Diversity in Practice: Pro Bono Perspective – The Lee Monument Matter

MoFo Perspectives Podcast

27 Aug 2021

In this episode of Diversity in Practice, MoFo Pro Bono Counsel Dorothy Fernandez is joined by Joe Palmore, co‑chair of our Appellate and Supreme Court practice and managing partner of our Washington, D.C. office, and Washington, D.C. litigation associate Adam Sorensen, also a member of the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court practice, to discuss the amicus brief they filed on behalf of award-winning historians David W. Blight and Gaines M. Foster, supporting Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s order to remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from Richmond’s Monument Avenue. After the podcast was recorded, the Virginia Supreme Court upheld the removal order, in a decision that recognized that “the Lee Monument was erected as a symbol of defiance to Reconstruction, and as an unapologetic statement regarding the continued belief in the virtue of the ‘Lost Cause’ and in the Confederacy’s pre-Civil War way of life, including the subjugation of people of African descent.”  



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