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Diversity is one of the core values at Davis Wright Tremaine, and is central to our recruiting, retention, and purchasing efforts.

For complete information on our firm’s recent diversity actions, as well as firm statistics, please see our latest Diversity & Inclusion Report and visit DWT Diversity.

Introducing High School Students to Law Firm Life
Each year, DWT’s New York City hosts a participant in the Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program run by the New York City Bar. The program places high-achieving inner-city high-school students with legal employers, where they have a six-week, paid internship performing administrative work, shadowing an attorney, and learning about life as a legal professional.

The students also participate in weekly development programs, including a law class at Columbia University School of Law, a visit to a state Supreme Court judicial chamber, and multiple career development workshops with a diverse group of attorneys.

Starting a “Women in Nonprofit” Networking Group in New York
In January 2015, DWT expanded its Tax-Exempt Organizations and Employment practices to New York with the addition of a number of experienced lawyers—many of them women. To celebrate that growth and the role of women in the nonprofit sector, DWT organized a springtime “Women in Nonprofit Networking Reception.”

In response to the enthusiasm generated at the reception, DWT launched the Women in Nonprofits network (WiN), spearheaded by J.J. Leitner and Laura Sack. The goal is to build the pre-eminent community for women directors, in-house counsel, and management of nonprofit organizations in New York City. WiN followed the May gathering with an October event, held at DWT’s New York offices and featuring guest speaker Carol Robles-Román, president and CEO of Legal Momentum, which focuses on advancing the rights of women and girls.

Providing Scholarships for Diverse Students
Started in 2002, our 1L Diversity Scholarship Program offers a paid summer clerkship in our Seattle, New York, or Portland office, and $7,500 for second-year tuition and expenses. It 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 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 our summer clerks in both substantive skills and professionalism so that they can hit the ground running as first-year associates at DWT.
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