Social Justice

The January 2021 issue of the Nevada Lawyer magazine, which was curated by King Durham partner Chad D. Olsen, highlights significant social justice topics, such as Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s impact on religious-liberty jurisprudence and a detailed series on police relations, conduct, and funding.

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Martin Luther King Jr., Speech in St. Louis (March 22, 1964). As stated in the issue-editor column:

This nation’s history of racism and prejudice is not a happy one, and we must do better. Wonderful laws have advanced change, and protesting has raised awareness. Yet here we are, in 2021—still pushing against social injustice while seemingly coming apart in its wake.

There is hope, however. “For all [our] flaws,” perhaps we are a nation “uniquely equipped to unite a diverse and divided society.” Perhaps we can still realize our “core constitutional aspiration” of a division-transcending national identity. See Chua & Rubenfeld, “The Threat of Tribalism,” The Atlantic (Oct. 2018). It depends on each of us. “Our country is calling us to step up, roll up our sleeves and make a difference.” We all “have skin in the game.” See Theresa A. Dear, “America’s Tipping Point: 7 Ways to Dismantle Racism,” Deseret News (June 7, 2020). “We can learn from the past. Participate in the present and influence the future.” Id. We can listen and work together instead of surmising enemies and creating division. We can honor the adage that love begets love. After all, “[d]arkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Martin Luther King Jr., “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?” (2010).