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A new award in defence of equality and justice

Increasingly, law firms are concerned with improving standards of equality and justice in society. In particular, the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) announced the creation of an award to honour those who have fought for justice and equality in the face of racism. This award is not limited to advocacy on racial, ethnic or gender issues.

The award will be named after a visionary leader whose name will represent courage and incomparable dedication and commitment to the struggle for equality and justice. The College expects the first award to be made in 2021.

“Recurring issues of race and inequality are again at the forefront of our public discourse. Both the U.S. and Canada have long grappled with these issues through much of our history. Now, the tragic deaths of George Floyd and too many others have again put a spotlight on injustices and inequalities that continue to plague our pursuit of equality and justice for all. . . The College wishes to recognize champions who have fought for equality and justice and against racism in keeping with standards for such an award to be established by the College”, expressed Joe Caldwell and Richard Deane, that co-chaired the committee that determined the parameters of the award.

“This new award is more than just a public statement; it represents a significant and lasting commitment to equality and justice. Each time the award is considered and each time it is presented will be a reminder that all persons are worthy of respect and equal access to justice in our societies”, announced ACTL President Douglas R. Young.

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