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Los Angeles

When looking at the culture of Davis Wright, diversity and inclusion has become one of our core values. Our firmwide commitment to diversity is exhibited through our diversity committee and our work with clients on their diversity initiatives. Each of the firm’s offices has its own unique way of adopting this core value.

The Los Angeles office supports the diversity initiative of our firm through the hiring and mentoring of diverse attorneys. We believe in the value that diversity and inclusion provides. It ensures that we’re gaining new insights from, and constantly challenging, one another.

We can take this unique perspective and apply it to our client work. Our diverse attorneys and staff make us a stronger firm and better suited to serve our clients.

Providing Scholarships for Diverse Students
Started in 2002, our 1L Diversity Scholarship Program offers a paid summer clerkship and $10,000 scholarship in several office locations.  It is open to diverse first-year law students who have a record of academic achievement and who are committed to civic involvement and promotion of diversity. Recipients of the scholarship include several of our attorneys.

Our paid summer clerkships offer a valuable opportunity for soon-to-be lawyers to try out several areas of law, work in a team environment, and build on the skills that will make them successful. We take the time to train and mentor our summer clerks in both substantive skills and professionalism so that they can hit the ground running as first-year associates.

Bringing DWT Minority Attorneys Together
Diverse lawyers, especially junior associates, can sometimes feel isolated within a large law firm. To help overcome this feeling of isolation and promote mentoring, the firm held two “Mix & Mentor” events in Seattle and Los Angeles in 2016, featuring a reception and casual dinner. There was no agenda beyond creating chances for our minority attorneys to become better acquainted—and in some cases, meet for the first time—in a relaxed setting and to create opportunities for them to connect with lawyers at all levels of the firm. The firm’s managing partner, the local partner-in-charge, and many others attended.

Connecting Our Women Associates with Partner Role Models
Following up on a highly successful pilot project launched last year, DWT held two Women’s Summits in 2015 to connect rising women lawyers at the firm with successful partners. More than a dozen senior DWT women came together with associates and counsel at two events—one in D.C. and one in Seattle— for networking, Q&A, and discussions related to business/client development, partnership process, and more. Each full-day event wrapped with a reception and dinner. The firm held a another summit in L.A. in February 2016.

Serving on the Board of the California Minority Counsel Program
Camilo Echavarria was elected to the board of the California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP) and assumed his duties in January 2015 at the program’s board and staff retreat. CMCP is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting diversity in the legal profession by providing attorneys of color with access and opportunity for business and professional development.
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