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San Francisco

PRISM Diversity Committee

Formed in 1999, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP’s PRISM Diversity Committee reflects the range of talents, perspectives, and achievements that comprise the firm’s culture. The committee represents multiple dimensions of diversity within the firm. The San Francisco office committee members include associate Vidhya Prabhakaran and office administrator Karen Baltier-Long.

The goal of the PRISM Diversity Committee is to support and implement the diversity and inclusion mission statement through continuous improvement in five strategic areas: recruitment, retention, cultural competency, vendor diversity, and communication. The San Francisco office has recently hosted the following events:

Spring 2012
On June 6, the San Francisco office hosted John King, Urban Design Critic of the San Francisco Chronicle, who spoke on "five ways to look at a city." John’s work has been honored by many groups including the California Preservation Foundation, the Society of Professional Journalists, the California chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the American Planning Association. He is an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and was the recipient in 2006 of the first Gene Burd Award for Urban Journalism by the Urban Communication Foundation. Additionally, John is the author of "Cityscapes: San Francisco and Its Buildings," published in May 2011 by Heyday.

Fall 2011
On October 18, the San Francisco office hosted Sue Lee, Executive Director of San Francisco’s Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA), who told her modern day detective story about the Jake Lee paintings missing from the once-glamorous Kan’s Restaurant of San Francisco. Lee described the detail and Chinese-American history depicted in the artist’s twelve pieces, some of which were on exhibit at the CHSA.

Spring 2011
In recognition of Black History Month, the San Francisco office hosted an event with renowned jazz musician, Marcus Shelby, who spoke about the Port Chicago Mutiny, which led to the desegregation of the U.S. Armed Forces. Mr. Shelby also shared selections from his music that were inspired by the incident. This event is available to view on our YouTube channel.

Fall 2010
On October 7, the San Francisco office hosted a panel discussion led by Bill Cole, Ph.D., who is the Senior Director of Governance, Law, and Civil Society Programs at the Asia Foundation. Dr. Cole drew from his experience living and working in Afghanistan to describe developmental progress made in the country’s post-Taliban period, as well as identify some of the nationals impending challenges.

Diversity Awards

Saluted as Diversity Champion
For the fourth consecutive year, Davis Wright was honored by our client Chevron Corp. for our diversity efforts. Since 2005, Chevron has been recognizing its law firm partners that show a demonstrated commitment to diversity. Davis Wright’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." DWT was recognized as a "diversity champion" at Chevron's 2012 Law Firm Diversity Awards ceremony in August. "We have been impressed with Davis Wright's ongoing commitment to diversity and how the firm has continued to advance each year on what it’s done before," said Josetta Jones, chair of the Diversity Council in Chevron’s law department. "It takes a lot to be committed on that level, including time from management at the firm." In recognition of Davis Wright’s efforts, Chevron made a $5,000 donation to a local non-profit legal organization of the firm’s choice. Davis Wright chose to direct the funds to the Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP) of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Among VLSP's initiatives is Destination Law School, a program that aims to increase the number of diverse college graduates entering law school. Donations of $5,000 also came from Davis Wright’s San Francisco office and the firm’s office of diversity and inclusion, resulting in a total contribution to VLSP of $15,000.

Chevron Corporation 2011 Diversity Recognition Award
For the third consecutive year, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP was selected as a recipient of Chevron’s Law Firm Diversity Award. Established in 2005, the award recognizes Chevron’s law firm partners that have distinguished themselves by demonstrating their commitment to diversity.

In recognition of the firm’s diversity efforts, Chevron again made a $5,000 donation to Destination Law School, a diversity pipeline program created by the Bar Association of San Francisco to help prepare diverse college students in the San Francisco Bay Area for careers in the legal profession.