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Diversity & Inclusion

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.

Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality" Recognition
Davis Wright Tremaine was pleased to receive a perfect score of 100 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 2014 was the 13th year that the organization researched and rated large U.S. employers on their policies and practices pertinent to LGBT employees. 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.

50 Best Law Firms for Women
In recognition of the firm’s family-friendly policies, and its initiative to retain and advance women, DWT was named to the 2014 list of the nation’s best law firms for women, as published by Working Mother magazine and the consulting firm Flex-Time Lawyers. The survey ranks firms on a wide variety of metrics, including female representation in partnership ranks, availability of flex-time work, and business development opportunities specifically tailored to women.

Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) Gold Standard Certification
For the fourth consecutive year, the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) awarded DWT in 2014 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.

Starbucks "Excellence in Diversity" Award
The company’s Law & Corporate Affairs department honored Davis Wright Tremaine LLP with its 2014 Excellence in Diversity Award for its deep commitment to diversity and inclusion. "The firm consistently demonstrates leadership in enhancing diversity and creating critical opportunities for legal professionals of all backgrounds," said Lucy Lee Helm, executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Starbucks. Helm applauded DWT’s "generous scholarship and internship opportunities, which help build a pipeline of diverse legal talent, as well as the firm’s broad support of organizations that promote diversity in the legal profession." These programs, she said, "help make DWT best in class."

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."

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 a decade, DWT has sought to improve the pipeline of diverse law students and provide increased career opportunities. Our annual 1L Diversity Scholarship Program 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 2015, the firm expanded the program by adding a scholarship recipient in our New York City office.

The Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program
During the summer of 2014, 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 Sandra Hong, manager of diversity initiatives, at 213.633.6803 or .