Like their cousins in corporate America, many of the biggest law firms in the country have responded to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police—and the subsequent tidal wave of protests nationwide—with significant financial commitments to organizations like the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Equal Justice Initiative and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law.
Even at their most substantial—including a $5 million, five-year pledge from Kirkland & Ellis—these contributions don’t match up to the money being put up by the wealthiest corporations in the United States. The Equal Justice Initiative and the Lawyers’ Committee are both on the list of 12 organizations sharing $10 million put forward by Amazon. And Apple, with $193 billion in cash on hand at the time of its second quarter earnings report, says it will donate an undisclosed amount of money to the Equal Justice Initiative and others challenging racial injustice and mass incarceration.
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