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Working Toward Solutions

Thursday, June 4, 2020   (1 Comments)
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The following statement is from VBA President Alison M. McKee.

 

Dear Colleagues:

The Virginia Bar Association has always been committed to advancing justice and the rule of law in our society. We are deeply saddened by the tragic, senseless death of George Floyd. We are an inclusive organization that knows that Black Lives Matter. This recent event in Minneapolis and too many others like it betray the systemic racism that erodes the principles of justice, fairness and equality on which our great nation was founded. Our country continues to suffer from a second pandemic rooted in prejudice that began in the earliest days of this nation’s history and continues today. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, wounds from the events that rocked Charlottesville in the summer of 2017 are still raw.

We unequivocally support the peaceful demonstrations that have occurred in the wake of the Minnesota tragedy. We adamantly condemn the acts of violence that have endangered lives and destroyed property and have detracted from and weakened the message of those advocating for reform.

As Virginia lawyers and leaders in our communities, our association’s members are positioned to further solutions to eliminate the intolerance and inequities that are undermining faith in the justice system. It is a system that lies at the very core of our democratic society. To find and implement solutions, we must begin by encouraging difficult conversations, listening to others, and challenging others to do the same.

At our 2019 Annual Meeting, the VBA sponsored a program titled “Reuniting America: Can We Be Part of the Answer?” This was a start in the process of listening and learning. As a follow up to that program, on Tuesday the VBA co-sponsored with the University of Virginia Karsh Center for Law and Democracy a virtual meeting of educators and lawyers who discussed issues stemming from prejudice, intolerance and polarization in our society and continued discussing possible solutions to these problems. Whether it be formal or informal education or law reform, given the talents of our members and legislative resources, our association can make a difference in offering solutions to injustice and inequities.

We have a duty as Virginia lawyers to right wrongs, to uphold the rule of law in our society, and to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. The VBA is committed to being part of the solution in our Commonwealth and we challenge you to make a difference in your communities as we pursue the common goal of Justice for All.

Sincerely,

Alison M. McKee
VBA President

Comments...

Douglas J. Sanderson says...
Posted Saturday, June 6, 2020
Outstanding comment, Ms. McKee. Reading it makes me prouder to be a member of the VBA.

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