Law Firm Antiracism Alliance: Dismantling Systemic Racism in the Law
Morrow and DeVaney discussed what inspired them to establish the alliance, which emphasizes the need for law firms to do more in partnership with legal services organizations to identify and dismantle structural and systemic racism in the law. The LFAA focuses on facilitating pro bono work as the primary method of pursuing its goal of racial equity.
The alliance marked its one-year anniversary in 2021, and Morrow and DeVaney talked with Kim about the challenges and successes they’ve experienced. They noted that the LFAA isn’t the first organization to tackle systemic racism, but that their approach – collaborating across law firms – is unique. They shared why lawyers are key to bringing about effective change and also highlighted their long-term objectives for the LFAA.
In addition to working with the LFAA, Morrow is the head of Diversity & Inclusion at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; DeVaney is the director of Pro Bono Programs at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Kim serves on the LFAA advisory council.
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