At Davis Wright Tremaine we seek to build and sustain a culture of inclusion and respect. This is not only the right thing to do; it is also good for business. By paying attention to our firm’s core values of collegiality, mutual respect, teamwork and commitment to service, we strengthen our commitment to ourselves and each other. This allows us to continue to attract and retain the best and the brightest talent across a spectrum of diverse backgrounds and interests. It makes this firm a better place to work and help us better serve our clients.
DWT has received a number of awards for its diversity efforts. DWT was ranked among the Top 100 firms nationally in American Lawyer’s annual Diversity Scorecard in 2012 and 2011, which surveys firms on their percentage of minority attorneys and partners.
Chevron Corporation Diversity Champion
For the fourth consecutive year, DWT was honored by our client Chevron Corporation as a "diversity champion" at Chevron’s 2012 Law Firm Diversity Awards ceremony in August. Since 2005, Chevron has recognized its law firm partners that show a demonstrated commitment to diversity. DWT’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."
Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) Gold Standard Certification
For the third consecutive year, the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) awarded DWT its Gold Standard Certification, its highest 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.
Minority Bar Associations
DWT annually supports more than 30 minority bar associations and other legal associations that support the professional development of diverse attorneys. These include sponsoring the convention and a reception of the Hispanic National Bar Association; sponsoring the 20th Anniversary Gala of United Way of King County Project LEAD (leadership, effectiveness and diversity); sponsoring the annual banquet of QLaw, the LGBT bar association for the State of Washington, including the creation of a deeply moving video about same-sex marriage; sponsoring the annual reception of the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association and sponsorships of conferences for organizations, including the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the California Minority Counsel Program and Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association.
1L Diversity Scholarship Program
For over 10 years, DWT has invested in the pipeline of and career opportunities for diverse law students. DWT's 1L Diversity Scholarship Program has awarded 30 scholarships to diverse law students. The scholarship is open to diverse first-year law students who have a record of academic achievement and who are committed to civic involvement that promotes diversity. Recipients are awarded a paid summer position in either our Portland and Seattle offices, plus $7,500 for second-year tuition and expenses. In 2012, Girmay Zahilay, a student at University of Pennsylvania Law School, was one of two recipients of the scholarship and spent his summer working in our Seattle office. Girmay’s associate experience at DWT included the chance to spend a day at Microsoft’s Redmond campus and hear a panel of in-house Microsoft lawyers discuss their work. The annual event, which is open to summer associates from Microsoft’s Premier Preferred Provider firms, is intended to build the pipeline of young lawyers—especially diverse lawyers—interested in intellectual property.
The Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program
During the summer of 2012, DWT’s New York office again welcomed an intern from The Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program, which places high-achieving inner-city high school students with legal employers for the summer. The intern has the opportunity to observe lawyers in a law firm setting and was able to attend depositions and accompany lawyers to court.
Microsoft-Premier Preferred Provider Diverse Attorney Mentorship Program
In partnership with and as one of Microsoft’s Premier Preferred Provider, lawyers from Microsoft visited DWT’s Seattle office in July to launch the fourth year of the Microsoft-PPP Diverse Attorney Mentorship Program. Pioneered by DWT—and now including other Seattle law firms—the program matches diverse firm associates with in-house counsel mentors. The aim is to improve retention at Microsoft’s Premier Preferred Providers, as well as give associates working on Microsoft matters a stronger understanding of the client’s needs.
Pro Bono Program
DWT has a dynamic pro bono program that provides opportunities for our lawyers to "give back" by serving individuals and organizations that advance the interests of diverse groups. DWT has represented people seeking political asylum, assisted women seeking domestic violence protection orders, achieved benefit determinations for veterans, and provided organizational advice to many nonprofits, including Operation Nightwatch, National Advocates for Pregnant Women and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Clients who would like additional information about our diversity programs are invited to contact Karen Russell, manager of diversity initiatives, at 206.622.3150 or