June 24, 2020

ACTIONS. NOW. FOR CHANGE.

Our country and our communities are suffering and in turmoil due to the racial injustices that have occurred for centuries and are still happening all around us today. It is difficult to comprehend and utterly disheartening to see.

Since we opened our doors, Preti Flaherty has been a firm of spirit and resolve. We stand up for what we believe in. Two principles that have guided us from the beginning–—unity and inclusivity. At this critical time, we want to reinforce these values and express our deep commitment to fairness, equity, and human dignity.

To be clear: Black lives matter. To our Black neighbors, partners, colleagues, clients, and friends, we see you and we hear you. As a firm, we have our eyes wide open and our hearts willing to learn. We stand with our New England communities—along with people across the country—in our commitment to looking internally and externally to identify, call out, and dismantle the forces and structures that drive and maintain racial inequity. This is not a time for silent thoughts. Nor is it a time for mere aspirational words. It is a time for action.

In that spirit of togetherness and action, Preti Flaherty is partnering with organizations in New England that actively promote racial justice, fight discrimination, and foster equal opportunity. We are committing significant pro bono hours and $10,000 each to Lawyers for Civil Rights in Boston, MA, the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in Portland/Lewiston, ME, and the racial justice work of ACLU-NH. It is an honor and our profound responsibility to stand with groups such as these to help push for meaningful and necessary change.

Our commitment is to uphold and promote the principles of unity and inclusiveness that have guided and defined us. We will continue to add our voice and pursue action as we work with our communities to denounce injustice, eliminate systemic racism, and foster inclusivity.

David Van Slyke
Managing Partner

Firm Highlights

Press Coverage

The Maine Monitor Sues York County for Jail Call Records

On August 2, The Maine Monitor filed a lawsuit against York County, challenging the County's denial of reporter access to public records that may detail times it has recorded confidential conversations between defendants being held at the...

News

Law360 Names Matt Warner 2021 Cannabis MVP

Preti Flaherty attorney and Cannabis Business Group member Matt Warner was recently named one of Law360's 2021 MVPs in the field of Cannabis. Matt distinguished himself with his pioneering work challenging medical marijuana residency...

News

Nineteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2021 Super Lawyers

Nineteen Preti Flaherty attorneys have been selected for recognition by Super Lawyers , including eleven Rising Stars. Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers throughout the United States in more than 70 practice areas. Only five...

Publication

Beyond Maine’s Ban-the-Box Statute: Practical Employer Considerations

In five (5) days, Maine’s Fair Chance Employment Act goes into effect.  We originally summarized the objective and impact of that legislation in an alert posted on August 11, 2021 .  Now is the...

Publication

Legislative Alert: Special Session, Redistricting, and Cloture

The Legislature gathered for a Special Session last week, September 29 th , to vote on legislative redistricting. The final agreement passed successfully and with strong bipartisan support in both the House and the...

Event

Legal Lunches: Workin' for the Weekend

Laura Rideout and John Cronan will participate in a panel discussion called "Workin' for the Weekend: Team Safety Including Wage & Hour, OSHA and Workers' Comp in a Post-COVID World" as a part of...

Event

Dan Walker to Present on Maine Cannabis Law and Policy at Cumberland Bar Association

Preti Flaherty attorney and Cannabis Business Group chair Dan Walker will present on the topic "Maine Cannabis Law and Policy: Review of Current Status and Updates to Maine’s Two Cannabis Programs – Medical and...

Event

Kenneth Rubinstein and Anthony Manhart to Present on Modifying AIA Contract Documents

AIA contract documents are the industry standard for managing contractual relationships in construction and design projects. Despite this widespread use, the contracts often contain holes and fail to protect the interests of particular clients...

Press Coverage

In Reversal, Maine CDC Will Allow "Advocacy Journalists" into Next COVID-19 Briefing

Following an announcement by Gov. Janet Mills, representatives from the Maine People's Alliance and the Maine Policy Institute will be allowed to attend and participate in the weekly livestream COVID-19 briefings presented by the Maine Center for Disease...

Publication

Employees Who Refuse to Comply with a Mandatory Vaccination Policy are Generally Ineligible to Receive Unemployment Benefits

Following a nationwide spike in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, an increasing number of Maine private businesses and colleges have joined the healthcare industry in requiring workers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Vaccine...