Alston & Bird visits more than 50 law school campuses and job fairs each year, including minority job fairs hosted by HNBA (Hispanic National Bar Association), NLGLA (National Lesbian & Gay Law Association) Career Fair and Lavender Law Conference, NLLSA (National Latina/o Law Student Association), BLSA (Black Law Students Association), the DuPont Minority and Southeastern Job Fairs and the Sunbelt Minority Recruitment Program. We also support numerous diverse student organizations at law schools around the country.
As part of the firm’s commitment to engaging our summer associates in our diversity efforts from day one, we hold several events each year in collaboration with the Attorney Hiring Department. One such event is a Meet Your Diversity Committee Lunch & Learn that allows summer associates to meet with the Regional Diversity Committee members in their offices in order to learn first-hand details behind the firm’s diversity program and strategic plan. We also begin our annual firm-wide summer associate retreat in Atlanta with a formal gathering at the Martin Luther King National Historic Site, a historically and culturally significant landmark that serves as an excellent introduction to the firm’s unyielding commitment to diversity.
In 2011, Alston & Bird began an annual tradition of hosting receptions for first-year law students in our various markets. These events are open to all students who are interested in learning more about our efforts in this area, and are co-hosted by the office Diversity Committees and the Attorney Hiring Department.
The On the Path to Law newsletter is published by Alston & Bird and distributed to law schools and diverse student organizations throughout the country. Its purpose is to help law students navigate their way through the interviewing and hiring processes. The newsletter features many of our diverse attorneys who share stories and advice from their own path to the law.
The firm participates in a number of pipeline programs in our various offices, including the Gate City Bar Association’s Justice Robert Benham Law Camp, the State Bar of Georgia Diversity Program’s Pipeline Project, the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association’s annual pipeline event, Lighting the Path to Legal Education, the Florida State University Minority Business Society’s annual corporate tour and the Ballou High School in Washington, D.C.
The firm is a sponsor of the Mexican American Bar Foundation (MABF). MABF provides financial assistance to men and women of Chicano and Latino heritage in support of their pursuit of legal careers.
Alston & Bird LLP is also a contributor to the American Bar Association's Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund and a participant in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Legal Diversity Clerkship Program.