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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.

Supporting “Flexible Schedules” and Helping Women Succeed in Big Law
In July, Working Mother magazine published an article that featured DWT as one of the firms “flipping the script,” and our success accommodating flexible schedules was particularly highlighted. The article profiled Sheehan Sullivan of our Employment Services Group in Seattle.

Two other leading DWT lawyers—Danielle Frappier, the co-chair of our national Communications practice group in D.C., and Jenna Mooney of our Employment group in Portland—were also promoted to equity partner while working reduced-hours schedules. Danielle and Jenna, along with two of their clients, were recently named winners of the “Flex Success” Award and were honored during the first quarter of 2016 by the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance, a think tank dedicated to helping organizations create inclusive cultures.

Participating in the Annual Convention of Black Law Students
The 2015 convention of the National Black Law Students Association took place in Portland, Ore., and DWT was proud to play a part. Diversity & Inclusion Committee chair Portia Moore, a veteran litigator, gave some “Advocacy Tips” during lunch for the Mock Trial and Moot Court competition. The students appreciated her candor, advice, and enthusiasm.

DWT also hosted a well-attended Friday happy hour at the Urban Farmer steakhouse, where students got to mingle with attorneys in a relaxed environment and get a sense of the character and culture of DWT.

Promoting Women’s Networking in Portland
In October 2015, DWT put on another of our annual networking events for influential women in Portland. Held at the iconic loft space Union/Pine, the event featured guest speakers Keeley Tillotson and Erika Welsh of Wild Friends Foods , young entrepreneurs who started making specialty peanut butter in their University of Oregon dorm room in 2011 and whose products are now found at retailers around the country. Their short, sweet presentation was a highlight of an evening of networking, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres.

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.
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