Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 when the Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free. We encourage our Jones Walker family and beyond to use the day for reflection and education about this important event in the history of our country.
To commemorate this day, our firm is making donations to the following organizations in order to support these important institutions within our geographic footprint:
Within our firm and beyond, we value and celebrate diversity, and we continue to stand with our communities by supporting and working alongside several organizations, including the ones listed above, that promote racial equality, social justice, and education, and to offer legal services to those in need. It is a priority for our law firm to make sure that every employee — no matter their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or social or economic background — participates as an equal member of our team. We know that donations and sponsorships are just a start and that it is our responsibility as a firm to encourage open and ongoing dialogue at all levels and across the communities we serve in order to address issues that our Black colleagues and citizens face on a daily basis.
Jones Walker remains committed to listening, learning, and creating positive change. We know that we are stronger when we are united, listen to one another, and focus on respect, tolerance, empathy, and understanding. Together, we can continue to evoke the change that is needed in our communities and our country.
Juneteenth is an important day in our nation’s history, and we encourage everyone in the Jones Walker community to consider taking part in a day of community service, learning, and reflection to commemorate this event.
Bill Hines Richard Cortizas
Managing Partner Chief Diversity Officer