I, Neil Barr, personally commit to the following:
- Lead by example in fostering an inclusive environment where all who work at the Firm—regardless of their background—feel a sense of belonging and respect.
- Ensure that our focus on diversity, equity and inclusion is not a standalone initiative, but rather that these values permeate everything we do at Davis Polk.
- Meet at least quarterly with our affinity group steering committees—comprised of counsel and associates—and meet regularly with our Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer to monitor the experiences of our diverse lawyers.
- Work with practice group leaders to ensure a diverse pipeline of partnership candidates.
- Consider a diverse slate of candidates in the appointment of Firm leadership roles to ensure a range of backgrounds, experiences and ideas.
- Continue to communicate key DEI initiatives and convey the importance of active participation in such initiatives during firmwide town halls.
- Provide regular opportunities for lawyers to receive DEI training during internal professional development programming and milestone events.
- Advocate for a “speak-up” culture and create psychological safety, so that people can share their opinions, acknowledge our differences openly where appropriate and constructively resolve problems.
- Bring Davis Polk’s renowned tradition of excellence and rigor to our DEI efforts, so that our approach remains thoughtful and cutting-edge, rooted in the latest research in social and behavioral psychology and neuroscience.
- Monitor the experiences of individual diverse lawyers, as well as the substance, variety and client exposure of their assignments with a view to advancing diverse talent within practice groups.
- Recognize lawyers’ contributions to the Firm’s DEI efforts during the annual review process.
- Sponsor diverse lawyers to attend industry-leading conferences focusing on the advancement of underrepresented lawyers.
- Continue to collaborate with clients on joint diversity-themed programs and social events to provide opportunities for diverse lawyers to build relationships with clients outside of their work.
- Continue to enhance our DEI learning and development strategy and curriculum, with specific trainings for all lawyers at the Firm, from summer associates to partners.
- Working closely with our Pro Bono Counsel for Racial Justice Initiatives, remain committed to eradicating racism and racial injustice through four strategic areas intended to effect meaningful change: advocate, serve, support and educate.