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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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

Our approach

Diverse talent
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.

We offer the Davis Polk 2L Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Fellowship for rising 2L students who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing DEI.

 

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 (U.S. and U.K.)
  • Prep for Prep
  • Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program
Equitable systems
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 recruiting and retention efforts. We focus on the professional development and advancement of our lawyers from the start of their time here. To demonstrate this commitment, we are proud to be a Mansfield Certified firm.

 

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
Inclusive culture
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.

 

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

  • Asian/South Asian/Middle Eastern (ASAME)
  • Black Affinity Group (BAG)
  • Davis Polk Veterans
  • DPW Parents
  • DPWomen
  • First Generation
  • Hispanic/Latin American (H/LA)
  • LGBTQ+
Commitment beyond the firm
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. 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.

 

Our partners include: 

DEI snapshot

39%
U.S. lawyers who self-identify as racially/ethnically diverse and/or LGBTQ+
60%
Firmwide committees that are chaired or co-chaired by a partner who self-identifies as a woman, racially/ethnically diverse and/or LGBTQ+
51%
2024 summer associates who self-identify as women
53%
Partners promoted over the past five years who self-identify as women, racially/ethnically diverse and/or LGBTQ+

Our DEI team

Kisha Nunez
Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
Bobby Codjoe
Bobby Codjoe
Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Operations
Annie Flores
Annie Flores
Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Kevin Harrington
Kevin Harrington
Senior Specialist, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Brianna Jones
Senior Coordinator, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion