O’Melveny is not a firm content to sit on the sidelines of the historic mobilization for racial justice now sweeping our nation. To help translate our longstanding O’Melveny values into action on this urgent cause, the firm’s Racial Justice Committee is advising firm leadership on issues of racial justice and equity, promoting an open dialogue and soliciting a range of viewpoints about challenges inside and outside the firm.
We are focused on identifying concrete actions we can take for addressing systemic racial and social injustice. The RJC is working closely with many of the firm’s existing committees and groups, including our Diversity & Inclusion, Pro Bono, Corporate Social Responsibility, Alumni, and Management teams, to coordinate internal and external engagements and actions.
So much work lies ahead, and the RJC has already launched several initiatives, including collaborative pro bono engagements and volunteer opportunities with outside organizations, exploring fellowship opportunities for our people, and expanding our training programs. The RJC has been instrumental in:
- Coordinating three separate $25,000 donations by the firm to The Advancement Project, Color of Change, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund;
- Securing the firm’s commitment as a founding member of the Law Firm Anti-Racism Alliance, a coalition of law firms committed to using the private legal community’s resources to promote racial equity;
- Partnering with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund to challenge the potential conflicts created by St. Louis prosecutors joining the police union and becoming members of the same bargaining unit; and
- Collaborating with other major law firms to help achieve the repeal of New York’s Section 50-a, which had allowed law enforcement agencies to shield police disciplinary records, a victory for transparency that Governor Cuomo signed into law on June 12.
And because racial justice is everyone’s responsibility, we have encouraged all of our attorneys and staff to discuss these vital issues and coordinate efforts in our local offices, a process that is already underway across our firm.
We look forward to sharing more about our ongoing efforts as we continue to do our part to promote racial justice, equity, and empowerment.
|Bradley J. Butwin
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Diversity & Inclusion
|Jared F. Bartie
Diversity & Inclusion