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Recent Diversity Awards and Recognition

2013

Ranking High on Diversity Scorecard
Again this year, DWT was ranked among the Top 100 firms nationally in American Lawyer’s annual Diversity Scorecard, which surveys firms on their percentage of minority attorneys and partners.

Earning a Perfect Score For LGBT Workplace Equality
DWT received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual Corporate Equality Index. The Human Rights Campaign is the nation’s largest civil rights organization dedicated to LGBT issues and has researched and rated large U.S. employers on their policies and practices pertinent to LGBT employees for 12 years. Among the 40 policies and practices tracked by the Index are: non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. Davis Wright’s efforts in satisfying all of the criteria resulted in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

Advancing Women to Leadership Positions
For the third year in a row, DWT was recognized for the significant number of women in top leadership positions at the firm. The firm was awarded Gold Certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), a nationally known educational venue for women in the largest law firms and corporate law departments. WILEF Certification emphasizes the leadership roles actually achieved by equity women partners, rather than the policies or practices of the firm. Law firms with 200 or more practicing lawyers in the U.S. are eligible for the Gold Certification if they meet at least four of six criteria. Davis Wright met five. Nationwide, Gold Certification went to just 42 firms last year.

Working to Close the Digital Divide
The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) honored us this year with a Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award. MMTC is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving equal opportunity and civil rights in the mass media, telecommunications, and broadband industries. DWT received the honor, which was shared with Akin Gump, at the Council’s 11th Annual Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference in July. MMTC said DWT has "generously supported MMTC by providing mentoring, office infrastructure, and general operational support, above and beyond the call of duty." Wes Heppler, a partner in our Washington, D.C., office, who is MMTC’s relationship partner and a member of the organization’s New Telecom and Internet Policy Taskforce, accepted the award on behalf of the firm.

2012

Saluted as Diversity Champion
For the fourth consecutive year, Davis Wright was honored by our client Chevron Corp. for our diversity efforts. Since 2005, Chevron has been recognizing its law firm partners that show a demonstrated commitment to diversity. Davis Wright’s performance has been so exceptional during this time that Chevron decided to—in the words of the company’s general counsel, R. Hewitt Pate—“retire the firm’s number.” DWT was recognized as a “diversity champion” at Chevron’s 2012 Law Firm Diversity Awards ceremony in August. “We have been impressed with Davis Wright’s ongoing commitment to diversity and how the firm has continued to advance each year on what it’s done before,” said Josetta Jones, chair of the Diversity Council in Chevron’s law department. “It takes a lot to be committed on that level, including time from management at the firm.” In recognition of Davis Wright’s efforts, Chevron made a $5,000 donation to a local non-profit legal organization of the firm’s choice. Davis Wright chose to direct the funds to the Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP) of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Among VLSP’s initiatives is Destination Law School, a program that aims to increase the number of diverse college graduates entering law school. Donations of $5,000 also came from Davis Wright’s San Francisco office and the firm’s office of diversity and inclusion, resulting in a total contribution to VLSP of $15,000.

Saluted for High Levels of Women in Leadership
The Women in Law Empowerment Forum awarded DWT its Gold Standard Certification for integrating women into the highest leadership positions within the firm. Firms were required to demonstrate that women represent a meaningful percentage of their equity partners, their highest leadership positions, their governance and compensation committees, and their most highly compensated partners. Gold is the highest certification.

Ranked High on Diversity Scorecard
DWT was ranked among the Top 100 firms nationally in American Lawyer’s annual Diversity Scorecard, which surveys firms on their percentage of minority attorneys and partners.

2011

Saluted for Female Leadership
The Women in Law Empowerment Forum awarded DWT its Gold Standard Certification for integrating women into the highest leadership positions within the firm. WILEF’s certification program is the first and only one directed at recognizing law firms for advancing women in the profession, and specifically into positions of leadership. Applications were sent to over 300 firms with 100 or more practicing attorneys. Firms were required to demonstrate that women represent a meaningful percentage of their equity partners, their highest leadership positions, their governance and compensation committees, and their most highly compensated partners. Thirty-two firms were awarded the Gold Standard, which is the highest certification.

Honored for Diversity Dedication
The Minority Bar Coalition, a network of more than two-dozen diverse bar associations in the San Francisco area, presented its annual Unity Awards in November. The awards are given to attorneys from the individual minority bars who have best shown a dedication to working in a unified manner to advance the cause of diversity in the legal profession. DWT associate Candice Petty was chosen as the Unity Award recipient by the Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California, a group for whom she is the incoming president. Vid Prabhakaran, another associate in our San Francisco office, is a co-chair of the Minority Bar Coalition.

Receiving a High National Ranking
DWT was ranked among the Top 100 firms nationally in American Lawyer’s annual Diversity Scorecard, which surveys firms on their percentage of minority attorneys and partners.

Awarded by a Major Client
For the third consecutive year, Davis Wright Tremaine was selected as a recipient of Chevron’s Law Firm Diversity Award. Established in 2005, the award recognizes three of Chevron’s nearly 40 law firm partners for their demonstrated commitment to diversity. The three firms were honored at a reception in Houston in late August. As part of the award, Chevron donates $5,000 to a local non-profit legal organization of the honoree’s choice. As in past years, DWT chose to direct the money to Destination Law School, a pipeline program in San Francisco.

Margaret Claybour, an associate who joined DWT in 2011, traveled to Houston with other DWT representatives to be at the award presentation. “To have folks outside the firm recognize Davis Wright’s efforts—and a client no less—was very impressive to me as a newcomer,” says Claybour. Attending the ceremony also represented an important networking opportunity for Claybour, who practices in the firm’s Energy group. “I’ve since done some work for a jointly-owned affiliate of Chevron, reviewing power contracts.”

Standing Up for Sexual Freedom
In September, DWT partner Bob Corn-Revere was saluted by the Woodhull Freedom Foundation and presented with one of three Vicki Sexual Freedom Awards for 2011. Named for American suffragist and sex activist Victoria Woodhull, the foundation aims to promote the right of all individuals to develop and express their unique sexuality, as well as reproductive rights and inclusive sex education. The group praised Corn-Revere as “a tireless advocate for freedom of sexual speech and expression.”