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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.

Bringing Our Women Lawyers Together in San Francisco
What began informally five years ago as an occasional lunch or happy hour among three San Francisco-based female partners—Allison Davis, Judy Keyes, and Kerry Shea—has in 2016 evolved into regularly scheduled monthly get-togethers for all of the women lawyers in the office. Socializing remains a big part, but the gatherings also tend to tackle serious stuff. At a recent lunch, the women watched and discussed a series of online lectures from the website LeanIn.org that focused on patterns of workplace gender bias and strategies for navigating them.

The current organizer is Emily Sangi, an associate in our energy and environmental group. She says the purpose of the gatherings is to create a support system for the 18 women lawyers in the San Francisco office, most of whom work in different practice areas. “We are increasing communication across our individual practice groups and forging relationships so future communication among us is easier. The meetings provide an opportunity for associates to learn more about the firm’s administration of the partnership track. They also serve as valuable forums for those of us who participate in DWT diversity programs to report back to the broader group about what we’ve learned.”

Joining the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
Boosting diversity in the legal profession requires that those already in positions of leadership be actively committed to the objective. DWT managing partner Jeff Gray recognizes his obligation and is investing his time and energies to meeting it.

In 2016 he joined the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), putting him at the table with some of the country’s most influential corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners—all of whom are working together to create a truly diverse legal profession. Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer of Microsoft, is the immediate past chair of the LCLD board.

Leading the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California
In 2015, DWT partner Vidhya Prabhakaran continued to serve as co-president of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California. In March, he spoke at the group’s 22nd annual gala at the San Francisco Design Center, where he said: “From fighting discrimination in our justice system, to curbing police brutality, to providing access to free legal services to low-income members of our community, there is still much work to be done.”

Fostering Connections Among LGBT Asian American and South Asian Lawyers
In October 2015, DWT’s San Francisco office was pleased to host a networking reception for LGBT Asian American and South Asian Lawyers. About 40 attendees, including DWT associate and host Sanjay Nangia, came to the gathering, which was one of three held in a single week across the country that were jointly sponsored by law firms and LGBT and Asian Pacific American lawyer associations.

The events drew partners and associates at corporate firms, government attorneys, solo practitioners, small firms, and public-interest lawyers to discuss the need for diversity and the importance of giving back. The receptions also raised money for the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance’s legal referral program for LGBT Asian American and Pacific Islander undocumented immigrants, young people, and organizations.
Davis Wright Tremaine Repeats as Innovative Law Firm of the Year
2017 Diversity & Inclusion Report