As demonstrations and calls for criminal justice reform continue nationwide, a group of Indianapolis lawyers have organized a “Call to Action” to highlight the role lawyers can play in the push for racial equality.
Shelley Jackson of Krieg DeVault and Tonya Bond and Ryan Leagre of Plews Shadley Racher and Braun formed the Indy Lawyers for Black Lives organization, which will host a Juneteenth event at 1:30 p.m. Friday on the north lawn of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. The event will feature speakers from the law school, the Marion County Bar Association and private practice, as well as Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David.
“We are three Indianapolis lawyers and friends who pondered the important role lawyers play in the mission to combat systemic racism and racial injustice,” the attorneys said in a news release. “We sought an opportunity to mobilize and unite the legal community, and Indy Lawyers for Black Lives was born.”
During the event, the speakers will each make an “ask” of attendees. Those requests will then be posted online at lawyersforblacklives.com, where members of the legal community can review the speakers’ asks as they work to assist the movement for racial equality.
“After Friday’s event, the real work begins,” the organization said. “… Moving forward, we will explore ways to continue to harness the enthusiasm and momentum generated by Indy Lawyers for Black Lives.”