President's Page by Jennifer Lorenz
“In these challenging times, it is more imperative than ever that we come together as a community---to both protect and support each other in our continuing endeavor to improve our collective condition.” Scott Evans, President, The Sam Cary Bar Association.
Over the past several months people have been stressed and on edge with concerns about COVID-19 and quarantine. But on May 25th the death of George Floyd incited the Nation.Minneapolis police officers arrested Mr. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, after a store called the police accusing Mr. Floyd of paying with a counterfeit $20 bill. Seventeen minutes after the first squad car arrived at the scene, Mr. Floyd was pinned by police officers and showed no signs of life. On May 26th, the day after Mr. Floyd’s death, all four of the officers involved in the incident were fired. Derek Chauvin, the officer seen most clearly in witness videos pinning Mr. Floyd to the ground, was charged with murder and manslaughter. (click here for citation)
Following Mr. Floyd’s death, unrest spread from Washington, D.C. to California and protestors clashed with police in front of the Colorado Supreme Court. “More than half of the nation’s governors have called in the National Guard to help quell the unrest, and at least 45 million Americans were under a curfew Sunday night." (click here for citation)
“We remind all that, as stated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: ‘A riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? ... It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.’ We share the hope and urge, as Dr. King did, that despite the cries of many in our community remaining unheard, these protests and demonstrations are conducted non-violently. We share the hope and urge that the unheard cries of many in our community are met with nonviolent protests and demonstrations. In these challenging times, it is more imperative than ever that we come together as a community---to both protect and support each other in our continuing endeavor to improve our collective condition.” Scott Evans, President, The Sam Cary Bar Association.
I have been involved in the BCBA ‘s leadership for almost a decade. In my experience, the BCBA fosters professionalism, builds relationships and provides lawyers with a sense of community. This is my last President’s page and I want to thank all of my fellow BCBA board members, Laura and Kyle, and to the BCBA members for their support over the past years. These are challenging times and I look forward to the BCBA’s continued commitment to keeping its membership engaged and informed.Asattorneys lets continue to stand together and promote health, safety, professionalism and justice for all of our members and all members of our community.