The Diversity + Inclusion (D+I) team has conducted meetings with our Black Affinity Network to discuss, with the help of an outside moderator, the emotions and concerns arising from recent events.
To support our diverse attorneys, our Diversity Strategy Committee and our D+I team quickly took action following the killing of George Floyd. Our outreach allowed us to determine how to improve our support for diverse attorneys, both individually and at a group level. Resources and support are offered at a firmwide level for those who may be struggling during this difficult time.
The firm is hosting a series of broader ally meetings for the MoFo community to discuss and share best practices on how to be a more effective ally in this moment.
Our Human Resources team led this timely and engaging webinar about difficult conversations in unsettling times. The materials for this webinar offered guidance for staying safe, dealing with the effects of social upheaval, and de-escalation techniques, among other topics.
In addition to the internal and external statements from Larren, Mark Whitaker, Natalie Kernisant, several firm leaders, and our office managing partners offered their own reflections on the killing of George Floyd, the disproportionate acts of police brutality on individuals of color, the Black Lives Matter movement, and racial injustice.