Global law firm Baker McKenzie will host the 7th annual Children's Rights Summit on Dec. 9, focused on youth of color reflecting on racism in our justice systems. The virtual program, 2020 Vision: Examining Child Rights Through an Anti-racism Lens, will bring together in-house counsel from leading companies, children's rights advocates, and young people themselves for candid discussions and interviews, followed by a conversation about ways the legal community can come together to take action.
"While this event is focused on children, it is really about the larger issues that affect us all, including the persistent and pernicious impacts of racism and discrimination," said Colin Murray, Baker McKenzie's North America Chief Executive Officer. "The fact that we still see the heavy impacts of racism on our youth today is a strong indication that we still have a great deal of work to do to make our world more inclusive and equitable."
Baker McKenzie will also partner with Lambda Legal on Dec. 10 to host LGBTQ+ Xchange for Change, a virtual discussion focused on discrimination against LGBTQ+ youth in the US foster care system. The two-hour event titled, What About Wellness? Reimagine Foster Care for LGBTQ+ Youth, will include leading voices from the foster care system as well as young people discussing how to improve the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth in foster care and effect change.
"So many organizations and companies are looking for ways to increase their support and inclusion of diverse groups and to educate their people on the critical issues of racism and LGBTQ+ discrimination," said Angela Vigil, Partner and Executive Director of Baker McKenzie's Pro Bono Practice. "These events are excellent opportunities to confront these issues and hear from our young people who experience discrimination and racism in profound and significant ways every day."
These events are not only part of the Firm's Pro Bono Practice, but also aligned with the mission of Baker McKenzie's North America Antiracism Task Force, which aims to invigorate and renew the Firm's acute focus on finding solutions to eradicate racial and social inequities endured across North America. Baker McKenzie was one of the first law firms to make unequivocal statements about the impact of the brutal murder of George Floyd and the devaluation of the Black community and the lives of Black people lost to police brutality. The Firm's statements can be found here and here.