June 05, 2020

Black Lives Matter

Statement from the Leadership of the Business Law Section

Black Lives Matter. We, like so many of you across the country and the world, are outraged by the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless known and unknown other Black Americans. We are also resolved that we can and must do better.

The Business Law Section stands, without presumption, in solidarity with the Black community and with all people seeking an end to racism and intolerance. We condemn these unjust killings, and we support all those exposing pernicious, systemic racism not only in our criminal justice system but across American society, including the business world and the legal profession.

The Business Law Section has a long-standing tradition and practice of advancing diversity and inclusion within the Section and the legal profession and contributing to the causes of equality and social justice; it is not just what we do, it is who we are, both as a Section and as individual members. We recognize the great responsibility we have as business law professionals to advance justice and support the rule of law, for the benefit of all, and in particular to ensure that Black Americans have access to justice and a meaningful expectation of just treatment under the law.

Today, we humbly reaffirm our fundamental commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice, and we commit to redouble our efforts to eliminate systemic racism and to advocate for needed legal reforms through the power of business law, business lawyers, and business court judges.

To support the Section and its members in promoting within its mission a more unified and just society for Black Americans, others who have experienced similar systemic discrimination, and our communities, please send suggestions and information here.

For more information on the Section’s existing programs promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, please use the following links: Business Law Fellows Program, Diversity Clerkship Program; Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund.