Statement Regarding the Derek Chauvin Case

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Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

NLADA’s Statement Regarding the Derek Chauvin Case

Our thoughts are with George Floyd’s family and friends; we hope yesterday’s verdict brings them some peace. We remain mindful, however, of the black and brown lives that continue to be lost disproportionately due to excessive force by law enforcement, and of the countless black and brown families who are still waiting for justice. 

Our nation has a long legacy of racism and white supremacy that the legal system is built upon, and we have a long journey ahead to eradicate systemic racism in America.  The remedies must address the underlying issue of white supremacy and be national in scope and comprehensive in nature.

NLADA is committed to partnering with directly impacted communities to address the underlying societal views, structures and indoctrination that are allowing for disparate, violent treatment of individuals of color.  We are focused on helping public defense and civil legal aid programs to be effective anti-racist institutions. Collectively, the NLADA community of public defense, civil legal aid and client advocates are engaging transformative solutions to dismantle racist policies and practices and secure equity.  

Join the NLADA Race Equity Advocacy Listserv to stay informed and learn about NLADA’s new plans to advance equity and justice. 


The National Legal Aid & Defender Association, founded in 1911, is America’s oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted to excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel. NLADA has pioneered access to justice at the national, state and local levels through the creation of our public defender systems and other important institutions from The Sentencing Project to the Legal Services Corporation. A leader in the development of national standards for civil legal aid and public defense, NLADA also provides advocacy, training and technical assistance for equal justice advocates across the country.