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ACTEC Statement Condemning Violence Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

The College Reaffirms its Commitment to a Welcoming and Inclusive Environment


Contact: Pamela Goldsmith, 202-465-8270

Washington, DC, April 13, 2021: Ann B. Burns, President of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), today issued a statement regarding the recent spate of violent attacks against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), confirming the College’s dedication to being both actively anti-racist and anti-discriminatory, as well as providing a welcoming and inclusive environment. ACTEC’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Committee (DE&I) developed the statement, which defines the fundamental issues and values to which the College is committed.

ACTEC Statement Condemning Violence Against AAPI

As part of its mission to support diversity and excellence in the trust and estate field of law, ACTEC condemns racism, sexism and discrimination of all kinds. The College considers the historical, continuing, and devastating impact of institutionalized racism, sexism and discrimination in our society to be a humanitarian rather than a political issue and has, and will continue to, actively take steps to embody its commitment to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment.

To review the College’s statements against racism, understand the steps that ACTEC and The ACTEC Foundation have taken over the years, and see resources available to actively combat racism, please visit ACTEC’s Commitment to Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination.   

About the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC): Established in 1949, The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is a national, nonprofit association of approximately 2,500 lawyers and law professors from throughout the United States and abroad. ACTEC members (Fellows) are peer-elected on the basis of professional reputation and expertise in the preparation of wills and trusts, estate planning, probate, trust administration and related practice areas. The College’s mission includes the improvement and reform of probate, trust and tax laws and procedures and professional practice standards. ACTEC frequently offers technical comments with regard to legislation and regulations but does not take positions on matters of policy or political objectives.

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