NNWLA President's Message on Racial Justice Issues
-Kendra G. Bertschy, NNWLA President 2020
Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association stands against discrimination and strives to defeat systemic inequalities. In addition to advancing women in the legal profession, our mission is to maintain the honor and integrity of the profession, promote and improve the administration of justice, and encourage a spirit of friendship and trust among our members.
As such, we must speak out against attempts to make our justice system unfair or biased in any manner. The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others have highlighted the historical injustices that plague our society and demand immediate and continued action in our community. This applies to all areas of our profession. If we don’t treat all people equally we will never be able to move forward and create a more fair and just community. As an organization, we stand against racism and systemic abuse in the justice system because that is the right thing to do. Black Lives Matter.
As the late, great Rep. John Lewis said: “Freedom is not a state; it is an act. It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society.” The Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association encourages all members to consider ways our organization can lead in strengthening the judicial system for our community.
We are challenging ourselves to re-evaluate what we are doing as an organization to combat injustices and reaffirm our commitment to our core values of diversity and inclusion. Here are some immediate actions that we are undertaking:
NNWLA is also proud to congratulate our member Margaret M. Crowley, who was honored as the Impact of the Year Award Recipient at the 6th annual Justice Innovation Awards ceremony at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) Virtual 83rd Annual Conference, for her work and efforts rethinking, reimagining, and redefining justice for children and families. Read about her recognition here. Please join us in congratulating Ms. Crowley!
Due to Covid-19, and the continued restrictions on in-person meetings, we have decided to move the our Jury Selection CLE to November. We will update you with more information as we know more.
Instead, Save the Date for:
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Past NNWLA President, Katie Hoffman co-wrote an article with Hardeep Sull, NNWLA and SNAWA: Supporting and Celebrating Women in the Legal Profession. Read it here.