We are only half way through 2020 and it will certainly be one for the history books. Another year that should be on all of our minds is 1619; the year enslaved people were brought to what is now the United States of America. They were living, breathing human beings — men, women and children — who were dehumanized and treated as property. They helped to build the greatest democracy in the world while for centuries legally being deprived of its greatest gifts. Social, physical, legal and religious systems were created to perpetuate and enforce those depravations with brutal and often fatal consequences. A shameful legacy we continued to struggle with every day.
Our Bar Association exists to “promote reform in the law, to facilitate the administration of justice…within the profession and the community…” Article II Constitution of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland. As a member you should take pride in the manner our organization has responded to recent events and the call to action on racial injustice. From our members there has been justified outrage and a call for change and a tremendous outpouring of effort to enable that change. A number of members have reached out to me to share their ideas and their own personal experiences. ~ See More ~