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Diversity & Inclusion

A Message from Husch Blackwell

Dear Clients, Friends & Colleagues,

We have watched with great shock and sadness the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed and Breonna Taylor, and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 and the economic crisis on Black Americans. Husch Blackwell unequivocally condemns the continued unlawful and inhumane treatment of Black Americans and joins with those whose peaceful protests seek to force urgent change.

Recent events have also prompted us to look in the mirror and ask—as individuals and as a law firm—are we doing all we can do to eradicate racism and promote diversity, equity and inclusion? We know we need to do more, and we are committed to redoubling our efforts, both externally and internally, to stand up for the changes needed to ensure equity, fairness and opportunity for all.

For years our firm has supported countless individuals, non-profits and initiatives with our pro bono hours and financial support. Those efforts have not led to the change we need. We are committed to listening to new voices and new leaders, particularly from people of color, to plan our future action—actions that must lead to meaningful and lasting change in the racial diversity, equity and inclusion of our firm and in our communities. In the coming weeks—after we’ve taken the time to listen—we will announce new initiatives to improve these longstanding efforts in our philanthropy and public service. 

We welcome dialogue with clients and colleagues on these important issues. Any change worth making requires sustained effort, and we assure each of you that we’re in this for the long haul. Together, we are confident that we can build the kind of communities that everyone can embrace and feel a part of.

Sincerely,

Gregory R. Smith
Chairman

Catherine L. Hanaway
Partner & Chair-Elect

Paul J. Eberle
Chief Executive

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