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Washington, D.C.

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.

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.

Working to Close the Digital Divide 
Danielle Frappier founded and leads DWT’s nationally recognized practice helping clients participate in the Lifeline and E-rate programs, two of the federal government’s main initiatives to provide subsidized, affordable communications services to low-income citizens and schools and libraries. She’s aware of the many regulatory and other challenges that stand in the way of digital equality, so she was well-equipped to participate in a panel discussion on “Closing the Divide: How High-Tech Platforms Can Bridge Health, Wealth, and Educational Disparities in the 21st Century.” She spoke as part of the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council’s 7th Annual Broadband and Social Justice Summit, held in January 2016 in Washington, D.C. MMTC is the leading national nonprofit organization advocating for diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity in media and telecom. Our firm is pleased to be a sponsor of the MMTC Summit.

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.

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 third summit in L.A. in February 2016.
Davis Wright Tremaine Repeats as Innovative Law Firm of the Year
Diversity & Inclusion – 2018 Report – Read more