For years, we have made access to justice a core value. In 2019, Monica Espinosa, Esq. played a significant role in a pro bono case that ultimately saw a man wrongfully imprisoned for decades be released to his family. In 2018, the Levine Team received congressional recognition for our pro bono volunteer work with the Alameda County Superior Court. And, in 2017, we launched Hello Divorce, an affordable, online platform for consumers navigating divorce. And yet, prior to George Floyd’s death, we had never truly committed to an ongoing conversation at the law firm about justice, racism and self-expression.
All of that has now changed. The Levine Team is committed to being an active ally in eliminating systemic racism. In the last few weeks, we have been watching as the country rises up and exploring how we can apply our efforts in an ongoing and enduring movement toward that goal. We are committed to listening, learning, unlearning and relearning. We are willing to be imperfect, to practice, to hear all viewpoints, to keep the momentum going and embrace diversity as a core value.
Many of us at LFLG are parents and we have been openly discussing how to include our children (ranging in age from 3 to 11 years old) in the discussion. Some of us have protested and marched; some of us have read books and started discussions; some of us have watched movies or participated in webinars; and read about how to help our children learn differently than we did.
One of the many inspiring events to witness in our city is the awe-inspiring art that has made Oakland an outdoor gallery that is a visual attestation to the strength of our community. Our primary purpose is to be of support to people in times of difficulty. If we can be of any support to you or your family at this time, please let us know. In the meantime, we will be doing our work for this movement.
Check out a few of these incredible photos taken by us over the last few days…