Harter Secrest & Emery is committed to fostering an inclusive workplace, enhancing diversity, and providing a safe and healthy work environment in which all colleagues are treated equally—with respect and dignity.
Our greatest strength lies in our talented team, who are empowered to use their varied backgrounds and perspectives to provide high-quality, responsive and cost-effective service, to give back to our community, and to make HSE a great place to work. We know that this mission is best accomplished by bringing together people from varied backgrounds and perspectives who apply their unique expertise and experiences to the complex legal issues our clients face.
Tenth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Student Essay Contest
Every year, the firm sponsors the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Student Essay Contest in the Rochester City School District. Students in the third, fourth and fifth grades are asked to submit essays about what Martin Luther King, Jr. Day means to them. Attorneys and staff at the firm will select the finalists and vote on the winning essays and one winner will be selected in each grade level.
Our Diversity Committee helps the firm achieve and maintain a level of diversity that reflects the demographics of the communities we serve, while encouraging an inclusive environment of appreciation and respect. The Committee meets monthly to review opportunities, plan and coordinate diversity-related events, and act as advocates for our diverse colleagues.
2020 Diversity Scholarship
Established in 2005, this scholarship includes a $7,500 award to be applied to the recipient’s law school tuition, together with a paid summer associate position at the firm. The scholarship is awarded annually to a first-year student selected based on his or her academic record, professional accomplishments and other factors that indicate promise for a successful career in the legal profession.
Education and Awareness
Throughout the year, the firm hosts speakers and presentations that provide insight and awareness on a range of topics including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights, LGBTQ rights, racism, and other important issues.
Workforce Diversity Network
HSE is a member of the Workforce Diversity Network, which is a network of professionals and organizations dedicated to being a catalyst to enhance professional development, understanding, promotion and management of diversity and inclusion as an essential part of business success. The WDN states as its primary focus, the creation of a learning community in the business world to address diversity and its benefits. As a member company, HSE partners with WDN by hosting meetings and participating as sponsors of signature events.
In 2017, HSE was awarded the Diversity Award by the Western New York Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York during the association’s annual awards ceremony. We were the first recipient of the Award that recognizes individuals or organizations who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting full and equal participation in the legal profession through the encouragement and involvement of women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and/or persons of differing sexual orientations and gender identities.
For questions or to learn more about our Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, please contact: