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Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Olshan's Diversity & Inclusion Committee is dedicated to fostering a diverse environment and promoting an inclusive culture in all aspects of firm life. We seek to engage with our community through a variety of professional and community-wide events and via free and open discussion with firm leadership.

Our programs and activities, which include participating in conferences, forums, networking events; in-house panels and roundtables on diversity topics; and social and volunteer activities, serve the following goals:

  • Supporting diversity recruitment;
  • Client and community engagement; and
  • Career development and mentoring.

The D&I Committee is led by partner Adrienne Ward, with support from Co-Administrative Partner Steven Gursky and Recruitment Manager Heather Rutner.  All Olshan attorneys, from the most senior to law clerks, are invited to participate on the D&I Committee.

News Highlights

Adrienne Ward Moderates City Bar Panel on Women Maintaining their Community in the Professional World

Olshan Litigation partner Adrienne Ward was appointed to New York City Bar Committee on Women in the Legal Profession.

Firm Sponsored Events

Sponsorship of Fiesta Con Sabor, the annual fundraiser by the Rutgers Law School Association of Latin American Law Students (ALALS)

Participation and roundtable presentation in the Thurgood Marshall Professional Development Series at the City Bar, a series that provides NYC high school students, mostly from Queens and Brooklyn, the opportunity to learn about interviewing and workplace conduct and to engage with attorneys and legal professionals.  

Co-Sponsorship of the Pride Celebration at the New York City Bar

Olshan Sponsors Women in Law & Leadership Summit 

Olshan Sponsors Startup Law 101 for Women Entrepreneurs

In-Firm Events and Community Outreach

To bring people together during COVID-19 and celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the D&I committee sponsored, in lieu of its annual potluck, a virtual potluck. The celebration included a cookbook and Zoom program featuring demonstration cooking videos by staff and attorneys.

D&I Committee virtually celebrates 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution 

D&I Committee screens the documentary “13th” and hosts a roundtable discussion in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

D&I Committee sponsors annual Winter Wishes participation

D&I Committee sponsors annual Thanksgiving Pot Luck Luncheon.

Firm participation in Monday Night Hospitality

D&I Committee sponsors Take your Children to Work


D&I Committee panel, How She Got There

D&I Committee panel, Parenting Roundtable

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