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Fostering Diversity

Submissions for the 2019 Richard S. White Fellowship are being accepted.  

At Helsell Fetterman, we believe that achieving and maintaining diversity are key to providing exceptional solutions to our clients’ legal problems. We embrace our responsibility of maintaining a workplace of inclusion, recognizing that our clients are best served by a team of attorneys and staff that is as diverse as the world in which we practice. The Richard S. White Fellowship includes both a paid, 12 week summer associate position and a $7,500 academic scholarship to be remitted directly to the student’s law school at the beginning of the school year following the summer clerkship to assist in paying the student’s tuition.



Applicants must:

  • Be a second year law student* in good standing pursuing a law degree at an ABA-accredited law school; (*third year if pursuing a LL.M.)
  • Possess an academic record, leadership abilities, and a commitment to personal and professional initiatives that indicate promise for a successful legal career;
  • Demonstrate an interest in furthering diversity within the community and the profession; and
  • Communicate an interest and commitment to both the practice areas represented at Helsell Fetterman and to building a practice in the Seattle area.


Application Checklist

Please complete the following:

  • Prepare a 1-2 page personal statement on a topic of your choice that allows our firm to fully evaluate your candidacy and ability to enrich the diversity of the legal community.
  • Complete the Richard S. White Fellowship application form. (click to open in browser or save)
  • Provide a current resume.
  • Include a copy of your final undergraduate transcript and current law school transcript, unofficial is acceptable.
  • Legal writing sample, up to 10 pages.
  • Three professional and/or academic references with contact information.
  • Submit application materials


Submit Your Application

By Mail Please print and fill out the application form, collect all the documents listed in the application checklist, and mail your materials to: Richard S. White Fellowship Helsell Fetterman 1001 Fourth Avenue, Suite 4200 Seattle, WA 98154-1154

Online Email the the application form with attachments to




Meet Rich (1920 – 2012)

Richard S. White was born in New York City in 1920. He graduated from Phillips Academy (Andover), Hamilton College and Yale Law School, where he was a member of the board of the Yale Law Journal and won the prize for best mock court presentation to a jury. With the outbreak of World War II, Rich joined the U.S. Marine Corps and studied Japanese at the Navy School at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He became a Marine combat intelligence officer, serving with the 28th Marine Regiment, which captured Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. Rich earned a Bronze Star for his efforts at talking Japanese soldiers out of their caves (oral advocacy at its best), and, as he put it, he “was lucky enough to survive.” After serving in the military and a stint in peacetime Japan, Rich finished law school at Yale in 1946 and left New York “for the wilds of the Pacific Northwest.” In 1952 Rich joined the Seattle law firm of Helsell Paul Fetterman (now Helsell Fetterman LLP). His varied practice included antitrust cases in the flour, sugar, milk, telephone, whiskey, beer, sports, timber, mint oil, peat moss and cruise ship industries, among others.

Rich also represented the City of Seattle as special counsel in building Gorge Dam and in contractor claims for City Light involving Ross Powerhouse and raising Diablo Dam on the Skagit River, and in obtaining Federal Power Commission licenses for Boundary Dam and High Ross Dam. Rich liked to say that he never had a dull moment since he started practicing law and never regretted leaving Manhattan for the Northwest. He passed away in January 2012, after an esteemed career of six decades at Helsell Fetterman. Rich was an inspiration to all in terms of his hard work, vigorous advocacy, and above all, professionalism. With his years of service in the military and six decades upholding justice for all at Helsell Fetterman, Rich lived a life dedicated to his country and community. Helsell Fetterman is proud to name its diversity scholarship after Richard S. White.

Portrait of Scholarship Recipient
2017 Richard S. White Fellowship Recipient

Maria Kennison

Juris Doctor expected May 2018

Maria attends the Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She served as secretary for the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) and volunteers for the Bethesda Mission doing legal intake interviews for low- and no-income clients. She is also Comments Editor of the Penn State Law Review and is slated for publication in the fall of 2017. As a 2L, she externed with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection as well as Judge Sylvia H. Rambo of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. During her 1L summer, Maria interned with Gustad Law Group, working on Social Security disability and Veterans disability compensation claims. Maria grew up in the Philippines and completed her undergraduate education there before immigrating to the United States, specifically Washington state, where her family is based. Prior to law school, she completed her master’s degree at Kent State University and also worked as a technical writer and systems/process analyst in the health insurance and financial services industries. Maria enjoys yoga, running, and eating Filipino food.

Previous Richard S. White Fellowship Recipients