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Women's Initiative 

Programs and Benefits | Women in Leadership | Publications | Diversity Fellowships and Scholarships

Women lawyers are vital to the business, culture, and future of Vinson & Elkins. To formalize these values, V&E launched our Women’s Initiative in 2000 to attract the best and brightest women lawyers, nurture their development, and promote their advancement. V&E’s Women's Initiative creates and sustains a variety of programs that benefit all of our lawyers.

V&E was the first law firm in the U.S. to take a comprehensive approach to women's issues by forming our internal Women’s Career Development Council. Powered by partners and associates throughout our offices across the globe, and chaired by Partner Valinda Wolfert, the Council works to address challenges women face as they pursue their legal careers. With the full support of Vinson & Elkins’ leadership, women attorneys are empowered to contribute to their fullest potential — on the job, at home, and in the community.

While proud of our accomplishments, V&E continually seeks ways to enhance and improve by encouraging and promoting new ideas and input from our lawyers through regular meetings, mentoring sessions, professional development, and networking events.

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Programs and Benefits

Through our combined efforts, V&E has implemented a range of programs, services, and activities making our Women's Initiative truly innovative:

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Women in Leadership
The advancement of women within our firm is an important value to V&E. We understand that diversity within our leadership strengthens our firm and is paramount to our business. Two women serve on our Management Committee, a woman chairs the Attorney Development Initiatives Core Group, and numerous other women partners serve as section or practice group leaders.

In the legal community, many of our women lawyers are listed The Best Lawyers in America and are highly ranked in Chambers & Partners. For details view the link below.

Our women lawyers are thought leaders in their professional areas and regularly publish articles and give speeches related to various areas of the law that are relevant to our clients. View publications here.

Diversity Fellowships and Scholarships
Diversity and inclusion are two of the core values which guide all that we do at Vinson & Elkins. Since our success ultimately depends on developing exceptional legal talent, Vinson & Elkins is committed to attracting and retaining the finest lawyers from all backgrounds and perspectives. To that end, Vinson & Elkins is pleased to continue offering its Diversity Fellowship and Law Preview Scholarships.


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