Recent events in the United States have highlighted the fact change is necessary to address and bring an end to the injustices that exist in our society. The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others, reflect the systemic racial bias and injustice that continue to plague our communities and our country. These incidents, as well as numerous others, have caused pain, grief, anger, and anxiety for many; many of whom live and work among and with us.
While Butt Thornton & Baehr PC has always embraced diversity, equity and inclusion, it is not enough. BTB must live and promote these important goals in our larger community. Racism, intolerance and hate have no place in our society, yet are still all too prevalent today. As a firm, BTB recognizes the value diversity and inclusion bring to our business and community and believes all of us are better as a team when there is a commitment to principles of inclusion, equality, and justice.
As members of the legal community, we are in a unique position to promote equality and social justice. BTB has a heightened responsibility to ensure a more diverse, inclusive and safe community, both in the firm and outside the firm. BTB is committed to using the talents and skills of its team to seek needed change in our society. This includes working collectively and collaboratively to be better and ensuring we pursue ways to make an immediate difference. To do so, each of us must talk to each other, listen to each other, and support each other when it comes to these important issues. As a firm comprised of unique and valuable individuals, we will continue to examine how we can use our collective talents to assist in reaching these goals, seek needed change, and become part of the solution.
BTB remains optimistic that, together, we can create a more just and inclusive society.