Dechert’s Black Lawyers Alliance supports the development and retention of Black lawyers and educate others about the history and traditions of our cultures. To effect change, we identify and address DEI-related issues and create new and recurring programming focused on the attainment of professional and business development skills. We offer mentoring opportunities, retreats and educational workshop for diverse lawyers. Reaching beyond Dechert, we engage with our communities through advocacy and pro bono.
The Black Lawyers Alliance has been active in supporting the firm’s Stand Against Racism Town Hall and Speaker Series, to address recent events related to racism and social justice, as well as how to deal with it from a mental health perspective.
The group celebrated Black History Month by hosting a conversation on human dignity and criminal justice reform in America with Kevin Richardson, a member of the Exonerated Five, also known as the Central Park Five. The group has also celebrated Black History Month with a client event at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and with a talk by Professor Hosea Harvey on how and why the U.S. Census determines what race is — and should mean — in the United States.