Poindexter Page first came to O’Melveny as a Staff Attorney in the e-discovery department, where she helped establish some of the firm’s core case management protocols. Animated by her “natural affinity for diversity issues,” she became active in several firm groups, including the African American Professionals Affinity Group (AAP) and the LA Women's Attorney Network. “Eventually, I realized I wanted to cover this ground in my day-to-day role,” Poindexter Page explained. She took advantage of O’Melveny’s personalized career development coaching and mentoring scheme to plot out a new course, eventually transitioning to a Work Coordinator position in the Talent Development group.
Poindexter Page’s involvement in various social justice programs continued apace over the years, resulting in recognition from firm leadership as well as the profession at large. In 2014, her work with the AIDS Legal Services Project earned her the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Honorable Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Award. In 2016,
O’Melveny awarded her its highest honor, the Warren Christopher Values Award. Finally, in 2019, when the current AAP co-chair stepped down, she was asked to take their place.
“As co-chair, my guiding principle has been, and always will be, connectivity,” Poindexter Page said. “The many people of color who work at O’Melveny need to be able to see each other. That’s why we’ve made internal networking a priority.” When a self-identified Black employee joins the firm, for example, the AAP reaches out with a welcome message and offers to connect them with other members of the group. “Our vision for the future is all about building long-lasting relationships and improving retention, and these strategies play an instrumental role. We want to make people really feel at home here.”
Poindexter Page and co-chair Tracy Scott have enlisted additional perspectives to help employees make sense of their post-pandemic “new normal”—and strengthen their connections to each other. The AAP has partnered with two other employee networks, the Asian South-Asian Islander Society and Latino/a Employee Network, to examine how discrimination, race, language, and criminal justice policies impact their communities. They also invited Jody David Armour, Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at the USC Gould School of Law, to discuss racism in the legal industry, particularly the importance of challenging conventional recruiting methods.
More than anything, Poindexter Page is struck by the potential for meaningful solidarity between different affinity groups at the firm. “As my team and I work to train and mentor young lawyers of color at O’Melveny, it’s an approach I want us all to keep top of mind. Those connections are what will power the next generation of diverse legal leaders.”