June 10, 2020
A Message from Managing Partner Mark Hetzler
Fitch Even is deeply saddened and shares the collective outrage felt across our country and around the world following the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. We recognize these tragic losses are only the most recent instances of countless systemic injustices perpetrated against people of color. At this pivotal moment in history, we reflect on our ongoing responsibilities as legal professionals and citizens to work harder to create the world we wish to see.
At the firm, our objective is to promote a culture of inclusion and to attract and retain diverse professionals because of that culture. Outside our firm, our people actively volunteer in our local communities to attempt to redress the effects of the injustices that permeate our society. Fitch Even directs volunteer efforts to a number of community organizations that support the most vulnerable and resource-starved parts of our population, including Direct Effect Charities and Back 2 School Illinois/Back 2 School America, among others. In addition, our attorneys have represented minority clients on a pro bono basis to battle institutional discrimination for many years.
We acknowledge the moral imperative to not only continue these efforts but to explore and implement new ways to make tangible contributions that will make a meaningful difference in the pursuit of justice and equity for all. In support of our hope for a better tomorrow, our pledge is to increase our investment of time and monetary support for organizations that empower and promote equality for the African-American community, including continuing our involvement with local community organizations and donations to the United Negro College Fund, as well as identifying and partnering with additional organizations that share our mission.
Mark W. Hetzler
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