July 20, 1999: American Legal Community


“I ask you to focus your efforts on the most enduring challenge of our nation – the task of building One America. Just as your predecessors stared down the sheriffs of segregation, you must step forward to dismantle our time’s most stubborn obstacles to equal justice – poverty, unemployment, and discrimination.”

President Bill Clinton
July 20, 1999

Today, at the White House, President Clinton met with representatives from America’s leading law organizations to urge them to work to promote racial diversity; to close opportunity gaps; and to lead our nation in the task of building One America. The President announced new commitments from the legal community in response to his call to action.

Renewing the Call for Equal Justice. Thirty-six years ago, President John F. Kennedy issued a call to America’s legal profession to enlist in the fight for equal justice. Today, President Clinton renewed that call in a meeting with leaders from every major sector of the legal community, including corporation counsels, managing partners, academicians, and civil rights attorneys. President Clinton urged the lawyers to use their profession to promote racial diversity, improve opportunities for minorities, and work towards building One America. The President pledged support from the Department of Justice and the White House Office on the President’s Initiative for One America to assist the legal community in these efforts.

Announcing New Commitments. President Clinton announced the following commitments from the legal community in response to his challenge:


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