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Juneteenth As Paid Holiday Is Here To Stay, Firm Leaders Say (Law360)

Law360, May 26, 2021

Juneteenth As Paid Holiday Is Here To Stay, Firm Leaders Say

James Alexander Lewis V, the newly named head of the New York City Bar Association’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion, said it’s heartening to see so many law firms celebrating Juneteenth and acknowledging the issues brought to the fore by last year’s Black Lives Matter protests. ‘At a minimum, it’s created dialogue around these important issues,’ he said. ‘It’s a good first step.’ Still, firms need to continue taking steps to advance diversity, James said, lest their minority attorneys ‘begin to question whether or not some of these activities, even if well-intentioned, are completely authentic.’

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