On June 8, 2020, Larren wrote a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the leaders of the New York State Legislature to urge the repeal of Section 50-a of the state’s Civil Rights Law, which shielded police disciplinary records from public disclosure. He rallied the leaders of 30 other major law firms to sign the letter that came as the Legislature convened to respond to the tide of frustration, grief, anger, and calls for action that swept across the state and the country since George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis. Governor Cuomo signed the historic repeal bill into law on June 12, 2020.
The pro bono leadership team announced a plan to develop and expand opportunities to advance racial justice through the key areas of criminal justice and voting rights. Immediate efforts include the Three Strikes Project led by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which helps nonviolent offenders move from prison to parole, and the Healthy Election Project, aimed at ensuring full participation in the November elections despite the coronavirus epidemic.
The firm joined this coalition of law firms that will work with other organizations that are uniting to identify and dismantle systemic racism in the law and in government institutions. LFAA participant firms commit to leverage their resources to amplify the voices of communities and individuals oppressed by racism; to better use the law as a vehicle for change to benefit communities of color; and to promote racial equity in the law and in government institutions.