Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP works with clients from around the world to protect a wide range of intellectual property. A variety of legal and technical knowledge, training, skills and perspectives are vital to such a bold and broad undertaking.
We aspire to the same diversity in the composition of our firm. ARE is committed to recruiting and retaining attorneys and staff from all backgrounds. Inclusiveness enriches the firm as a workplace and reflects our community. Promoting diversity is an integral component of our quest for excellence as a firm. We embrace the principles of equal employment opportunity and maintain a workplace free from discrimination and harassment.
Two partners co-chair our successful diversity efforts. Our metrics meet, and in several cases exceed, the national benchmarks set by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association: Since 2009, 46% of the attorneys/technical advisors we have hired are minorities and/or women; as of December 31, 2012, 12.5% of our Senior Counsel are women and 37% of our Associates are either minorities and/or women; the firm’s partnership is 7% minority. Our commitment to diversity extends throughout the firm—85% of our administrative departments are headed by minorities or women.
We participate in opportunities to pursue diversity initiatives with clients, bar associations and minority organizations. For example, for the past several years we have participated in the National Black Students’ Association Northeast Regional Job Fair and support the Latin American Law Students Association at Columbia University.
Our partners, attorneys and staff are involved in numerous efforts to enrich the education of inner-city students and increase the number pursuing the study of science and math—the prerequisite for a career in IP law with us. One of our partners is chair of the board of directors of CityScience, a program to foster interest in science among disadvantaged youngsters. We also provide significant financial and leadership support to Education through Music, and community programs such as YAI, the Sever Institute and groups that offer creative and athletic programs for special needs children.