The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities. The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar’s leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity – work that continues to be vital today.
Upon the 50th Anniversary of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (“Lawyers’ Committee”), it is necessary and appropriate to renew the call to the private and public bar to continue its leadership and partnership in the fight against discrimination and inequality. Young Lawyers will play a critical role in this mission and in helping advance our nation’s commitment to justice and equality for all. While groundbreaking civil rights victories have been achieved over the past 50 years, more remains to be done. Accordingly,
I hereby pledge:
To remain committed throughout my legal career to the pursuit of racial, economic, and social justice in whatever context inequality and injustice might occur, including, but not limited to, community development, education, employment, housing, and voting. Further, I will remain attentive to the ways that other vulnerabilities, such as poverty, disability, and gender can exacerbate existing injustices in these areas.
To use the legal system as a tool for enforcing, safeguarding, and expanding the civil rights protections of all members of society, with particular emphasis on the most vulnerable, and to look for opportunities to do so through the courts, administrative agencies, and legislative bodies at the federal, state, and local levels as well as through transactional work, community engagement, and innovative legal assistance efforts.
To become an advocate, in public or private forums, for racial and social justice by educating myself, my peers, and my community on pressing civil rights issues, and by identifying and working to resolve civil rights issues as they arise in my own community.
To support the mission of the Lawyers’ Committee, with my time, efforts, and resources, in order to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law.