One of Farella Braun + Martel’s core values is Success Through Teamwork, Diversity and Respect. We believe that our firm’s success is founded upon a diverse workforce that celebrates individual differences, and we strive to cultivate an inclusive culture at all levels within our firm. We are committed to hiring attorneys, law students and staff members from diverse backgrounds and providing expanded opportunities for them to advance in the practice of law.
As part of our commitment to diversity, Farella Braun + Martel also recognizes the value of increasing diversity within the legal profession as a whole, and we award annual Diversity Scholarships to support outstanding diverse Bay Area law students. Over the past thirteen years, we have awarded more than $260,000 to fifty-nine local first year law students. This year, Farella Braun + Martel will award a total of $30,000 in scholarship grants, to be divided equally between three law student recipients.
Scholarship applicants must be current first-year, full- or part-time (attending first-year classes) law students who are students of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, disabled, or whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of the legal profession. Recipients must currently attend one of the following local law schools: University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall); University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall); University of California, Hastings College of the Law; Stanford Law School; Santa Clara University, School of Law; or the University of San Francisco, School of Law.
Our scholarship committee is composed of attorneys at the firm, and may also include representatives of firm clients that co-sponsor the scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be selected based upon a combination of merit and financial need. With respect to merit, the committee will consider each applicant's academic and extracurricular accomplishments, background, activities, obligations and commitment to community service. Need, as interpreted by the committee, will be determined based upon the applicant's and the applicant's family's income; the applicant's sources of financial aid, including loans, grants, fellowships and scholarships, if any; assets, if any; expenses; and expected income during the summer. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate a commitment to working and living in the Bay Area.
Additional information on diversity at Farella Braun + Martel may be found in our Diversity Statement and the 2014 Scholarship Press Release. For more information, please contact Steven Vettel or Amanda Hairston, Diversity Committee Co-Chairs.