Baker McKenzie's offices in North America will observe Friday, June 19 as a Firm holiday, in commemoration of Juneteenth. The holiday recognizes the day in 1865 that enslaved Black Americans in Galveston, Texas were finally told of their freedom and about the end of the Civil War -- more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect.
"We feel strongly that it is more important than ever to commemorate this day, to learn more about the Juneteenth holiday, and to understand its significance in American history," said Colin Murray, Baker McKenzie's North America Chief Executive Officer. "This is also a day to reflect upon the extraordinary contributions of Black people to our country and society."
The closure affects the Firm's 15 offices across the US, Canada and Mexico.