The Decalogue Society of Lawyers strongly condemns the horrific act of violence, as well as the hatred, anti-Semtism, racism, and xenophobia on display at the “Unite the Right” rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend.
Our nation stands against such things. We also join with those offering condolences to Heather Heyer’s family and prayers for those injured in the vehicular attack on those exercising their freedom of speech. Decalogue also offers its condolences to the families of the two Virginia State Police officers who lost their lives while monitoring the rally, in their efforts to keep people safe.
The United States Constitution, through the Bill of Rights and later amendments, shows our value for celebrating the diversity of our citizenry. Over its existence, our country has endured numerous battles, including on battlefields and in courtrooms, to recognize the dignity and inherent rights of all Americans, regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin or sexual orientation. These successes have proven the validity of our country’s motto, e pluribus unum (out of many, one). Though we all may come from different backgrounds, we are always stronger together and, together, we can overcome any challenge.
Hate is one of the greatest evils that all societies must confront. And they must confront it decisively. Though it was our parents and grandparents who fought to defeat the Nazis, our nation now faces the frightening reemergence of hate groups espousing the same toxic ideology that saw the murder of millions, including 6 million Jews. In the face of this challenge, it is important for all people of good conscience to stand united against acts of violence and intimidation, which are a threat to American democracy and values. For over eight decades, Decalogue has stood at the forefront of battling against all forms of hate and discrimination and to ensure that our nation remains free for all of its citizens. Decalogue shall continue to proudly stand among the voices opposing the evils of hate and intolerance and to protect our system of government and the rule of law, which is designed to protect us all.
Did you know that member-to-member referrals are one of the benefits of your Decalogue membership? Here’s our latest success story:
“Former Decalogue President Joel Chupack recently referred a federal criminal investigation to another former Decalogue President, James A. Shapiro, a former federal prosecutor. Pursuant to ethical guidelines, a referral fee was paid. So far, the representation has been very successful, with the avoidance of the client waiving his Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights by speaking to federal agents without counsel.”
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The Cook County Sheriff’s office has launched a reporting hotline for discrimination and hate crime incidents for anyone who feels they are being threatened or targeted as a result of their religion, race, nationality and/or sexual orientation.
Those who call the 24/7 hotline will receive a direct response to their incidents by Sheriff’s Office staff, who will help connect callers to other agencies, Sheriff’s detectives, or legal assistance if the matter would be best addressed by external resources.
Decalogue was represented at the announcement by 1st Vice President Mitchell Goldberg and Treasurer Jonathan Lubin, pictured below with Sheriff Tom Dart, members of the Sheriff’s Advisory Council on Islamic Affairs, and other community representatives.
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Decalogue has committed to recruit more attorneys as part of our Social Action program