Diversity


A Message from Hurwitz & Fine

Our nation is faced with challenging events that call into question our beliefs and our sense of justice and fairness. As the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Racism, prejudice, and the response to them by governmental entities, institutions, and individuals are in center stage and playing out in real time. We have witnessed viral evidence of even mundane encounters of people of color with the police resulting in tragedy. The deaths of George Floyd, and other unarmed individuals before him, cannot be justified.

Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. is committed to diversity, equality, and justice in the legal system, in the workplace, and in our community. We support the First Amendment rights of those who protest in non-violent and lawful ways. We support law enforcement officers who seek to do justice, to respect the rights of citizens, and to uphold their sworn duty to protect and serve.

We renew our dedication to opposing racism and prejudice and promoting a legal system that is fair to all and which promotes equality, justice, unity and peace. 

Hurwitz & Fine’s Commitment

Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. is committed to diversity, equality and justice in the legal system, in the workplace, and in our community. At the firm, diversity encompasses a variety of characteristics, lifestyles and perspectives; including race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, education, veteran status, disability, socio-economic status, family and marital status. A diverse and inclusive environment—where individual differences are recognized and valued—is essential to both the quality of our client service and the personal satisfaction of our lawyers and staff.

As a woman-led law firm for multiple generations, Hurwitz & Fine has a long history of encouraging, supporting and hiring women and minority lawyers and advancing them to the ranks of partner and equity owners. In fact, our current President/Managing Partner, Jody E. Briandi, began her legal career at the firm as an associate attorney, as did her predecessor, Ann E. Evanko.

Internal Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Hurwitz & Fine maintains a Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which provides recommendations to the Board of Directors targeted at diversity and inclusion initiatives including the recruitment of diverse job candidates, retention of a diverse workforce, community outreach and giving back, the use of women and minority owned vendors, and the promotion of an inclusive work environment based on respecting the experiences and perspectives of others.

External Community & Charitable Organization Involvement

As part of our firm’s commitment, we look for ways to get involved in, and serve our community and beyond. As a firm, we appreciate that involvement in community and charitable organizations is fundamental to personal and professional development. Hurwitz & Fine has a longstanding history of supporting local and national organizations who share our core values. We actively encourage and mentor those interested in getting involved. 

Our attorneys, many of whom hold leadership positions, are active members of the following local and national community and charitable organizations focused on service, education and diversity:

Additional Initiatives

Our attorneys and staff contribute to and strengthen our Firm’s culture of giving back. During the past year, we have held firmwide holiday drives in collaboration with the Minority Bar Association and the “Stone’s Buddies” program at Oishei Children’s Hospital. We regularly host “Jeans Days for Charity,” which have supported such charitable organizations as Friends of Night People, Hospice of Buffalo, Ride for Roswell and the Buffalo City Mission. We also have hosted internal volunteer opportunities such as “Birthday in a Bag” to support Child & Family Services and the United Way.

We regularly attend and sponsor fundraisers for community and organizations such as the Minority Bar Foundation, the Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Women’s Bar Association of WNY and WNY Women’s Foundation.

Pro Bono Program

In addition, Hurwitz & Fine maintains an active pro bono program partnering with civil legal service providers such as the Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Center for Elder Law and Justice. We are also on the panel for the Federal Court Pro Bono Program and regularly accept assignments. We recognize the importance of serving all members of our community, including those who lack access to legal representation to which they are entitled. As a law firm of over 50 lawyers, we have the ability to bridge that gap.

Summer Diversity Clerkship

(Buffalo, NY)

Hurwitz & Fine is seeking a Summer Law Clerk as part of its Diversity & Inclusion program. Hurwitz & Fine’s Diversity Clerkship is intended to provide a meaningful and hands-on private practice experience for law students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the legal profession.  This is a summer position in Buffalo, NY.  Each law clerk will receive one-on-one mentoring from firm attorneys, be exposed to the firm’s numerous practice areas, and will develop a portfolio of tangible work product for use in the hiring process.

On a day-to-day basis, law clerks support the firm’s attorneys with a variety of tasks, including research and writing projects and case preparation. The firm will also provide meaningful opportunities to learn about the practice of law, to connect with local attorneys and the judiciary, and to publish legal articles on topics of interest.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Assists with legal research and writing projects, including motions, coverage opinions, legal memoranda, and other legal documents.
  • Assists attorneys with preparation for presentations.
  • Assists attorneys with preparation for depositions, trials, and other hearings.
  • Attends in-house attorney trainings ad presentations.
  • Attends proceedings, hearings, and other meetings to observe and take notes.
  • Assists with the preparation of at least one article to be published under the supervision of a firm attorney.  
     

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

Current law student (1L or 2L). Completion of first year tort, contract, and/or property law courses is helpful. We are seeking candidates from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the legal profession.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS:

  • Must be dependable.
  • Demonstrate professional work ethic.
  • An interest in working in private practice, and, preferably, a willingness to join the Western New York legal community
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


TO APPLY:

Please submit a resume, transcript, writing sample, and a response to the following question to [email protected] :

How has your background as a person historically underrepresented in the legal profession informed your decision to pursue a career in law?
 

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