Over the past several weeks we have watched the civil unrest in the United States unfold following the killing of George Floyd. We are aware of the profound impact of his killing and what has followed will be having on all of us but especially our black friends, neighbors and fellow citizens. We share a deep sense of revulsion at all types of racial injustice. In line with our strongly held commitment to justice and equality as a law firm we also believe that we must be committed to protecting and promoting these values – it is not enough that we simply say we believe in something, we have to take actions that make it a reality.
At this time, we as a law firm have adopted a policy to provide pro bono representation to anyone in Southern Maine who is facing criminal charges as a result of their involvement in peaceful protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. In addition, we announce our support and advocacy for the criminal justice reformed being called for by the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL), which are long overdue. These reforms are outlined in the attached letter.
As a law firm, we regularly fight for justice and equality; it's why we chose to work in the legal profession. We pledge to continue to consider what concrete actions we can take in response, using the avenues and expertise available to us to see how best we can help and support people and to actively challenge discrimination - in support of #BlackLivesMatter.