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Diversity at Ryan Swanson

Diversity

The people at Ryan Swanson come from diverse cultural, social, ethnic, religious and racial backgrounds. It’s important we reflect the diversity of the community around us.

Our Professional Recruiting Committee hires, develops, retains and promotes diverse talent. This year, 79 percent of our summer associates are women and 29 percent are minorities.

Women

Female attorneys have led some of Ryan Swanson’s most visible committees and practice groups, and are active in women’s organizations throughout the legal community.

In 2009, our female attorneys formed a women’s group to facilitate networking and professional development in the community. The group meets regularly to plan social events to reconnect with existing clients, meet new business leaders and support local organizations.

Minority Report

20 percent of the firm’s employees are minorities and the Immigration Group includes attorneys, paralegals and staff with diverse backgrounds and language abilities. Hiring diverse attorneys and staff is a goal of our firm’s management and Professional Recruiting Committee.

We actively participate in a number of organizations that promote diversity, like specialty bar associations, networking groups, and charitable functions. Below are some of the areas where we have supported diverse organizations in the local legal and business communities:

Summer Associate Recruiting

  • Minority Job Fair
  • Seattle University
  • University of Washington

Minority Bar Association Involvement

  • Asian Bar Association
  • Korean American Bar Association
  • Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington
  • Northwest Indian Bar Association
  • South Asian Bar Association
  • Vietnamese American Bar Association

Other Women/Minority Association Participation

  • Washington Women Lawyers
  • MAMAS
  • Women Business Owners

Women/Minority Charitable Involvement/Contributions

  • Access to Justice
  • Ayni Education International
  • British American Business Council
  • Campaign for Equal Justice
  • Canada America Society
  • Future of the Law Institute
  • King County Bar Foundation Minority Scholarship
  • King County Washington Women Lawyers
  • MAMAS
  • Northwest Immigrant’s Rights Project
  • PSBJ Women of Influence
  • University of Washington Public Interest Law Association
  • Vietnamese Student Association
  • Women Business Owners

Languages Spoken

Czech, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Swedish.

The firm has also committed to working with clients to routinely staff its matters with female and minority attorneys. This commitment is an opportunity to further the development of female and minority lawyers in conjunction with client diversity goals.

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