Diversity Matters

AP&S’s inclusive and diverse workforce has been essential to our success in the practice of law. A diverse workforce enables us to better understand and serve our clients, as well as the communities we serve. With this mindset, AP&S is committed to hiring, fostering and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment where religion, color, age, gender, national origin, sexual orientation and marital and family status are understood, respected and valued as qualities that make us better attorneys, citizens and human beings. Our Diversity Committee helps promote and guide the firm in our diversity mission.

Our attorneys reflect this commitment in their practice, in their interactions with clients, other members of the legal profession and the community. We take great pride and care in creating a firm environment which values, respects and encourages differences in attorneys, staff and the community.

Our Diversity Committee

In 2006, AP&S established a Diversity Committee to support and promote diversity efforts within the firm, the legal profession and the community at large. The Diversity Committee is comprised of women, minorities, members of the Executive and Compensation Committees, shareholders and associates. Committee members are dedicated to diversity and bring that passion to bear in helping the firm implement strategies involving recruitment, hiring, retention, mentoring, training and various community outreach activities. The Diversity Committee meets regularly to monitor progress of those initiatives.

Members of the AP&S Diversity Committee include:

Robert I. Stolzman, Shareholder


Robert P. Brooks, Managing Partner
Hamza Chaudary, Associate
Rory Z. Fazendeiro, Shareholder
Katharine S. Perry, Shareholder
Lori Caron Silveira, Shareholder

AP&S Annual Diversity Scholarship

As part of our Diversity Initiative, we established the AP&S Diversity Scholarship, a $10,000 scholarship awarded annually to a diverse student entering his/her first year of law school. The scholarship is given to students with a demonstrated commitment to academic excellence as well as to the community. Students who receive the scholarship are encouraged to participate as AP&S summer interns with the hope that they will consider joining the firm upon graduation. The AP&S Diversity Scholarship is just one way that the firm supports and encourages more diverse candidates to enter the practice of law and enrich both the profession and society.

Click here for a copy of the Diversity Scholarship Application.

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