Inclusion and Diversity Programs


BakerHostetler is proud to launch the Accelerators Program in January 2021. This innovative, year-long professional development program is available only to diverse associates and is designed to provide participants with visibility into important firm administration and operational matters, the path to partnership and leadership opportunities, as well as important skills training for career advancement.

Biennial Diverse Attorney Conference

BakerHostetler hosts a biennial conference for its diverse attorneys to gather with each other and firm management for training and discussion on issues facing diverse attorneys in the legal profession and at the firm. In addition to outside speakers, attorney panels and strategic planning discussions guided by the firm’s affinity group leaders, the conference provides opportunities for informal networking among the firm’s diverse attorneys.

Diversity Fellowship Program

BakerHostetler actively recruits candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives to foster an inclusive workplace. As part of this longstanding commitment to diversity and attracting top candidates with diverse backgrounds, the firm established the BakerHostetler Diversity Fellowship Program.

Open to any second-year law student, successful applicants to the program will receive up to a $25,000 award as well as a position in the BakerHostetler summer associate program. The amount of $10,000 will be paid within the first 30 days of starting in a summer associate position with the firm and the remaining $15,000 is contingent upon receiving and accepting a full-time offer with the firm, to be paid within 30 days of joining the firm as a full-time associate.


This is a merit-based fellowship. Fellowship applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled full time in an ABA-accredited law school and in good standing as a second-year law student at the time of application.
  • A member of one of the underrepresented racial/ethnic groups set forth by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a member of the LGBTQ community or an individual with a disability.
  • Not a recipient of a similar diversity award from another law firm for the same time period.
  • Applicants must spend at least eight weeks with the firm. Splitting time between two offices may be permitted based upon approval of the two offices’ Hiring Partners.
  • A U.S. citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the United States.
Application process

To be considered for the BakerHostetler Diversity Fellowship, candidates must provide the following documents:

Applications will not be considered complete until all materials: application, resume, transcripts, personal statement and names of references, are received by BakerHostetler. A legal writing sample and letters of recommendation are optional but appreciated.

Selection criteria

The Diversity Fellowship Program recognizes law school students who have demonstrated superior academic performance during college and law school, significant personal achievements and strong community involvement. Law school students will need to possess strong oral and written communication skills, demonstrated leadership achievements and a sincere interest in and commitment to joining BakerHostetler.

A selection panel consisting of the firm Chairman, Chair of the Diversity Committee and members of the Diversity Committee will evaluate and select all Diversity Fellows.

Application dates

Applications will be accepted September 30, 2020 - February 26, 2021.

More information

Please contact Leah Fisher, Director of Inclusion and Diversity , ( to learn more about this opportunity or see the Diversity Fellowship FAQs.

Submission information

Please submit your completed application package to:

Attn: Leah Fisher
1170 Peachtree Street Suite 2400
Atlanta, GA 30309-767

Or via email to

New Parent Program

BakerHostetler offers a personalized New Parent Program that encompasses customized resources, expertise and creative support. Each new parent is paired with a partner or “power” mentor and a peer mentor who provide information, support and advocacy for new parents before, during and after they return from parental leave to help make the ramp down and ramp up transitions comfortable and ensure return-to-work project pipelines and opportunities. The firm also offers individualized work-life integration coaching from an outside specialist for attorneys returning from extended parental leave.

Paul D. White Scholarship

In tribute to Paul D. White, the firm’s first minority partner and a pioneer for minorities in the legal profession, a scholarship was created to provide minority law students with valuable experience early in their careers.

The Paul D. White Scholarship is awarded annually to law students of Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Asian, American Indian or Alaska Native descent. The scholarship includes a paid summer clerkship and a $7,500 cash award.

Paul White was respected not only for his professional abilities and accomplishments, but for his integrity and the leadership role he assumed in the Cleveland, Ohio, community. His many accomplishments include:

  • First African-American judge elected in Cleveland.
  • Director of Law, City of Cleveland.
  • Trustee, Cleveland Bar Association and Legal Aid Society.
  • Permanent Delegate to the Judicial Conference of the Eighth District of Ohio.
  • Member, Ohio, American, National and Norman S. Minor Bar Associations.
  • Cleveland Branch, NAACP, Distinguished Service Award.

BakerHostetler’s Atlanta and Houston offices will be offering 2021 Paul White Scholarships for summer associate positions.