Too many members of the legal profession have remained silent bystanders in the face of threats to the foundational principles of democracy. In the past year, laws have been passed to make voting more difficult in communities of color and to enable one party to change the results of fair and free elections. Public officials and members of the media have been threatened and intimidated simply for doing their jobs. And many lawyers who have promoted the “Big Lie” of fraud in the 2020 election still have not been held accountable for violating the oath they took to protect the Constitution.

Where is the collective voice of the bar? The silence is comparable to the medical profession deciding to sit out the COVID pandemic. Crisis requires responsibility, not retreat.