Arnold & Porter Partners with Advancement Project National Office to Address Equity in Education
Washington, DC — December 17, 2020 — Arnold & Porter and Advancement Project National Office announced today that they have established a three-year partnership to address systemic inequalities in the United States education system. The partnership will support the Advancement Project National Office’s mission to fight systemic racism in schools, which continues to disproportionately impact students of color, as well as low-income students.
“All children deserve equitable access to high quality education,” said Arnold & Porter firm Chairman Richard Alexander. “We look forward to partnering with the Advancement Project National Office on a range of initiatives from expanding our pro bono advocacy to funding a full-time position to help fight economic and racial injustice.”
“Nearly 70 years after Brown v. Board of Education, educational opportunities in the United States remain unequal,” said Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director of Advancement Project National Office. “Now, challenges posed by the COVID pandemic exacerbate these inequalities and pose a serious threat to the education of our children. Advancement Project and Arnold & Porter have a long history of working together on important racial justice issues, and we are excited to partner with them on such critical and necessary work to break down structural barriers Black and Brown children continue to face to high quality education.”
Advancement Project National Office has been dedicated to strengthening social movements and achieving high impact policy change for over two decades. Since its inception, Advancement Project has worked with grassroots organizations to pursue educational equity. In addition to providing pro bono support to the Project’s legal advocacy, the Arnold & Porter Foundation will fund a full-time staff attorney position focused on educational civil rights.
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The Arnold & Porter Foundation was set up to further advance our efforts toward equality and justice, is a tax-exempt private foundation that provides scholarships to minority law students, funds fellowships for recent law school graduates at tax-exempt organizations, and awards grants to other charitable and educational organizations.
About Advancement Project National Office
Advancement Project National Office is a multi-racial civil rights organization. Founded by a team of veteran civil rights lawyers in 1999, Advancement Project was created to develop and inspire community-based solutions based on the same high quality legal analysis and public education campaigns that produced the landmark civil rights victories of earlier eras.