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Letter to the Community on Recent Events

May 29, 2020

Dear Northwestern Law community:

George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Trayvon Martin. Emmett Till. Countless others whose names we know, and many whose names we will never know. These tragedies all reveal the horrific racial injustices faced by African-Americans on a regular basis. We all grieve for the families and friends of those whose lives have been taken and all of those, like Christian Cooper, who face the daily indignities of racism when simply trying to enjoy a day in Central Park. While some of us can never truly understand the experience of those members of our community who experience racism, we want you to know that we see you; we hear you; we support you.

President Schapiro shared a statement today, as did Medill Dean Charles Whitaker, who expressed his horror at the arrest of CNN reporter and Northwestern alumnus, Omar Jimenez (BSJ15). Lawyers, like journalists, play a critical role in “giving face and voice to struggles and wrongdoings” and it is our shared hope that all members of the Northwestern Law community will seek to promote justice both within our community and outside of it. Anything less is unacceptable.

We invite all members of the Northwestern Law community to join Shannon, Lynn Cohn, and Sheila Bedi for a conversation on recent events next Wednesday, June 3rd at 12:00 pm. Details of that event will be forthcoming.

Please take care, and do not hesitate to reach out. We are all here for you.


Kim Yuracko

Shannon P. Bartlett