We are living in unprecedented times. The words “I can’t breathe” resonate over and over in our minds as we think about the tragic and heartbreaking events that have unfolded in the last several days in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The unjustified killing of George Floyd, is one example of how bias, hatred, and racism are still alive and prevalent in our country. This must stop.
Far too many black and brown people in this country are hurting as they continue to suffer the trauma of witnessing the repeated and unfettered killings of unarmed African-Americans in the United States. These tragic deaths are horrifying and remind us we have a long way to go. As a country, we should continue to honor the memories of these individuals by standing together against racism and lawlessness, and by continuing to fight peacefully for what is right.
Cozen O’Connor and our employees have a long history of unwavering personal and financial commitment to the protection of civil and human rights. But we can and will do better. We commit to do all we can to promote a just society for which we can all be proud. In the next several weeks, we will be rallying behind our colleagues of color and our communities by providing internal and external support, training, and education. Our firm will continue to offer pro bono legal services for matters that derive from civil rights’ violations. Lastly, we will financially support social justice organizations committed to these ideals.
Cozen O'Connor will not stand on the sidelines in the race for justice and equality. We will work together, tirelessly, to ensure that we live in a society that reflects our morals and values, and supports our employees, partners, and clients every step of the way.
Michael J. Heller
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Vincent R. McGuinness, Jr.
President and Managing Partner