STATEMENT:

The Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland, Inc. (the Alliance) mourns and condemns the untimely deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the countless others who lost their lives at the hands of law enforcement and those attempting to police Black lives. The Alliance also supports the right to peacefully protest against the insidious structural inequalities and injustice that has come to be expected within Black and Brown communities. The continued protests reflect the deep abiding pain and anger stemming from police brutality and racial inequality.  The members of the Alliance feel your pain, intimately understand your frustration, and stand with you on the frontline of this protest.

For generations, racist beliefs and biases have been used to demonize and criminalize our young black men and women. For too long we have watched the destructive effects that racism has had on Black people. The Alliance is committed to ending the  negative and harmful effects of racism. Nikki Giovanni said “visibility: you have to find a way to make people know that you’re there.” As we watch and engage in protests in Baltimore and across the country, the Alliance is committed to fighting the negative effects of racism, implicit bias, and the disparate treatment of members of our families and our communities. The Alliance is committed to making it known that we support the Black Lives Matter movement and we will no longer stand idle in the face of disparity.

Our Black lives matter. As such, the Alliance is committed to seeing real change happen within our local community, within the state of Maryland and across this country. We believe that this change cannot happen without a systematic and comprehensive plan to do more and be more, together. To that end, the Alliance is committed to supporting:

  1. Education – The Alliance is committed to using our legal skills to educate the Black community in understanding their rights, the law, how to use the law to your advantage, and how to protect your rights.
  2. Economic empowerment – The Alliance is committed to supporting local Black owned businesses and promoting economic growth and wealth within the Black community.
  3. Voting and engaging in the legislative process – The Alliance is committed to working to end the overcriminalization of young men and women by supporting  and advocating   for legislation that holds officers accountable for their actions and prevents police officers from hiding behind their union rights.

We encourage members of the Alliance and other attorneys to become engaged.  If you are looking for a way to get directly involved, consider the following organizations:

The Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland, Inc. is made up of a diverse group of lawyers and law students who are committed to the development of African American women in the legal profession. With our events and community service projects, we aim to serve the legal profession and the community.  The Alliance of Black Women Attorneys operates to promote its members’ professional growth, and to raise awareness of the challenges unique to African American women attorneys, to liaise with members of the Maryland Bar, and to provide community service designed to enhance the public’s view of the legal profession.

The Honorable Videtta A. Brown and Magistrate Jennifer Williams did not participate in the consideration or issuance of this statement. The Honorable Shirley M. Watts is no longer a member of the Executive Board of the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland, Inc. and did not participate in the consideration or issuance of the statement.

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We are a diverse group of lawyers and law students who are committed to the development of African American women in the legal profession. With our events and community service projects, we aim to serve the legal profession and the community.

The Alliance of Black Women Attorneys operates to promote its members' professional growth, and to raise awareness of the challenges unique to African American women attorneys, to liaise with members of the Maryland Bar, and to provide community service designed to enhance the public's view of the legal profession.

“OUR HISTORY DEMANDS IT,

OUR LEGACY REQUIRES IT”

The Alliance’s 2019-2020 Theme

From Success to Significance
Congratulations to the Alliance's 2019-2020 Executive Board!
Honoring the Past
We honor the Alliance's founders and all of those on whose shoulders we stand.
Professional Development
We strive for inclusiveness and an opportunity to contribute to the legal profession.

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General Membership in the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys is open to any graduate of a law school accredited in the United States. General Members’ Dues are affordable and tiered based on the number of years after a member has graduated from law school.

Associate Membership in the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys is open to any full-time or part-time student of any law school accredited in the United States. An Associate Membership with the Alliance is FREE.

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