Our Statement Against Racism
In response to recent protests following the killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan renews and reaffirms its opposition to systemic racism.
We recognize the reality that racism and discrimination, too often, preclude African Americans and other people of color from obtaining access and equal opportunity in employment. Civil rights statutes serve as important vehicles to eradicate racial injustice, and as labor and employment lawyers, we commit to continue utilizing these statutes to vigorously advocate for equal justice in the representation of our clients.
We further acknowledge that our words cannot replace our deeds; that listening will be important for all on this journey; and that for divisions to heal, we must focus on self-reflection, education, understanding, and most of all, unity, as we work collectively to identify sustainable solutions. In this vein, the section will continue to provide quality programming centered around race equity and implicit bias via our diversity luncheon series and then join with our members to do the very difficult work of putting what we learn into practice.
Please note: The Labor & Employment Law Section does not speak for all 2,221 of its members, but through your actions we will always speak for the rule of law and equal justice for all.
The Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan provides education, information and analysis about issues of concern through meetings, seminars, this site, public service programs, and publication of a newsletter. Membership in the Section is open to all members of the State Bar of Michigan.