November 05, 2020

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) profiled Jenner & Block Partner Dawn L. Smalls, focusing on her experience running for public office. In 2019, Ms. Smalls ran as a first-time candidate in New York City’s first citywide special election. In a historically crowded field, she stood out, receiving more than 17,000 votes from voters in all five boroughs and placing ahead of members of the NYC Council and the NY State Assembly. “Given her impressive showing, Dawn’s name has been floated for a number of leadership positions on a local and federal level,” noted LCLD. In a question-and-answer, LCLD asked Ms. Smalls to share advice for anyone interested in her path. She responded: “Democracy only works if everyone participates in it. We too often complain about the state of our country or current leadership, but are always looking to someone else. I ran on the strong belief that politics doesn’t have to be a career in and of itself.” In a video, Ms. Smalls encourages everyone in the network to “vote, engage, and consider running for office yourself.”