Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Resource Center

Since the United States Supreme Court released its decision in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard in June 2023, the landscape for corporate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (“DEI”) initiatives has experienced significant upheaval. Employers with robust DEI programs are facing an increased risk of litigation and many are grappling with how to maintain their DEI objectives while also mitigating risk. Gibson Dunn has formed a Workplace DEI Task Force, bringing to bear the Firm’s experience in employment, appellate and constitutional law, DEI programs, securities and corporate governance, and government contracts to help our clients conduct legally privileged audits of their DEI programs, assess litigation risk, develop creative and practical approaches to accomplish their DEI objectives in a lawful manner, and defend those programs in private litigation and government enforcement actions as needed. We are closely monitoring developments in this area and are preparing bi-monthly updates to help employers navigate the increasingly thorny environment of DEI post-SFFA. Those updates and other resources will be posted here. Should you have questions about developments in this space or about your own DEI programs, please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of our DEI Task Force, listed below.

DEI Task Force

Jason C. Schwartz

Washington, D.C.

Katherine V.A. Smith

Los Angeles

Zakiyyah T. Salim-Williams

Washington, D.C.

Molly T. Senger

Washington, D.C.

Blaine H. Evanson

Orange County

Zoë Klein

Washington, D.C.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

DEI Task Force Update (May 22, 2024)

-May 22, 2024

DEI Task Force Update (May 8, 2024)

-May 8, 2024

DEI Task Force Update (April 24, 2024)

-April 24, 2024

DEI Task Force Update (April 10, 2024)

-April 10, 2024

DEI Task Force Update (March 27, 2024)

-March 27, 2024

DEI Task Force Update (March 13, 2024)

-March 13, 2024

Federal Courts Issue Opinions in Two Important DEI Cases

-March 11, 2024

DEI Task Force Update (February 28, 2024)

-February 28, 2024

DEI Task Force Update (February 14, 2024)

-February 14, 2024

DEI Task Force Update (February 2, 2024)

-February 2, 2024

DEI Task Force Update (January 17, 2024)

-January 17, 2024

DEI Task Force Update (January 4, 2024)

-January 4, 2024

Fearless Fund Briefs

-December 15, 2023

DEI Task Force Update (December 13, 2023)

-December 13, 2023

DEI Task Force Update (November 29, 2023)

-November 29, 2023

DEI Task Force Update (November 15, 2023)

-November 15, 2023

DEI Task Force Update (November 2, 2023)

-November 2, 2023

Colorado Attorney General Upholds Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Formal Legal Opinion

-October 9, 2023

Federal Court Extends Students for Fair Admissions to Invalidate Use of Certain Racial Preferences in Government Contracting

-July 25, 2023

Attorneys General of 13 States Issue Warning to Fortune 100 Companies Regarding Their Diversity and Inclusion Programs in Wake of Supreme Court’s Decision Overturning Affirmative Action in Higher Education

-July 18, 2023

The Supreme Court Limits The Use Of Race In College Admissions: Potential Impact On Workplace Diversity Programs

-June 29, 2023