AFDiversity

Diversity produces different perspectives, richer thinking, and more creative solutions.
37%
Women lawyers represent 37 percent of Arent Fox attorneys, including 25 percent of partners - exceeding the national average of 19 percent.
50%
Since 2001, nearly 50 percent of attorneys promoted to partner firmwide were women.
15%
Minority lawyers represent nearly 15 percent of the firm’s attorneys, exceeding the national average of 12 percent.
Vault consistently ranks Arent Fox in the top 25 for its efforts to increase and support diversity. Arent Fox is ranked by Vault as among the nation’s top 25 Law Firms for Overall Diversity, as well as Diversity for Minorities, Diversity for Women, and Diversity for LGBT.
Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Arent Fox has a Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which is led by the firm’s chairman and includes many members of our senior management team. The Committee’s goals are to recruit, retain, and promote lawyers of color, women, and LGBT lawyers, while ensuring that firm resources are dedicated for training, mentoring, and business development.
DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP
Each year, the firm awards a Diversity Scholarship to three minority first-year law students, each of whom receives $15,000, as well as a position in the firm’s summer associate program. Since its conception in 2006, the firm has awarded 25 scholarships and recognized 33 finalists throughout the country.
Thank you for your interest in The Diversity Scholarship Program!
The deadline for submitting applications has past and we are no longer accepting applications. We will interview scholarship applicants in February and announce the winners in March 2016. Please note: We do not have any openings for first-year law students outside of the Diversity Scholarship Program. We encourage you to apply in August 2016, when we begin second-year law student recruitment.

The firm will award three first-year law students in our Washington, New York, and Los Angeles offices with the following:

  • Scholarship of $15,000
  • Position in the 2016 Summer Program
  • Opportunity to attend the “Leadership Council on Legal Diversity” Conference for 1L Scholars in Chicago, IL
Former Recipients

Arent Fox’s 2016 Summer Program will last for 10 weeks; from May 23 through July 29, 2016. The summer associate salary is $3,000 per week, and the scholarship recipient will receive the $15,000 award in July 2016. All scholarship recipients are expected to participate in the 2016 Summer Program, as well as attend the “Leadership Council on Legal Diversity” Conference for 1L Scholars in Chicago, IL.

Arent Fox LLP advocates for women lawyers’ leadership firm wide, across industries, and within our community. We aim to promote professional development and foster business connections. The firm is dedicated to promoting its women lawyers through the Women’s Initiative, AFWomen. This commitment is reflected in the initiative’s three pillars, “Lead. Develop. Connect.”

Our Pillars

  • LEAD: We ensure that women continue to serve and be represented on firm wide committees, with the ultimate goal of transitioning into leadership roles.
  • DEVELOP: The initiative facilitates mentoring and training opportunities for the retention of Arent Fox’s women lawyers.
  • CONNECT: AFWomen creates business development and networking opportunities for our lawyers and their counterparts in the business world.

Women in Focus: Leadership

  • Firm Wide | Arent Fox is committed to advancing women into leadership roles. Female partners serve as practice leaders, on the executive committee as well as on the member compensation, associate evaluation, professional development, pro bono, and employment committees.
  • In the Industry | Our women lawyers are committed to and recognized by legal and business communities outside of Arent Fox. Our female lawyers have served in leadership roles such as chair of the ABA’s Health Law and Intellectual Property Law Sections, President of the New York State Bar Association, President of the National Association of Women Lawyers, as an executive officer of the Women’s Division of the New York Institute of Credit, Legal Aid Society’s Board of Trustees, and board member of the SF Bar Association Justice & Diversity Center.
  • In our Communities | Arent Fox attorneys invest significant time and effort in our community. Nearly 20 of our women lawyers serve in leadership positions for non-legal organizations.

AFWomen by the Numbers

  • 37% | of Arent Fox attorneys are women, exceeding the national average of 19%
  • 25% | of our partners are women
  • 50% | of attorneys promoted to partner firm wide were women over the last decade

Active Engagement: AFWomen’s Programs

AFWomen sponsors programs that exemplifies the initiative’s three pillars, “Lead. Develop. Connect.” Including:

  • Constitution Day: Women in Prisons Panel
  • The Library Foundation of Los Angeles’s "Homer in Hollywood"
  • SF Women Tech Dinner
  • Celebration of Influential Women in Business & Law with Renowned DC Chef Ris Lacoste
  • Speaker Series: Minority Women in Law
  • How Women Approach Business Panelo
  • Williams-Sonoma Shop for a Cause Event

AFWomen sponsors the following organizations:

  • SABA-DC Public Interest Fellowship
  • Corporate Counsel for Women of Color
  • Leadership Institute for Women of Color
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • National Women’s Law Center
  • Women’s Bar Association
  • Women Who Mean Business

Committee Leadership
Deborah Froling
Partner, Co-Chair
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Barbara Wahl
Partner, Co-Chair
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OUTFOX
Arent Fox is Advancing Equality in Your World

Inclusive Counsel

Arent Fox proudly welcomes and supports its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) attorneys, staff, and clients. The firm works hard to remain an industry leader in maintaining an inclusive environment that values and supports LGBT professionals.

Active Engagement

OutFox, the firm’s LGBT Initiative, meets regularly to review firm policy, plan professional development events, organize networking and social activities, and discuss pro bono and other charitable-giving opportunities.

By helping to connect LGBT and allied lawyers, paralegals, and alumni, OutFox works to foster a stronger professional and social network within the firm.

Key Contacts

Hunter T. Carter
Partner, NY
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Christopher Norton
Partner, DC
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Partners on Diversity
When it comes to diversity, we don’t just talk the talk. To us, diversity is a no-brainer. You don’t only see it in our policy manual. You see it in our people.
Mark M. Katz
Chairman
“At Arent Fox, we view diversity as an integral part of the firm’s mission of providing first-rate legal counsel and exceptional service. Values of equality and respect are the foundation of our partnership and the building block to promoting diversity throughout the firm.”
Cristina A. Carvalho
Managing Partner
“Going back to my first job interview with Arent Fox, I knew this was a firm where anyone with talent, no matter their background, could succeed. Nearly 20 years later, I am happy to say that my initial impression could not have been more accurate and now one of my priorities is to make sure the firm continues to be an inclusive environment where diverse talents can flourish.”
Darrell S. Gay
Partner
“Arent Fox embraces different ideas and perspectives. My colleagues know that working with a diverse group of attorneys can help us be better lawyers – and that is why we are all here.”
AF Veterans
At Arent Fox, we respect the efforts of the men and women who serve their country in the military, including our fellow partners and staff who have volunteered during times of war. Our firm reflects the diversity found in the range of clients we counsel and values those at Arent Fox who have served across every branch of the armed forces and become an integral part of our social fabric.

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We reject the conventional wisdom that law firms should be run as corporations, with a top-down, highly centralized management structure. We are a partnership engaged in a collaborative enterprise and driven by an entrepreneurial spirit. If that sounds like you, we’d love to chat.