Oct. 26, 2020
Nelson Mullins has joined the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA), an international collaboration across law firms focused on identifying the causes of and solutions for racial inequity. As an LFAA member, Nelson Mullins joins an effort to identify policies, laws, and practices in the U.S., and within the legal industry itself, that carry out racial inequity and to work collaboratively as a change agent to dismantle its causes.
Leaders of Nelson Mullins’ Pro Bono Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee are actively participating in LFAA. Pro bono Partner Taylor Daly, Pro Bono Administrator Norah Rogers, and D&I Committee Chair Charles Huddleston have attended LFAA’s first and second summits — planning sessions for the work LFAA intends to do.
“The goal of the LFAA is to bring together the knowledge base, relationships and expertise of lawyers throughout the world to tackle the root causes of racial inequality and to help implement change through legislation, social policy, and litigation to provide equality to all,” Daly said. She is a member of LFAA’s education and racism working group.
The alliance was founded by former and current Association of Pro Bono Counsel leaders who saw that a collaboration of private law firms could create deep, sustainable change in the fabric of the American legal system. Chartered with 18 law firms, including Skadden, Ropes & Gray, and Dentons, LFAA has grown into a network of 240 members. LFAA collaborators include at least one law firm in every U.S. state as well as firms in Canada, Brazil, the U.K., Austria, South Africa, and Australia. Though the focus is on systemic racism in America, the alliance will draw from other countries’ models of anti-racism.
The LFAA’s first major project is to develop a systemic racism legal inventory, a catalogue of laws, rules, policies, and practices across the nation that result in negative outcomes for people of color. Priority focus is determined by affected communities, community organizers, and policy experts. From there, the alliance plans to dismantle these mechanisms of systemic racism through attacks in court and in legislatures.
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