The Colorado Pledge to Diversity Legal Group (Pledge) stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. First, to the Black community: We see you. We grieve with you. We support you. As always, and more than ever, your voice is important to us. We are listening, learning, and we want to be a part of the solution.
The Pledge was founded for the purpose of addressing the inequities faced by Black law students and students of color, and expanded to address the inequities faced by students with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender students, and other individuals who have been traditionally under-represented in the practice of law. The lack of diversity in the Denver legal community negatively affects our discipline and the communities and clients we serve. Grounded in the legal profession, this organization is committed to justice and equal treatment under the law. Systemic racism, lack of opportunity, and direct violence continue to blight the Black community. We condemn and mourn the unlawful deaths of our Black brothers and sisters in the face of continued covert and overt inequities. The systemic devaluation of Black lives is not an issue confined to one community, one profession, or even one country; it will take work from all of us to make change. Today, Juneteenth, the Pledge reaffirms its longstanding commitment and pledges to act in solidarity with those who are targets of this violence and inequity. We are reflecting on our position and resources in the legal community to develop a strategic and targeted plan in support of the Black community in the Denver legal profession. We, the Pledge, strive to be the reason an individual feels welcomed, seen, heard, valued, loved, and supported. We affirm that this work should have no end. Black Lives Matter.