2023 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Award

Charles E. Polk III, Amundsen Davis, LLC

Congratulations to Charles Polk for being selected by the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee and the Awards Committee for the 2023 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Award! The WDC Spring Committee Awards recognize the talent, effort, and accomplishments of our incredible committee members and volunteer leaders.

Charles is the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee’s founding chair, and the Committee quite literally would not exist without his efforts. Creating a committee from scratch is no easy task. He embraced the committee as a passion project, and it has taken off. During his time as chair, Charles engaged committee members with regularly scheduled meetings and discussions on topics of interest. During these meetings, he created a safe space for an open and honest exchange of questions and thoughts about notoriously difficult topics. Charles went above and beyond to provide thought-provoking educational materials that have led to robust discussion, some of which WDC has used to create excellent social media content. Numerous committee members have commented that they benefitted from every meeting he hosted during his time as chair. In addition to his activities within the committee, Charles created and moderated a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion panel at the WDC Spring Conference in April of 2022, which was well-received and garnered significant positive feedback from those in attendance. Charles’ passion genuinely inspires those around him!

Charles is an associate at Amundsen Davis in Milwaukee. As a member of the Business Litigation Service Group, Charles handles civil rights and personal injury cases, Federal 1983 claims, municipal matters, insurance exposure and data security issues. He earned his undergraduate degree from Colgate University in 2016 and graduated from Marquette University Law School in 2019. Charles is a member of the Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers, the Milwaukee Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and Wisconsin Defense Counsel. He is the Co-chair of Amundsen Davis’s Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Outside the office, Charles volunteers at the Sojourner Family Peace Center, which serves victims of domestic violence and abuse. He aids survivors of domestic violence by providing pro bono representation, connecting them with legal aid, and by being a part of their support group that listens to their stories and fosters healing. 

Charles will be recognized during the WDC 2023 Spring Conference on April 13-14, 2023, at The American Club in Kohler.