Our Commitment to Racial Justice
June 1st, 2021
One year ago today, the world saw Minneapolis police officers kill George Floyd in broad daylight. That day shocked the world and forced everyone to reckon with the current status of race in our society. Lots of good has been done through regulation and legislation since the Civil Rights era of the late 1960s and early 1970s; however, the impact of historical racism still lives with us today in different ways.
As a firm, we have been wholeheartedly committed in our effort to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. We have a vibrant and diverse staff. Half of our lawyers are women, and our leadership is more diverse than ever. That said, we understand there is always room for improvement. We have been reflecting in the last few months since Mr. Floyd’s death about how we as a firm can do more to do our part to combat institutional racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination. We have also been thinking critically about how we can achieve the biggest impact within our collective sphere – our beloved workplace.
Today - and keeping with the memory of George Floyd and others who have suffered unjustified institutional discrimination - we are very happy and proud to announce that we created a new firm committee called the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, which will help steer our firm’s efforts, provide input and recommendations on better ways moving forward, and be a resource for us on these issues. We do not want to sit idly while these problems continue and worsen. We want our firm to be part of the solution. Silence and inaction are simply not acceptable. Our firm is dedicated and committed to being an inclusive, diverse, and safe environment for people of all walks of life, and we are excited about investing ourselves and resources into this necessary endeavor.