August 25, 2017

Austin Lawyers Issue Challenge to Fight Racism

On August 18, 2017,  the Austin Bar Association received the following message from Randy Howry, Past-President of the Austin Bar and partner in Howry, Breen & Herman:

“The Austin law firm of Howry, Breen & Herman, LLP announces its donation of $5000 to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The events of this past week, particularly those in Charlottesville, Virginia, require  that we come together as a community and as a country to reinforce values that unite us—tolerance, inclusion and diversity. What occurred in Charlottesville, could have easily occurred in Austin. Racism, intolerance, and violence are always wrong. The equal treatment of all people is one of our country’s bedrock principles. There is no room for equivocation. Hate is wrong and it must be condemned. Left unchecked it can do great danger. We invite the Austin legal community to join in with a contribution to the organization of your choice. The time to sit, wait and watch is over.  As lawyers we are well positioned to insure that our local and national leaders hear our voices.”

This message was forwarded to the over 4,000 members of the Austin Bar on Monday, August 21, 2017.  The Austin Bar encouraged its members to consider joining Howry, Breen & Herman by donating to an organization of their choice. Suggested recipients were The Southern Poverty Law Center, The Texas Civil Rights Project, The Anti-Defamation League (Austin), and the ACLU of Texas.

The Austin Bar Association is committed to supporting and encouraging equality and inclusion, standing up to hate and intolerance, and working to ensure the equal treatment of all people in all circumstances.