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The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Statement Condemning Racism

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Washington, DC, July 13, 2020: Stephen R. Akers, President of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), today issued a statement regarding recent events stoking civil unrest, delineating the College’s position and commitment to the renouncement of racism in all its forms. ACTEC’s Diversity and Inclusivity Committee developed the statement, which exemplifies the fundamental issues and values to which the College is committed.

ACTEC Statement Condemning Racism

ACTEC is a non-partisan, apolitical organization. However, the College considers the historical, continuing, and devastating impact of institutionalized racism against people of color in our society to be a humanitarian, rather than a political issue. Individually and collectively, we will never, and should never, forget the shocking video images of the brutal murder, now formally charged, of George Floyd. ACTEC will not be silent in the face of these events but will state here affirmatively: ACTEC condemns racism in all its forms. ACTEC will continue to strive to be, and publicly commits to be, anti-racist. ACTEC agrees that as we strive to be an anti-racist society, we cannot attain that goal without acknowledging that Black lives matter.

ACTEC acknowledges that, in a culture and society where white supremacy has been institutionalized, systemic racism exists; therefore, a failure to embrace strong anti-racist practices and policies will merely perpetuate racism. While we remain committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment, we too must do more as a College. We pledge to take additional anti-racist actions, and we encourage all ACTEC Fellows to actively strive to eliminate all forms of racism in their personal and professional lives. ACTEC acknowledges and accepts that, in time, we all will be judged not only by our words, but also by our actions.

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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