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Greensfelder launches diversity fellowship for first-year law students

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., has announced the launch of its Greensfelder Diversity Fellowship for first-year law students who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity.

greensfelderlogoOne fellowship will be awarded each year for a law student to spend the first part of the summer working at Greensfelder in St. Louis, followed by working in-house in a corporate environment. Next summer, the first Greensfelder Diversity Fellow will work in-house at St. Louis-based BJC HealthCare, one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States.

Successful completion of the fellowship qualifies the student for a summer associate position at Greensfelder the following year, as well as the potential for full-time employment with the firm after law school graduation. The firm’s Diversity Fellow also receives summer associate compensation with potential for additional bonuses, plus ongoing mentoring from a member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee throughout the student’s time in law school.

“Greensfelder is proud to offer its Diversity Fellowship beginning in 2018,” said Abby L. Risner, chair of Greensfelder’s Recruiting Committee and an Officer in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. “At Greensfelder, we recognize that a variety of experiences, backgrounds and ideas enriches our workplace and enables us to better serve our clients. We believe that fostering a diverse law firm culture starts with a commitment to diversity among the best and brightest future lawyers.”

A key part of the Diversity Fellowship application solicits applicants’ responses to the question: “Based on your school and/or work experience, what can law firms do to better recruit and retain diverse candidates so they can grow, thrive and succeed?”

The application deadline for the first Greensfelder Diversity Fellowship is Feb. 1, 2018. Additional information and the fellowship application form is available on the firm’s website at:

Greensfelder places a strong priority not just on the recruitment of diverse attorneys, but also their retention and professional advancement. The firm fosters diversity and inclusion through multiple programs and initiatives. These include:

• An officer mentor program that provides each firm attorney one-on-one career guidance.
• Funding for minority attorney attendance at leadership development programs and conferences.
• Business development training and niche practice-area training support.
• Training for all attorneys and support staff on topics including diversity and inclusion and implicit bias.
• Option for attorneys to work part time (with part-time associates remaining eligible for promotion to Officer); and
• A mentor program for new parents, plus gender-neutral parental leave.

Diversity Fellowship partner BJC HealthCare is the largest employer in Missouri, with 30,000+ employees. BJC delivers services to residents primarily in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and mid-Missouri regions. BJC includes 15 hospitals and multiple health service organizations, and its nationally recognized academic hospitals, Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, are affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine.

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., founded in 1895, is a full-service law firm with offices in St. Louis, Chicago and Belleville. Visit

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