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Hausfeld’s Racial Justice Commitment

At Hausfeld, achieving racial justice, inclusivity, and equity is core to our values.

Here are some examples of how we live out our values, both through our legal work and internally at the firm:

Demonstrated commitment to racial justice.

Hausfeld attorneys have represented victims of apartheid in South Africa, black Americans who were persecuted in the Tulsa race riots and their survivors, as well as plaintiffs in a racial-bias discrimination case against Texaco, Inc., among other civil rights and pro bono cases

Today, the firm continues to fight for victims of deeply-ingrained inequities, including taking on intersectional challenges like climate change litigation and advocacy

Supporting Change-Makers.

For over a decade, Hausfeld has supported the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, which seeks to exonerate innocent convicted individuals, who are disproportionately persons of color

Hausfeld ran a significant donation and employee matching program for the Equal Justice Initiative, the National Urban League, and the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, with ultimate donations of $50,000

The firm has joined the Law Firm Anti-Racism Alliance (LFAA), a group with the strategic goal of changing the way institutions deal with racial inequality

In collaboration with the Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership, Hausfeld has worked with students of underprivileged backgrounds in London with the aim of increasing social mobility in the profession

Change Coming From Within.

Our Diversity and Inclusion Committee has facilitated a series of mandatory trainings, including Anti-Bias and Diversity and Inclusion training for management, attorneys, and staff

At our 2020 virtual firm retreat, employees across Hausfeld’s offices worldwide participated in an “Unconscious Bias” training, conducted by diversity expert Michelle Silverthorn, the author of “Authentic Diversity: How to Change the Workplace for Good” and the CEO of Inclusion Nation.

The firm ran education initiatives on racial justice issues and anti-racism in connection with the firm’s recognition of Juneteenth and the UK’s Black History Month and plans to continue important community outreach around key holidays

Tracy O'Brien from the Race Equality Group in the UK came to the firm to discuss the silences and shortcomings in the way that Black British History has been portrayed, and what can be done to change this for the better

Hausfeld joined the Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule for Midsize Firms in the United States, an innovative national initiative modeled after the original Mansfield Rule, committing the firm to consider an intentionally broad and diverse pool of candidates when selecting leaders for positions within the firm, hiring entry-level and lateral attorneys, positioning lawyers for case leadership roles, and forming teams for client pitches.

The firm has implemented a 1L Diversity Fellowship Program in the United States, in which a 1L law student from a historically underrepresented background will be invited to join the firm’s summer associate class and receive a $10,000 scholarship toward the student’s law school costs.

Our work is far from done, and there is a long way to go. But with our collective commitment to racial justice, we will continue to strive for improvement and work towards a more equitable and just world.