December 18, 2006 (Mountain View and San Francisco, CA) – In the last several months, the Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA) has honored both Fenwick & West and Chairman Gordon Davidson for their efforts and commitment to a diverse working environment.
On November 15, at the Santa Clara County Bar Association Annual Judges' Night dinner, Fenwick & West was honored with the award for "Excellence in Firm Diversity Efforts," which Mr. Davidson accepted from Bar Association President Chris Arriola on the firm's behalf. President Arriola cited a number of firm efforts, but in particular noted that the firm tied some component of partner compensation to mentoring and diversity efforts, a move he said was unprecedented. Fenwick & West was also recognized for their support of the Commission's Diversity Conference.
On October 23, 2006, a blue-ribbon panel of the SCCBA presented Gordon Davidson with an award for Fenwick & West's contribution to diversity in the law. Mr. Davidson is co-chairman of the SCCBA's subcommittee on hiring, retention and advancement.
Fenwick & West's efforts in diversity were cited in the San Jose Mercury News (article linked below) that covered the Diversity Conference.
This honor follows the SCCBA's special recognition in October of Mr. Davidson's contribution to the work of the SCCBA's Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity as the Co-Chair of the Commission's Subcommittee on Hiring, Retention and Promotion. In addition to his co-chair position with the SCCBA, Mr. Davidson was one of the initial signatories to the San Francisco Bar Association's "No Glass Ceiling" initiative, formed in 2001 to increase opportunities for women to serve in leadership positions within the legal profession in the San Francisco Bay Area.
For a link to the full reports, see
San Jose Mercury News article.
SCCBA's President's Page discussing the Blue Ribbon Panel.
Established in 1972, Fenwick & West LLP provides comprehensive legal services to national and international high technology and life sciences clients. Fenwick & West is now ranked as one of the most diverse large law firms in the United States. In 2005, Fenwick & West was granted the second-highest diversity rating by American Lawyer Media. Fenwick & West was also rated the #1 firm for Asian-American attorneys by Multicultural Law Review.