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.

Paul D. White Scholarship Program

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, Cleveland, Columbus, Houston and Washington D.C. offices will be offering 2021 Paul White Scholarships for summer associate positions.


Dee Driscole
Manager of Attorney Recruitment and Development