Selendy Gay Elsberg was conceptualized with diversity, equity and inclusion at the very heart of our culture.
We took a comprehensive look at diversity efforts in our industry as well as our own infrastructure, recruiting and training efforts. We considered, among many factors, the host of challenges faced by groups who have historically been underrepresented in the legal profession. We examined our own implicit biases and thought critically about how we can be an anti-racist institution.
Out of that examination, we've developed an innovative new program—the Selendy Gay Elsberg Fellowship—that focuses on attracting, retaining and nurturing outstanding racially diverse candidates and first-generation college students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Read on for more information about:
- Program details
- The application process
About the Fellowship
The Selendy Gay Elsberg Fellowship provides long-term, individually-tailored training, mentoring and post-recruitment support to diverse talent in order to help recipients achieve their long-term potential. Through the Fellowship, candidates will have access to long-term professional and personal support, while giving them the agency to opt in and out based on their specific needs and goals. This support will be bespoke and will include (but not be limited to):
- Critical access to scarce resources (such as dedicated access to senior partner time);
- Ongoing writing support from a professional coach;
- One-on-one business networking coaching;
- Training on how to effectively “manage up” and cultivate personal leadership skills; and
- Access to a suite of outside coaches, from which Fellows will personally select who they wish to work with.
Fellows will also receive a $30,000 payment made in tranches.
The Fellowship will be open to 2Ls, 3Ls, and lateral associates (including clerks) who are racially diverse or are first generation college students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Please note: Only candidates who separately apply for and receive an offer of employment with the Firm are eligible to be considered for a Fellowship. While we encourage you to submit a Fellowship application at the same time you apply for employment with the Firm, we will notify you of our decision on this application only after we extend an offer of employment.
Applicants are asked to tell us about a time when they’ve overcome adversity. The essay should describe how the experience impacted their sense of resilience. Responses should be limited to 1,000 words and double-spaced, and the essay should be attached as a separate Word document to the application linked below.