FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WOMEN’S BAR ASSOCIATION STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO
THE DEREK CHAUVIN VERDICT
BOSTON, MA – April 21, 2021 – Yesterday, a jury in Minneapolis held Derek Chauvin accountable for murdering George Floyd in broad daylight on May 25, 2020. This verdict provides justice for the Floyd family and a bitter sense of relief for the rest of us. Justice in this case came through the bravery of citizen witnesses, including the 17-year-old young woman who filmed this atrocity.
The WBA mourns for the Floyd family and urges our members to support each other – especially our attorneys of color -- during the heaviness of this verdict and in the collective trauma of ongoing police killings of black and brown people.
This verdict does not solve the systemic racism in our justice system. The WBA strongly believes that Black Lives Matter and that equal justice under the law will only be achieved if all of us work to address the enduring structures of systemic racism and social inequities.
About the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts
Founded in 1978 by a group of activist women lawyers, the Women’s Bar Association boasts a large membership of women lawyers, judges, policy makers, and law students across Massachusetts. The WBA is committed to the full and equal participation of women in the legal profession and in a just society. The WBA works to achieve this mission through committees and events and by developing and promoting a legislative agenda to address society’s most critical social and legal issues. Other WBA activities include networking and professional development, drafting amicus briefs, studying employment issues affecting women, encouraging women to enter the judiciary, recognizing the achievement of women in the law, and providing pro bono services to women in need through its sister organization, the Women’s Bar Foundation. For more information, visit www.womensbar.org.
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