CBA Juneteenth Statement

The Cincinnati Bar Association is proud to recognize Juneteenth on Friday, June 19, 2020 as an important day for our African American members and greater community, both as a celebration of that community and its important leadership in our region, as well as a reminder of the frustrating pace of progress since 1865 and the need to redouble our efforts for equity and equality. We continue our commitment to work with our community and with regional leaders—from both legal and non-legal sectors—to bring real sustained change in our society. The CBA honors this day and recognizes that Black Lives Matter.

The Emancipation Proclamation formally freed enslaved people in 1863, but Galveston, Texas was the last city to hear, on June 19, 1865. In the ensuing years, Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Jubilee Day, has been celebrated by African Americans across the nation. The state of Ohio recognizes Juneteenth as a state holiday observance, and the city of Cincinnati’s own Juneteenth celebration this year is a virtual event appearing on community cable outlets and online June 19-21.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The CBA is committed to embracing and promoting diverse members of the legal community. This includes diversity of its leadership, of its members, and of its staff without limitation to race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, nationality, age, disability, marital or parental status and socio economic background. We believe it is good not only for the profession and for our community as a whole, but it is crucial for enhancing the public's confidence in the judicial system and removing barriers to justice. We commit to continuously working toward creating a more inclusive legal community by:

  • Fostering a stimulating atmosphere where minority and underrepresented lawyers are encouraged to participate and to lead.
  • Setting a standard of commitment to diversity through a systemic and purposeful approach to issues confronting the legal community.
  • Investing in public confidence of the profession, by generating awareness and promoting the impact of diverse backgrounds upon the legal profession.
  • Focusing on and encouraging diversity in the practice of the law.