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June 19, 2023

Statement of ABA President Deborah Enix-Ross Re: Juneteenth holiday

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2023 —The American Bar Association proudly celebrates Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the day in 1865 when the last enslaved Americans learned they were free.

The ABA recognizes the profound importance of Juneteenth in acknowledging the dark legacy of slavery and the ongoing efforts to achieve racial equality in our nation.

As legal professionals, we have a responsibility to advocate for equal justice under the law. The ABA is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive legal profession that upholds the principles of justice and equality not just on paper, but in practice. We urge all Americans to join in commemorating Juneteenth, to celebrate our progress and recommit to the work that still lies ahead.

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.