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Racial Justice Task Force

Ice Miller is committed to identifying and dismantling structural and systemic racism in the law to promote racial equity. This work will be led by the Ice Miller Racial Justice Task Force whose mission is to amplify the legal rights and voices of people and communities of color to create an environment where opportunities in and access to the legal, social and economic systems are equitable. The Task Force will work toward carrying out this mission by:

  • Assisting and supporting grassroots organizations that have been working to eliminate the disparate treatment of minority populations in our communities.
  • Identifying and activating partnerships with established organizations fighting for racial justice.
  • Advocating for local and state policy reform in an effort to create communities that value and prioritize equitable treatment.
  • Committing Firm resources to assist with achieving racial justice.

Ice Miller deeply values all of the communities where we live, work and serve and strives to do our part to promote fairness and equality. The Task Force will be an extension of this core principle.

What We Are Doing
  • Election Day Volunteer Support
    Ice Miller is providing volunteer support for Election Day 2020. Any person who works at a polling site on Election Day will be provided the opportunity to do so without having to use personal or vacation time. Ice Miller also is providing for personal protection equipment for anyone who volunteers. This opportunity applies only to those who work the polls as voting location officials to assist others in voting.  
  • Impact of Race in the Administration of the Death Penalty in Cuyahoga County, Ohio
    Since 1991, Cuyahoga County, Ohio has charged nearly 700 people with the death penalty, a number that is unparalleled when compared to the death penalty charging rates in all of the other 87 counties in Ohio. Ice Miller has launched a study and statistical analysis in collaboration with Michigan State Law School Professors Catherine Grosso and Barbara O'Brien to assess the impact of race in the administration of the death penalty in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Ice Miller will oversee and facilitate the project’s massive data collection and coding, and the professors will perform the statistical analysis. The impact of race will be assessed at every level, including the charging prosecutor, the victims involved and the individuals charged. Ice Miller and Professors Grosso and O’Brien intend to have the study and analysis done in within a calendar year. The results will be published and used by stakeholders in the criminal justice system as well as those advocating for legislative change.
  • Second Chance Driving Workshops
    Ice Miller is collaborating with Eli Lilly, the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society and the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office to assist indigent individuals in the reinstatement of their driving licenses. The Second Chance Driving License Workshop was formed in 2019 by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office to provide individuals with information and direction on how to take the first steps to getting their driving privileges restored. Along with helping individuals resolve unpaid traffic tickets, the Second Chance Driving License Workshop helps resolve suspensions related to falling behind in child support payments. At the Second Chance Driving License Workshop held on July 21, 2020, Ice Miller and Eli Lilly were able to assist more than 70 participants towards reinstating their licenses. The next Second Chance Driving License Workshop is being planned for September of 2020. Cummins Corporation is going to join as a participating community partner.
  • Racism: Where Do We Go From Here? Judicial Reform Panel
    On July 29, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EST a Columbus Metro Club panel, featuring Partner and Director of Litigation Training & Pro Bono Activities Diane Menashe and other guests, discussed what is being done and what could be done in the movement for Judicial Reform. A recording of the livestream event is available on YouTube.
  • Addressing Social Unrest and Racial Equity in the Workplace Webinar
    Ice Miller attorneys Charles Bush and Heather Adams and special guests presented a virtual panel discussion on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST. The panelists provided a level-set on challenges many diverse employees may be facing in the wake of George Floyd's murder and nationwide social unrest; explored how leaders can initiate and sustain crucial dialogue with their diverse employees and strive toward racial equity in the workplace; and provided insight on present and future legal issues employers may face during these tumultuous times.
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