm as an associate.


The recipient of the Fellowship must demonstrate academic excellence and leadership abilities, together with personal and professional accomplishments and a commitment to community service. The recipient should demonstrate the potential to be successful in the legal profession and to be a meaningful contributor to the diversity of our firm and the legal community. All applicants must be entering their second year in good standing pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at an ABA accredited law school.

We will accept applications for the 2013 Fellowship until July 20, 2012. We encourage applicants to submit an application as soon as possible. Applicants may send their first-year law school transcript upon receipt of it. To learn more about our application requirements, please click here.