Fox Rothschild Launches Nationwide Response Addressing Systemic Racial OppressionJune 25, 2020 – Press Releases
Initiative to Include $50K Donation and Pro Bono Program
As a national law firm committed to shaping a more just and equal world, Fox Rothschild LLP is introducing a firm-wide blueprint to target systemic racial oppression.
The firm is making a contribution of $25,000 each to both the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and The Innocence Project. These two national organizations actively promote civil rights, racial equality, social and criminal justice and equity, and many firm attorneys have extensive personal connections and long-standing direct involvement in each.
In addition, Fox has launched a firm-wide pro bono initiative partnering with organizations throughout the country to assist and support Black communities, including working with Black-owned businesses and assisting individuals with legal issues related to criminal justice and housing. The efforts will focus initially on helping small business owners with insurance claims for property damage incidental to the protests, as well as individuals who were detained as a result of their participation in nonviolent protests and marches for racial justice.
“While we have far to travel ahead together in the fight against racial oppression and to dismantle an unjust system, these initial efforts are part of our sustained strategy to address these issues confronting and challenging us in our communities and our profession every day,” said Kimberly Bullock Gatling, Fox’s Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer.
“We recognize that these efforts serve only as first steps and will not of themselves remedy the situation or bring about the real and lasting change that is needed to eradicate this painful reality for Black people throughout America,” said Gatling. “But progress must begin somewhere, and we will build upon this foundation at our firm and introduce future initiatives to enhance diversity and inclusion efforts in recruiting, retention and other areas within the legal industry.”
Pro bono efforts are already underway in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Minnesota, and more will be announced in the weeks ahead.
“Our core values at Fox Rothschild have always stood in direct opposition to hatred and racism in all forms,” said Mark L. Morris, Fox’s Firmwide Managing Partner. “We are inspired by the enthusiasm with which our lawyers are already participating in these efforts, and we look forward to actively and directly improving diversity and inclusion within Fox Rothschild and our profession and improving the communities where we live and work.”
Fox named Gatling as its Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer in June 2020. She will be working alongside firm leadership and the existing Diversity Committee to implement programs and policies that support increasing and promoting a diverse workforce and inclusive environment at all levels throughout the firm.