Posted on July 8, 2020 by Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere… Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly… Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere in this country.
– Excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail (April 16, 1963)
As lawyers, it is our job to advocate for the rights of those who do not have a voice, and to stand strong in opposition to injustice. We will not be silent observers. We are taking this moment to listen, learn, and stand with our community to create change.
Recent events both nationally and locally have put a spotlight on issues of race and diversity that exist in our country. We have an obligation and ethical duty to promote justice and the effective operation of the judicial system. This is not something we take lightly; we believe that injustice to one is injustice for all. In an effort to help those in need, the Lasher community is working to combat inequality both as firm and to support our attorneys and staff members who contribute their time and effort to non-profit organizations that assist the most vulnerable of our community.
While equality and inclusiveness have always been core values of the firm, we are also aware that it is important to reflect on the work that we still must do within our firm and in the community to advance the principle of justice for all. We are committed to the following:
- Review and revision of our current policies to improve the recruitment, retention, and promotion of Black staff and attorneys.
- Implementation of firm-wide training on the issue of implicit bias and the encouragement of open discussions on this subject.
- Our charitable focus has long been centered on hunger, homelessness and advocacy for children and families. To this we will add meaningful charitable contributions to causes that promote justice for those who have been systematically denied a voice.
- Formation of a Diversity & Inclusion Committee charged with developing additional firm-wide programs to further our commitment to racial justice.
Current events remind us of the need to support each other and to come together as a firm, a community, and a nation. We will all continue to individually and collectively work towards equality and diversity for real and dedicated change.
“No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger than its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise.” ~ Marian Anderson