Firm Commits Substantial Pro Bono Resources to Initiatives that Combat Systemic Racism
Mintz has signed on as a charter member of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA), a new, concerted effort to dismantle systemic racism in the law, as part of the firm’s ongoing commitment to addressing racism and injustice in the United States.
Comprised of more than 125 law firms to date, LFAA is committed to leveraging its members’ resources, in partnership with legal services organizations, to amplify the voices of communities and individuals oppressed by racism, to better use the law as a vehicle for change that benefits communities of color, and to promote racial equity in the law.
“We are proud to band together with peer firms in this critical antiracism initiative,” said Mintz Managing Partner Robert I. Bodian. “Mintz plans to dedicate extensive pro bono resources to this effort, in addition to other work to create meaningful societal change.”
Notably, Mr. Bodian recently announced that all firm attorneys and professional staff will be encouraged to use Election Day, November 3, to vote, and to engage in other related activities. Mr. Bodian said that “this election that will have a profound impact on racism, social justice, and respect for all U.S. citizens, regardless of race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disabilities, or otherwise.”
Mintz has for decades undertaken social justice reform work on a pro bono basis. “Through our involvement with LFAA, we look forward to collaborating with other firms to expand our existing pro bono efforts to affect large scale systemic reform and advocate for individuals and communities oppressed by racism,” said Mintz Member and Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee Susan Finegan.
This pro bono work is a key component of the firm’s comprehensive plan to increase diversity and inclusion internally and in the legal community. Specifically, Mr. Bodian has vowed to increase by half the number of Black attorneys by June 2022, among other commitments.