From the MSBA, HCBA, and RCBA Presidents: Statement on the Death of Amir Locke

The Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA), and Ramsey County Bar Association (RCBA) grieve the senseless death of Amir Locke, who on February 2, 2022, became the latest Black man to die at the hands of law enforcement in Minnesota. While we cannot change what happened to Mr. Locke, the bar associations will continue to work hard to improve the law and the equal administration of justice.

In service of their missions, the MSBA, HCBA, and RCBA are currently:
1. Establishing a monthly meeting/check-in to support our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) members who are disproportionately impacted by the failures in our justice system. 
2. Planning a continuing legal education program on no-knock warrants, their use in the criminal justice system, and legislation surrounding the same.  
3. Curating a list of resources to assist lawyers working on matters of racial equity in our justice system.  

More information on these offerings will be available soon. This is not an exhaustive or exclusive list of the work the bar associations will perform on matters of equity in the administration of justice. For our members, for the legal profession, and for our communities, we can and will do more.

Jennifer A. Thompson
President, 2021-2022 
Minnesota State Bar Association

Brandon Vaughn
President, 2021-2022
Hennepin County Bar Association

Monica Dooner Lindgren 
President, 2021-2022
Ramsey County Bar Association