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 Hiring and Diversity Committee hires, develops, retains and promotes diverse talent.
Female attorneys lead half of Ryan Swanson’s most visible committees and practice groups and are active in women’s organizations throughout the legal community. 60% of the firm’s employees are women; 33% of Ryan Swanson’s members are women, and 66% of our associates are women.
Since 2009 our female attorneys’ women’s group has helped 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.
Hiring diverse attorneys and staff is a goal of our firm’s management and Hiring and Diversity Committee. 43% of the firm’s employees are minorities and the Immigration Group includes attorneys, paralegals and staff of various ethnicities and language abilities.
For the past two summers, Ryan Swanson has participated in the Legal Employers Advancing Diversity in Washington’s (“LEAD-WA”) 1L Diversity Fellowship Program. LEAD-WA is a Washington non-profit dedicated to increasing the number of diverse lawyers practicing in Washington. LEAD-WA was established by the Puget Sound Area Minority Fellowship Program (“PSAMFP”) Board, to continue providing opportunities for traditionally underrepresented diverse law students in law firms and corporate law environments. Ryan Swanson will interview candidates from the University of Washington and Seattle University Law Schools.
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
- South Asian Bar Association
- Vietnamese American Bar Association
Other Women/Minority Association Participation
- Washington Women Lawyers
- 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
- Northwest Immigrant’s Rights Project
- PSBJ Women of Influence
- University of Washington Public Interest Law Association
- Vietnamese Student Association
- Women Business Owners
Czech, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Kapampangan, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog.
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.