Diane O. Lucas
  1. Pro Bono Counsel for Racial Justice Initiatives

Ms. Lucas is Pro Bono Counsel for Racial Justice Initiatives at Davis Polk. She works with lawyers across the firm and with our nonprofit and community partners to develop, supervise and promote matters that reflect the firm’s commitment to creating systemic change to address racial and social injustice and inequality.

Prior to joining Davis Polk in October 2020, Ms. Lucas served as Director of Community Engagement and Senior Legal Counsel for the Justice Collaborative, where she helped to develop and implement strategic campaigns to advocate for reforms to policies driving dehumanization and extreme vulnerability, including mass incarceration, lack of health care, vulnerable employment, and the housing crisis. She also consulted with elected officials to develop and implement policies to identify and eliminate drivers of incarceration and execute decarceral policies throughout all stages of the criminal legal process. Previously, Ms. Lucas spent several years in the Civil Rights Bureau of the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society.

Of Note

  • Legislative Committee, Metropolitan Black Bar Association
  • Social Action Chair of the East Kings County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • 2017 Fellow, Council of Urban Professionals
  • Former Editorial Board Member, Perspectives Magazine, American Bar Association
  • Former Board Member, Made in Brownsville
  • Former Board Member, Ember Charter Schools

Professional History

  • Pro Bono Counsel for Racial Justice Initiatives, Davis Polk, 2020-present
  • Director of Community Engagement and Senior Legal Counsel, Justice Collaborative, 2018-2020
  • Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Bureau, Office of the New York State Attorney General, 2014-2018
  • Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Division, Legal Aid Society, 2011-2014
  • Associate, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, 2008-2011
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Bernice B. Donald, U.S. District Court, W.D. Tennessee, 2007-2008

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, N.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York

Education

  • B.A., Economics, New York University, 2003
    • cum laude
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2007
    • General Editor, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review