A MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY
In the face of injustice, Greenberg Traurig’s Social, Racial, and Economic Justice Action Plan commits to the rule of law and equality for all.
More deeply than ever before, we join the voices against racism. We are listening. We see you. We are with you. As lawyers we have a responsibility to drive change, fight injustice, and advocate for justice. Never has it been more critical than now for us to recognize that role and opportunity and to act on it. We need to stand up and ensure justice and respect for all. We do a great deal. But it’s not enough. The murder of George Floyd — and those who came before and since him unfortunately — are stark reminders that we need to do more and stand up and ensure justice and respect for all. This is our time to listen. To have those uncomfortable conversations. To have the courage to act and to do our part. It is way past time.
More than ever, all of us need to come together.
Greenberg Traurig is among the law firms that have joined the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance
Greenberg Traurig is among the law firms that have joined the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance, as detailed by The American Lawyer in an article titled "Over 125 Firms Have Joined the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance."
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Diversity, inclusion and respect for the individual are part of GT’s core values. We are going to redouble our commitment to live and act on those values. We have a number of lawyers involved as advocates on the pro bono front. The firm is also participating in several national and grass roots efforts to support racial justice efforts and working with several organizations closer than ever before, including the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund and the Equal Justice Initiative, and continuing our work as the largest contributor to Equal Justice Works. We will do more as part of a multi-phase Social, Racial and Economic Justice Action Plan.
Below are published Op-Ed columns written by Ernest Greer, Jaret Davis, and Michael Pratt. Ernest is one of the most senior Black leaders in any international law firm. Jaret has grown up at GT, joining as a summer associate and becoming a respected and cherished leader in South Florida. Michael is an accomplished litigator in our Philadelphia office. Please read these – and listen. We can all learn so much from them.
June 18, 2020 | A. Michael Pratt | The American Lawyer
A Black Father's Letter to His Black Son: 'My Mission Is to Keep You Safe'
May 31, 2020 | Ernest LaMont Greer | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Opinion: America has lost its heart and that hurts us all
June 03, 2020 | Jaret L. Davis | The Miami Herald
Jaret Davis, power lawyer and ‘large black man:’ Admitting mutual pain is first step
On Friday, June 19th, 2020 Greenberg Traurig will observe Juneteenth as a firm holiday in the United States
On Friday, June 19th, 2020, Greenberg Traurig will observe Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S., as a firm holiday in our U.S. offices. We do this in continued solidarity with all who seek a better way forward and as part of our Social, Racial and Economic Justice Action Plan. Juneteenth celebrates that on June 19th, 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, news of liberation reached one-quarter million Black slaves in Texas, thereby officially ending slavery with the words from General Granger: “…This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property…”. We are encouraged that today, change seems to be coming swiftly and are proud to continue to be agents of change, as a firm, and as individuals.
This is an important celebration during an important time in our nation’s history. We hope that you can take this time to reflect on the messages of Juneteenth, of freedom, justice, and personal responsibility to do what is right.