Arent Fox Launches The Center for Racial Equality
The Center was created following the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and the weaponization of race against Chris Cooper. These recent examples of police and community violence against people of color, most especially Black and African Americans, now include Jacob Blake and reinforce the need for long-term support and attention on these critical issues. The Center’s mission will focus on taking concrete steps toward addressing systemic inequalities.
Prior to the launch, the Center spearheaded initiatives that aim to help in the advancement of racial justice. This includes:
- Partnering: Working with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to help address potential Voting Rights and policing issues.
- Fundraising: Leading an internal Arent Fox fundraiser that resulted in a combined $150,000 in donations for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
The Center’s essential goals focus on initiating change:
- At Work: Supporting and coordinating initiatives to promote equality for Black people and other people of color at Arent Fox and in the legal community.
- In the Law: Initiating and supporting pro bono activities to promote racial justice in all of our communities.
- Through Education: Sponsoring workshops and educational sessions to advance the mission.
- In Policy: Advocating for legislative reform.
- In the Community: Strengthening partnerships with existing organizations that are dedicated to racial justice, ending discrimination, and social reform for members of the Black community and communities of color.
As part of its founding Mission Statement, the Center notes:
Founding members of the Center include Chair Mark M. Katz, Firmwide Managing Partner Cristina A. Carvalho, Partners David L. Dubrow, Darrell S. Gay, Lewis Goss II, M. Scott Peeler, and Eva J. Pulliam, Associate Douglas E. Hewlett, Jr., Diversity & Inclusion Director Alison Bygrave, and Senior Accounts Payable Manager Kimberly Chapman.