As a law firm that thrives on change while serving a progressive clientele, we are well aware of the value that diverse viewpoints, diverse experiences, and diverse backgrounds bring to an organization. And while many businesses seek to put diversity on the agenda, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati considers it a vital thread that runs through the fabric of our firm, lending a vibrancy to our workforce that benefits employees and clients alike.
The firm's leadership actively promotes diversity as a core value and top priority. We aim to attract, mentor, and retain the best legal talent from all backgrounds, and foster a culture in which all employees are empowered to achieve their maximum potential. Our internal and external programs and policies, as well as our continually growing minority numbers, reflect this commitment. Currently, nearly a third of our partners and half of our associates are women or belong to a racial, ethnic, or gender minority group.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati frequently has been recognized for its commitment to diversity. In 2012, the firm ranked No. 2 overall in The American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard, reflecting our high percentages of minority attorneys (26.2 percent) and partners (19.9 percent). Furthermore, in 2012 Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati was ranked No. 4 on MultiCultural Law magazine's list of the "Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity." In 2009, California Lawyer ranked us No. 1 for percentage of minority equity partners in the state, with 21.3 percent partners of color. The firm's diversity accomplishments were featured in a Minority Law Journal cover story in 2008.
Additionally, the firm has been recognized for its local-level diversity efforts. Over the past five years, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has ranked among the top firms in California for highest percentage of minority attorneys. In fact, in 2010 the firm was honored with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley's inaugural Law Firm Diversity Award. In Texas, the firm recently earned an "A" grade from the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin, the Austin Black Lawyers Association, and the Austin Asian American Bar Association in their annual survey of the hiring of minority lawyers at the city's 25 largest law firms. The firm has earned an "A" grade on the minority hiring report card every year since 2005.
Commencing in 2008, the WSGR Foundation began providing support for the California Bar Foundation's Diversity Scholarship Program, to assist incoming first-year law students from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession who have committed to attend a California law school and have a financial need and a desire to make an impact in the community. In addition, in 2012 Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati sponsored Law Preview scholarships for three incoming Stanford Law School minority students to support their attendance at week-long, intensive courses designed to give them a better idea of what to expect in law school and how to excel.
Not only does the firm benefit from great diversity among our own partners and associates, but so, too, does the entire legal industry. With our forward-looking policies and continual attempts to improve our diversity programs, we help set the tone for hiring and promoting women and minorities in both partner and management positions throughout the legal profession.