Stand Against Racism

Kevin Richardson, member of the Exonerated Five

Stand Against Racism Town Hall and Speaker Series

Dechert’s Town Hall and Speaker Series addresses recent events related to racism and social justice in the United States and around the world, as well as the impact on our mental health and how to deal with the trauma.

Our objectives are to provide a safe space for the Dechert community to learn, share ideas and support each other. Speakers have included:

  • Sociologist Courtney Cogburn
  • Clinical psychotherapist Jacquesline Walker
  • Legal Innovators CEO Bryan Parker
  • British writer and broadcaster Afua Hirsch
  • Writer and comedian Baratunde Thurston
  • Criminal justice reform advocate and Exonerated Five member Kevin Richardson (pictured above)
  • Pediatrician Jacqueline Dougé
  • Black studies professor Kehinde Andrews
  • Former UK football player and ESPN commentator Shaka Hislop
  • Former WNBA player and Atlanta Dream co-owner Renee Montgomery

Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit

Dechert launched a comprehensive Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit, which is intended to deepen our understanding of racism, anti-racist practices and allyship. It is available on the firm’s intranet, and includes media articles, podcasts, book recommendations, and access to training.

Juneteenth – A Day to Reflect and Recharge

Dechert was a market leader in giving time off to commemorate Juneteenth on June 19, 2020. Dechert encouraged our community to invest this time in learning about the tragic killing of George Floyd and others, the events of the last few months, and the history that preceded them.

Protecting the Right to Vote

Dechert continues the fight for equality and justice through our renowned pro bono program. Working with community partners including the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Brennan Center for Justice, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Demos and the American Civil Liberties Union – Voting Rights Project, Dechert has handled numerous cases to protect the right to vote.