Underscoring our commitment to racial equality

In the wake of the senseless deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and unfortunately many others, DLA Piper stands shoulder to shoulder with the Black/African American community as well as other vulnerable communities. We see you, we hear you and we support you. DLA Piper categorically and unequivocally condemns systemic racism. We have seen time and again over the course of our lives the marginalization and institutional biases that burden our communities and the nation. As Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

As a law firm, we are firmly committed to making a meaningful contribution and thereby becoming part of the solution. To do this, we must look both inward and outward. We are listening to our communities and our colleagues who are sharing their painful realities, ideas and aspirations for a better future.

At DLA Piper, we are committed to making our justice system more fair and equitable for everyone. We will continue and expand upon our pro bono and philanthropic work focused on criminal and juvenile justice, voting rights, access to justice for those most in need, improving educational outcomes for children, and assisting community not-for-profit organizations. Just last month, the firm joined more than 100 corporations and advocacy organizations committed to promoting inclusion, denouncing racism and bias, supporting our communities, and providing financial support. Our Diversity & Inclusion and Pro Bono teams are meeting with civil rights organizations to discuss their pro bono needs, and we continue to support diverse affinity bar associations.

We will continue to pursue ways where we can make an immediate difference in our respective communities. We are committed to using our legal skills, and the immense resources of our firm and its people, to fight injustice.

 

Signatures

Roger Meltzer
Global Co-Chairman,
Co-Chairman (Americas)
Cameron Jay Rains
Global Co-CEO, Co-Chairman (Americas)
Frank Ryan
US Chair Elect
 

Contacts