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Press Release

Fish & Richardson Honored for Innovations in Diversity and Inclusion

November 13, 2019

Press Release

Fish & Richardson Honored for Innovations in Diversity and Inclusion

November 13, 2019

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Fish & Richardson has been recognized for Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion as part of The Recorder’s California Leaders in Tech Law and Innovations Awards. This is the first time The Recorder, an ALM California legal publication focused on the intersection of law, technology and business, has awarded the honor to a law firm.

The publication recognized Fish for the firm’s 1L Diversity Fellowship Program that has provided annual fellowships to diverse first-year law students throughout the country for 15 years; its EMPOWER Women’s Initiative that holds biennial summits so that women at all experience levels in the firm can meet in-person and off-site for career and professional development; and Fish’s partnership with ChIPs and the Federal Circuit Bar Association to advance the opportunities given to junior lawyers, spearheading a program that has resulted in nearly 30 district court judges issuing orders encouraging opportunities for junior lawyers.

In a Q&A profile published by The Recorder, Kristine McKinney, Fish’s chief legal talent and inclusion officer, discussed the “tremendous commitment from the Fish leadership who are willing to make diversity and inclusion a priority, and provide us with critical people and budget resources to expand our programs and initiatives.”

McKinney also noted that while the firm has 11 offices throughout the U.S., the geographic differences among the offices has led Fish to empower its people to lead locally, making its diversity and inclusion efforts both popular and productive.

Fish was also honored by The Recorder for Innovations in Law Firm Management and firm Principal Juanita Brooks was named a women leader in tech law.