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Companies today are caught between demands by stakeholders to set and deliver on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) commitments, and an onslaught of new challenges from litigants, activists, regulators and investors. We help boards, senior executives and in-house counsel safely navigate this increasingly fraught landscape and respond to threats in a manner that mitigates reputational and legal risk and drives long-term success.

Events

Jeh Johnson and Liza Velazquez to Speak at ABA Litigation Section Annual Conference

Litigation partners Jeh Johnson and Liza Velazquez will participate in discussions at the American Bar Association’s 2024 Litigation Section Annual Conference.

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Publications

It’s Still Lawful to Encourage Workforce Diversity, Loretta Lynch Tells Washington Post Amid Recent Attacks on Corporate Diversity Programs

Litigation partner Loretta Lynch spoke withĚýThe Washington PostĚýabout strategies to combat new lawsuits targeting corporate diversity programs.

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Our Practice

Paul, Weiss offers unique advantages in representing companies and boards facing challenges to their DEI-related efforts and in averting or minimizing future liability.

FIRM NEWS

Paul, Weiss Launches Dedicated DEI Strategic Advisory Group

Paul, Weiss has launched a new DEI Strategic Advisory practice aimed at helping companies navigate the increasingly challenging legal landscape surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion programs, policies and commitments.

FIRM NEWS

NYSBA Task Force, Led by Paul, Weiss, Releases Report on Advancing Diversity

The New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Advancing Diversity has released a detailed, timely blueprint for law schools, corporations, law firms and courts to maintain and increase their diversity in the wake of the Supreme Court’s June decision barring race-conscious university admissions policies.

Publications

Loretta Lynch and Liza Velazquez Publish Article on Proactive Private Company DEI Audits in Directorship Magazine

Litigation partners Loretta Lynch and Liza Velazquez co-wrote an article for the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Directorship magazine exploring the ways in which proactive DEI audits can help private companies achieve their DEI goals while avoiding legal, regulatory and reputational pitfalls.

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Loretta Lynch Discusses DEI Strategic Advisory Group With Bloomberg Law

Litigation partner Loretta Lynch spoke with Bloomberg Law about the new wave of DEI-focused practices at Big Law firms following the Supreme Court decision on affirmative action earlier this year.

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Events

Liza Velazquez to Discuss Legal Challenges to DEI at Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Webinar

Litigation partner Liza Velazquez will participate in a virtual discussion, “Leaders at the Front: Diversity and the Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Decision, Part 2,” hosted by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

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Publications

Backtracking on Corporate DEI Commitments Now Is a Mistake, Loretta Lynch and Liza Velazquez Tell Law360

Litigation partners Loretta Lynch and Liza Velazquez spoke with Law360 about how the recent Supreme Court decision on affirmative action has created legal confusion for corporate employers and why backtracking on DEI commitments poses potential legal risks for corporations.

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Publications

Loretta Lynch Discusses Civil Rights & Racial Equity Audit Practice in New York Law Journal Innovation Profile

Civil Rights & Racial Equity Audit Practice Chair Loretta Lynch spoke with the New York Law Journal about the practice’s achievements since its launch last year, for which Paul, Weiss was awarded an NYLJ 2023 “Innovation Award.”

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Liza Velazquez to Discuss Effective and Compliant Approaches to Workplace DEI Programs at PLI Event

Litigation partner Liza Velazquez will participate in a panel, “The Impact of Supreme Court Decision on Workplace Diversity, Equity & Inclusion,” as part of the Practising Law Institute’s Supporting Diverse and Inclusive Legal Workplaces 2023 program.

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Publications

Loretta Lynch Discusses Best Practices for Corporate DEI Audits With Law360

Litigation partner Loretta Lynch spoke with Law360 about ways companies can set a DEI audit up for success.

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