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Racial Injustice

Dear Members,

As members of Phi Delta Phi, the first and oldest legal organization in the United States with an ever-increasing international presence, we always have been dedicated to the pursuit of justice and wisdom in the legal profession. We cannot, then, remain silent as we continue to witness violence against the Black community.

First and foremost, we extend our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to the family of George Floyd and the many other victims and their families who have suffered incalculable injustice attributable to the systemic racism that has pervaded and continues to pervade our society.  Our hearts are also with our Black members all over the United States as we grieve this reprehensible tragedy.

Today and every day, the leaders of Phi Delta Phi ask our members to renew their commitment to equal justice under the law.  For much of the United States’ history, the promise in its Constitution “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” all too often has rung hollow for our Black Brothers and Sisters.  It is up to everyone to help ensure that the promise is kept.  As lawyers and as servitors of justice, bound by oath to protect and defend the rights of all people, Phi Delta Phis bear a distinct obligation to do so.

We implore each of our members to do something today and tomorrow — indeed everyday — to foster justice and equality under the law. Take a pro bono publico case. Volunteer in your community.  Protest peacefully.  Do something — anything — to ensure that civil rights are afforded to everyone.  As Phi Delta Phi’s initiation ritual so eloquently describes our profession, “[n]o other calling among humanity has been such a factor in the vindication of personal rights and the advancement of universal justice between state and subject, and between individuals.”  Let us all then pledge to adhere to that calling and strive daily to erase the stain of the original sin of this country to combat injustice. 

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once so eloquently stated, “[h]istory will have to record that the greatest tragedy . . . was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”  As Phi Delta Phis, if we are to be counted as among the “good people,” we cannot remain silent.


The Court of Appeals of PHI DELTA PHI

Chief Justice Joseph Vitu
Justice Jeffrey Buebendorf
Justice Julie Sumner

The Council of PHI DELTA PHI

Patricia Hodny, President
Alma Santa Ana Vara, Vice President
Tim Wheat, Secretary
Constance Mutong, Council Member
Javier Christian Suárez Torres, Council Member
Michael Phillips, Council Member