Affinity Groups

The firm supports a number of affinity groups for lawyers who share common interests or backgrounds, designed to enhance our ability to offer networking and mentoring opportunities. They include affinity groups for African-American/Black; Asian/South Asian/Middle Eastern; Hispanic/Latino American; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT); parent and women lawyers.

Events recently sponsored by our affinity groups include:


  • Attended Broadway performance of “A Raisin in the Sun”

  • Hosted the 5th Annual Davis Polk Black Alumni Dinner with guest speaker and Davis Polk alum, TIAA-CREF President and CEO, Roger Ferguson

  • Co-hosted with the LGBT Affinity Group a documentary film screening of “Brother Outsider” about the life and work of Bayard Rustin, chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington; Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s

Asian/South Asian/Middle Eastern (ASAME)

  • Guest speaker: Helen Wan, Associate General Counsel of Time Inc. and author

  • Guest speaker: Jerry Kang, Law Professor at the UCLA School of Law School, on the topic of implicit bias (co-hosted with all affinity groups)

  • Biennial partner panel discussion on how ethnicity has affected their career paths, and the benefits and challenges of practicing overseas

  • Hosted reception for Davis Polk ASAME alumni

  • Co-hosted with client Bank of America a program/networking event featuring Consultant Tracy LaLonde on “Strategic Networking In and Out of the Workplace”


  • Co-hosted speed mentoring event for new ethnically diverse associates

  • Co-hosted with the Black Affinity Group a welcome reception for summer associates

  • Sponsored networking event at Novecento designed to bring awareness to Las LÍderes and expand the network of professionals interested in LatinoJustice generally; Las LÍderes was formed in 2012 in order to expand LatinoJustice’s outreach to young professionals; a Davis Polk associate serves on the board of Las LÍderes


  • Fielded a team for AIDS Walk New York

  • Hosted LeGal panel discussion on 2013 “Year in Review” of top LGBT developments in the courts and various legislatures

  • Hosted reception at a partner’s home for LGBT lawyers and summer associates

Davis Polk Parents

  • Guest speaker: Guy Maddalone, Founder and CEO of GTM Payroll Services and author of How to Hire a Nanny: A Household HR Handbook

  • Guest speaker: Vannina Boussouf, Head of the Primary School of the Lycée Français de New York, a leading bilingual school
    in Manhattan

  • Guest speaker: Dr. Aliza Pressman, Co-Founder of seedlingsgroup, for a discussion on “Positive Approaches to Learning: Skills to Nurture Young Children’s Persistence, Attention, Impulse Control, Emotion Regulation, Communication and Flexible Thinking”

  • Guest speaker: Author Andrew Solomon, discussing his most recent book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity


  • Series of small-group communication skills workshops for DPWomen

  • Co-sponsored Sara Holz, Harvard Law School alumna and author of Bringin’ in the Rain: A Women Lawyer’s Guide to Business Development with the Harvard Law School Women’s Alliance

  • Program on “Women & Finance” by Katherine Bruck, Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

  • Guest Speaker: Consultant Tracy LaLonde on “Networking That Generates Results”

  • Panel Discussion featuring Davis Polk alumnae partners