At Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, we believe diversity within our ranks makes us better lawyers and a stronger law firm, and is therefore an integral part of our ability to provide the highest quality legal services to our clients. Accordingly, we proudly value our racial, ethnic, cultural, social, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious and other personal differences. We demonstrate this commitment not only by seeking qualified candidates from across the nation's law schools, but also by supporting various diversity initiatives in the communities where we practice. We are committed to the promotion of greater diversity throughout our communities and the legal profession.
“Diversity and inclusion are core values of the firm because they strengthen our bond with both our clients and communities.”
-- Kevin Bernstein, Chair of the Management Committee
The firm's diversity committee, comprised of members, associates and staff, is charged with advancing the firm's diversity goals by, among other things, developing and implementing firm-wide diversity initiatives. The committee reports directly to the firm's management committee.
Additionally, Bond member Clifford G. Tsan is the firm’s diversity and professional development leader. In that role, Cliff works to develop, support and implement firm policies and programs to enhance diversity and inclusion within the firm. In collaboration with other firm committees, the diversity and professional development leader also creates and implements initiatives and processes, including a robust mentoring program, to ensure the professional development of all of Bond’s associate attorneys. Bond's goal is not merely to recruit exceptionally talented individuals from all backgrounds but also to help them develop their potential to the greatest extent possible and advance to leadership positions both inside and outside the firm.
“I am honored and excited that Bond has entrusted me with the opportunity to spend a substantial amount of my time enhancing attorney diversity, inclusion and professional development at the firm. Each of us brings our own uniquely individual backgrounds to the table. When pulled together, the diversity of these experiences adds insights and perspectives to our services and capabilities. Our clients benefit from that, and so do we.”
-- Clifford Tsan, Diversity and Professional Development Leader
At Bond, we believe in recruiting and advancing the best and brightest attorneys from all backgrounds, and Bond’s leadership committees have long included attorneys of color and women. Our attorneys also demonstrate their commitment to diversity in the legal profession by serving on local and state bar associations and committees dedicated to diversity and inclusion, including (to name just a few) the New York State Bar Association Committees on Minorities in the Profession and Women in the Law, the Central New York Women’s Bar Association, the Asian American Bar Association of New York, the Rochester Black Bar Association, and the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association. And each year, Bond sponsors numerous bar association events related to diversity and inclusion.
The M. Catherine Richardson Clerkship Program
The M. Catherine Richardson Clerkship Program offers paid 1L summer clerkship positions to first-year law students hailing from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. The Program is named after retired Bond member M. Catherine Richardson, who has been a true pioneer and champion of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. A graduate of Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude), Catherine practiced her entire legal career as a lawyer at Bond and, in 1986, became the first woman elected to the firm’s membership. She was also the first female President of the Onondaga County Bar Association (1987) and the second female President of the New York State Bar Association (1996-1997). Her extraordinary commitment to the profession also includes service as President of the New York Bar Foundation (2009-2012); Chair of the Foundation Fellows (2005-2008); member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association (2003-2006); and current board member and past President of the ABA Retirement Fund.
Students selected for The M. Catherine Richardson Clerkship Program will participate in the same assignments and events as students in the firm’s traditional 2L summer associate program. In addition to this Program, the firm also participates in local bar association diversity clerkship programs, such as the programs administered by the Monroe County Bar Association and the Albany County Bar Association.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC continues to provide all employees and applicants an equal employment opportunity in the manner required by law in all aspects of employment regardless of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, military status, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, or any other status protected by local, state, or federal law.