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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Diversity of backgrounds, experiences and ideas is a core value that enriches our workplace – and enhances our ability to provide creative solutions tailored to our clients’ most challenging business needs. Our inclusive culture and commitment to equitable systems strengthen our connections to each other and to our clients.
About us

“Diversity is a key business priority that is central to how we work. Our goal is to create an inclusive, psychologically safe culture where everyone has a sense of belonging and the opportunity to succeed.”

– Francine Rosado-Cruz
Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

Our approach

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Diverse talent
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We gain a competitive advantage thanks to the creativity and superior problem-solving that diverse perspectives have been proven to deliver.

We want our lawyers to reflect the diversity of our communities, our clients and the world. We represent diversity of gender identity, ethnicity, LGBTQ+ status, ability, place of origin, language, educational background, socioeconomic status, non-legal expertise and experience, and more.

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We participate in the following pipeline programs to identify and recruit outstanding aspiring lawyers from untapped communities:

  • 1L LCLD Scholars Program
  • AnBryce Scholars Program
  • Legal Outreach
  • Sponsors for Educational Opportunity
  • Prep for Prep
  • Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program
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Equitable systems
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We are committed to ensuring equity of opportunity within the firm, from recruiting to career development.

To us, equity of opportunity does not mean uniformity. There are many different paths to success here, and individual attention to each person’s development is a key component of our DEI efforts. We focus on the professional development and advancement of our diverse lawyers from the start of their time here.

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Diverse associates are offered opportunities for professional development and leadership through programs including:

  • Affinity Group Steering Committees
  • Career Advisor Program
  • New York City Bar Association’s Associate Leadership Institute
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows and Pathfinders Program
  • Charting Your Own Course career conference
  • Ms. JD’s LaddHer Up conference
  • Corporate Counsel Women of Color conference
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Inclusive culture
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In order for people to be comfortable voicing their perspectives and true opinions, we continually foster a culture of inclusivity.

Culture doesn’t just happen. We have to cultivate it, and we all have a role to play. Our approach includes a robust learning and development strategy featuring a multi-year cumulative curriculum for business services professionals and lawyers at all levels.

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Our dynamic affinity groups provide networking, mentoring, career development and leadership opportunities for our diverse professionals, including:

  • Asian/South Asian/Middle Eastern (ASAME)
  • Black Affinity Group (BAG)
  • DPW Parents
  • DPWomen
  • Hispanic/Latinx American (HLA)
  • LGBTQ+
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Commitment beyond the firm
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We take responsibility for advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion outside of our firm.

As one of the world’s preeminent law firms, we have a responsibility to lead by example in our DEI efforts. We are compelled to make bold moves that inspire others in our profession and beyond. We also partner with outside organizations to advocate for racial justice in our communities and are actively involved in the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance and the Alliance for Asian American Justice.

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Our partners include:

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Logos for: Asian American Bar Association of New York, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, LGBT Bar NY, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, MCCA, NeuroLeadership Institute, Women in Law Empowerment Forum
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DEI snapshot

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34%
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U.S. lawyers who are racially/ethnically diverse and/or LGBTQ+
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60%
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Firmwide committees that are chaired or co-chaired by a diverse partner
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60%
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2021 summer associates who are racially/ethnically diverse or LGBTQ+
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42%
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Partners promoted over the past five years who are women, racially/ethnically diverse and/or LGBTQ+

Our DEI team

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Email our team: dei@davispolk.com

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Francine Rosado-Cruz Photo
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Francine Rosado-Cruz
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Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
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Stefanie L. Williams Photo
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Stefanie L. Williams
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Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
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Alexandra Palacios
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Alexandra Palacios
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Senior Specialist, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
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Jennifer Broyles
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Jennifer Broyles
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Coordinator, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
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Hana T. Abreha Photo
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Hana T. Abreha
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Assistant, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
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