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  • McCarter Celebrates - International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition

    In August, we commemorate International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition (August 23). The United Nations designated August 23 as a day to remember the lives of the millions who were transported against their will from Africa to the Americas from the 16th century to the 19th century and those that died while being transported. The intention of the day is to educate and to raise awareness of the dangers of racism and prejudice. We also celebrate Women’s Equality Day (August 26) to salute the ratification of the 19th Amendment, to raise awareness of gender equality and to recognize the hard work and sacrifices made by women to attain the right to vote.

Nurturing Our Communities

The firm's commitment to diversity began with its commitment to the City of Newark, New Jersey's largest municipality. Although at one time Newark was the hub of New Jersey's legal community, by the early 1980s nearly all large law firms had left for the suburbs. The firm is proud of its historic ties and commitment to Newark (which has been recognized by the Governor of New Jersey and the Mayor of Newark), its home office, and believes that we provide real-world, meaningful employment opportunities to traditionally disadvantaged citizens in our home and regional offices.

The firm is involved in numerous legal, professional, and community-based organizations that are designed to promote diversity and inclusion. McCarter & English provides membership, sponsorship, and support for African American, Hispanic, Asian, and LGBTI organizations. Many of our diverse attorneys have risen to leadership positions and serve on the governing boards of these organizations. Some of the many organizations that McCarter & English has supported/continues to support include:

• National Association of Women Lawyers 
• Minority Corporate Counsel Association
• Tri-State Council on Diversity
• George W. Crawford Black Bar Association
• National Hispanic Bar Association
• North American South Asian Bar Association
• National Association of Asian-Pacific American Bar Association
• Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting
• Lambda Legal
• Human Rights Campaign
• Garden State Bar Association
• Garden State Equality
• The Boston Lawyers Group

The firm also works to foster an interest in the law at the high school and middle school levels. For example, each summer, McCarter & English employs economically disadvantaged high school interns from the New Jersey Law & Education Empowerment Project (NJLEEP), Christ the King School, as well as the Hartford Boy's & Girl's Club. In addition, for the past three years, the Women's Initiative has worked with the Citizen School Project to mentor inner-city middle school students and assist them in preparing for a mock trial competition.