USD School of Law 1L Students Diversity Reception Hosted by Wilson Sonsini

USD School of Law 1L Students Diversity Reception Hosted by Wilson Sonsini

Date and Time

Friday, September 22, 2023

  • Friday, September 22, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110


Hosted (Space is Limited)


Diversity Reception


Law Firm Challenge participant Wilson Sonsini is graciously hosting USD School of Law's 1L Students Diversity Reception for new law students, diverse student organization leaders, alumni, administrators, faculty, judges, and local diverse Bar associations.

Join us at Wilson Sonsini's San Diego office located in the heart of Carmel Valley.  The Carmel Valley Corporate Center is easily accessible by the I-5 Interstate and 56 Highway, offering excellent views west to the coast. 

12235 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130
Hosted light appetizers and drinks; complimentary parking

Wilson Sonsini currently employs more the 30 USD School of Law alumni. Thank you to Matt Bresnahan '07 (JD), USD School of Law Board of Visitors member and Managing Partner of Wilson Sonsini’s San Diego office, for hosting us.

In addition to San Diego, Wilson Sonsini has offices in Austin, Boston, Boulder, Century City, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, SOMA, Washington, D.C., and Wilmington, with international offices in Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, London, and Shanghai.

USD School of Law Diversity

USD School of Law is committed to embracing different cultures, backgrounds, experiences, and ideas, which are vital to our mission of providing meaningful and transformative legal education to the next generation of attorneys. We invite you to engage with members of the law community to build partnerships and connections that share our vision of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Visit USD School of Law's DEI website and learn more about our Institutional Work, our DEI Committees, and Strategic Plans. Donate to DEI initiatives.

Support Diversity at USD School of Law

Winning Combination: USD School of Law and Wilson Sonsini’s Strong Commitment to Increasing Diversity in Life Sciences and the Law

USD School of Law benefits from a diversity scholarship linked to an educational background in the life sciences—funded by Wilson Sonsini. As a dedicated thought-leader, committed to supporting a community of individuals who have been underrepresented in law school admissions, the practice of law and the legal profession, Wilson Sonsini funds an annual scholarship and is building for the future by funding an endowment that will continue to fund their Wilson Sonsini Diversity in Life Sciences Law Scholars permanently.

In furtherance of USD School of Law’s mission to increase diversity among the student body of the law school, and Wilson Sonsini’s ongoing commitment to expanding DEI in the legal profession, the law firm established the Wilson Sonsini Diversity in Life Sciences Law Scholarship Fund. USD is particularly grateful for the leadership and support of Board of Visitor member, Matthew Bresnahan '07 (JD) (Partner Patents and Innovations), and his colleagues Luke Liss (Pro Bono Partner), Amanda Blixt (Senior Director, Professional Development and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), and Douglas J. Clark (Managing Partner).

Wilson Sonsini: A Firm Where Diverse Talent Thrives

Wilson Sonsini is committed to the principle that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are vital components of a thriving organization. Diversity of thought, experience, identity, and background, as well as an inclusive culture, enable the firm to deliver greater value to its clients, provide a richer work experience to its employees, and make meaningful, lasting contributions to its communities. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are particularly important to the firm because its innovative technology, life science, and other emerging growth clients are also exceptionally diverse themselves.

  • Consistently Recognized as a Leading Law Firm for Diversity

    Wilson Sonsini incorporates DEI considerations into all talent management practices, including recruiting, hiring, reviews, partner promotions, and retention. The firm's approach has helped foster a culture in which DEI thrives—a quality that is substantiated by the firm's top rankings and recognition in key DEI benchmarks. For example:

    • Wilson Sonsini ranked No. 2 among firms with more than 600 attorneys in Law360’s 2023 Diversity Snapshot. The firm ranked No. 2 for the highest representation of minorities in its partnership among large firms.
    • In 2022, for the third consecutive year, the firm achieved a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. 
    • In 2022, for the fourth consecutive year, Wilson Sonsini achieved Mansfield Plus Certification, signifying that the firm has affirmatively considered at least 30 percent women, lawyers from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, lawyers with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ lawyers for top leadership roles, senior-level lateral hiring, promotions into the equity partnership, and participation in client pitch meetings.

    In November 2022, Wilson Sonsini held its Women's Leadership Summit featuring two days of interactive panel discussions, presentations, and workshops focused on building connections, leadership, career development, and women's advancement at the firm and in the legal profession. The summit brought together more than 350 women attorneys and business services leaders from the firm's offices and provided numerous opportunities for colleagues to meet and network.

    Additionally, in February 2023, Wilson Sonsini hosted its third annual 1L Student Diversity Summit. Fifty-two impressive first-year students from 20 law schools around the country joined the firm in Palo Alto for panels, talks, and fireside chats featuring its partners and associates, as well as alumni and judges. Our scholars also enjoyed social opportunities with  attorneys, clients, judges, and Recruiting, DEI, and Professional Development teams, and participated in insightful small-group conversations about practice areas and firm culture. Throughout the summit, firm scholars scholars experienced first-hand the firm’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and heard great advice on navigating law school and the legal profession from a variety of perspectives. 

  • Diversity at the Leadership Level

    At Wilson Sonsini, diversity is not merely about numbers—it is about leadership. Diverse partners—which the firm defines to include individuals of color, women and nonbinary individuals, LGBTQ+ individuals, and attorneys living with disabilities—hold prominent roles at all levels of management, including the following:

    • Board of Directors
    • Career Development Committee
    • Culture Committee
    • Department and Practice Group Leaders
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
    • Hiring Committee
    • New Partner Nominating Committee
    • Partner Compensation Committee
    • Practice Technology Innovation Committee
    • Recruiting Committee
    • Wilson Sonsini Foundation's Board of Trustees

    The firm’s board chair is a woman, and diverse partners hold chair positions on nearly every standing committee of the firm. At the associate level, two of the three co-chairs of the Associates Committee are women, and numerous committee members are diverse in other ways.

    Retention, career development, and promotion are key components of the firm's diversity strategy.

  • Inside the Firm: Affinity Group Activities at Wilson Sonsini

    Wilson Sonsini's Affinity Groups (Asian American, Black, Latin, Parents and Caregivers, Pride, Women of Wilson (WoW), Wellness @ Wilson, and Veterans and Military Families) provide opportunities for attorneys and staff to connect across offices, build relationships, access mentors, and become more involved and visible at the firm. Additionally, they help to foster professional development. Allies are welcome in Affinity Groups to listen, better understand others, and show support. In response to the current remote work environment, our Affinity Groups have hosted several virtual gatherings over the past several months. For more details, please see the latest edition of our Diversity Newsletter

  • Beyond the Firm: Promoting Diversity in the Legal Profession and in Our Community

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