WilmerHale, along with a group of law firm leaders, has made a commitment to racial equality by joining the newly formed Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA). The LFAA’s growing list includes over 125 law firms who have signed on to participate in the program.
The Alliance’s purpose is to “leverage the resources of the private bar in partnership with legal services organizations to amplify the voices of communities and individuals oppressed by racism, to better use the law as a vehicle for change that benefits communities of color and to promote racial equity in the law.” Recognizing the unique position lawyers and law firms have to analyze and advocate for change in laws and policies, the LFAA aims to use the collaborative efforts of law firms, in partnership with social and racial justice organizations, and other sectors of the legal profession and key stakeholders to create everlasting change.
Joining the Alliance is another step in WilmerHale’s commitment to racial equality. In addition to joining the Alliance, WilmerHale will continue to undertake pro bono work concerning underrepresented communities and individuals both immediate and long-term in scope, and is committed to doing its part to ensure meaningful change. Other commitments made by the firm include:
- Pledging to donate at least $250,000 to organizations working on police reform efforts.
- Committing to selecting two fellows annually to work at any civil rights organization that is committed to addressing issues related to systemic racism, criminal justice, and police accountability.
- Enhancing and building upon the firm’s past pro bono efforts seeking to address racial inequities in various contexts with a heightened emphasis on police reform.
- Continuing to provide legal assistance to members of our community, as well as others, who are arrested in any peaceful protest.