DIVERSITY & INCLUSION COMMITMENT

“We believe that the ‘practice of law’ is advanced by a more diverse legal team – with diversity of background, upbringing, education, and perspective comes quality legal innovation.”

– John Harrity

Our Diversity Mission – to promote and nurture a respectful, highly engaged, family friendly, and inclusive culture that values the diversity of our talented team with diverse backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, skills/talents, and capabilities.

THE ROONEY RULE 2.0

At Harrity & Harrity, we are committed to The Rooney Rule 2.0, a hiring policy that shows that our firm’s commitment to Diversity is not just lip service.

The Rooney Rule is a National Football League policy that requires league teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior football operation jobs. The Rooney Rule 2.0 means that we are committed to interviewing a female or minority candidate for every male, non-minority candidate we interview for any position at our firm.

DIVERSITY COMMITTEE

Elaine Spector, Diversity

Elaine Spector
Diversity Committee Chair

Jazmine Hitt

Jazmine Hitt
Diversity Coordinator

Samantha Fischer
Diversity Secretary

John Harrity, Diversity

John Harrity
Diversity Partner

Kris Rhu

Kris Rhu
Diversity Committee

Peter Glaser
Diversity Committee

Sandra Maxey

Sandra Maxey
Chief Diversity Officer

Rebecca Bachner
Diversity Committee

HARRITY 2020 WOMEN'S WORKSHOP

The Harrity Women’s Workshop is a four-day long program geared towards an introduction to the practice of patent law. Law school students from across the country will join us for skills training in patent preparation and prosecution, and to learn first-hand from partners at major law firms, leaders in university tech transfer, and in-house corporate counsel about their experiences as women in the legal field.

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MINORITY FIRM INCUBATOR

Harrity & Harrity is excited to launch its first Minority Firm Incubator program to help train, develop, and launch minority-owned patent law firms. This paid program is an integral part of the firm’s ongoing diversity initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of the patent field.

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HARRITY ACADEMY

The Harrity Academy provides minority candidates with exclusive training and practice materials for drafting high-quality patent applications. The goal of this program is to help increase the number of diverse candidates applying to positions within Harrity and passing our Writing Sample Test by providing comprehensive education on the drafting process and Harrity’s uniform writing style, including access to our internal training videos.

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HARRITY 2017 SUMMER DIVERSITY WORKSHOP

Harrity & Harrity is excited to announce the firm’s first annual Diversity Summer Workshop. A select group of candidates participated in a week-long program geared towards an introduction to the practice of patent law. The program took place during the week of May 22-26, 2017, and was open to 1L’s, 2L’s, 3L’s, recent law school graduates, and undergraduate or graduate level engineering students with diverse backgrounds.

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ORGANIZATIONS

We are proud to be involved with a number of organizations that promote Diversity within the legal community, including:

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DIVERSITY NEWS

Harrity Hosts First Women’s Workshop

The Harrity Women’s Workshop 2018 took place from May 21-23.  We invited ten women from law schools across the country to join us to learn a...