This is a public service announcement to law firms to change their messaging and pro bono efforts following the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Boastful, self-serving posts on social media and corporate content are out of touch and deaf to what’s happening in the United States regarding nearly half a century of reproductive rights dissolving in thin air.
Do not post them on social media. Have the courage to take a stand. Use your resources to support reproductive rights. Lead with empathy.
It’s an incredibly sensitive time for many of us reeling from the reversal of Roe v. Wade. It’s not business as usual in the legal industry when our highest court makes a decision like this.
I encourage law firms to have the courage to use their public platforms (social media, email, and website) to issue a statement about their position and support for related pro bono organizations.
Law firms have a lot of financial resources, so devoting some of those resources to pro bono work and activism would be money well spent while giving your employees time off to volunteer.
This decision will have an impact on our generations to come.
Everyone is watching (often silently) to see how organizations are responding.
Check your employees. Offer them time off to attend protests and ways to help the cause. I know taking action always makes me feel good, so give employees the opportunity to do so.
Let your customers know where you stand and what you are doing to support them.
It is not enough to have a committee of women’s initiatives or to organize women’s events. DO SOMETHING.
To be involved.
Mobilize your lawyers to support and volunteer for this cause. Support them by taking time to provide help.
Give money to organizations fighting for the rights we have lost.
Have the courage to take a real stand. Lead with empathy.
What are you doing to really support women?
And for those of you who personally want to do something to help the cause of abortion rights, read Robin Marty’s op-ed in The New York Times. She says, “Roe’s reversal is the perfect time for every proponent of abortion rights to examine their own commitment to the cause and find out how they too can meet this moment.”
Each of us can also use our platforms to help.
Here is a video with more on this topic.
Thank you Stefanie for sharing your views on this recent Supreme Court decision.
Copyright © 2022, Stefanie M. Marrone. All rights reserved.National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 177