So how did Balch & Bingham do to “achieve greater diversity” on Friday? Hire six all-white attorneys in Birmingham.
What a joke.
Balch’s Managing Partner Stan Blanton appears to have fed the public 100% organic crap.
The public relations fluff regurgitated by Blanton after George Floyd’s death appears to have been disingenuous and dishonest.
Blanton, stated in June, “We condemn injustice, oppression and brutality because of the color of an individual’s skin. Recent tragedies have emphasized the unacceptable racial inequalities that remain in our society. There is much more to be done to achieve greater diversity within the Balch family and to support equality and eliminate racial injustice within the communities in which we live and serve.”
Blanton has yet to apologize for his firm’s involvement in the North Birmingham Bribery Scandal where poor African-American children were targeted and Black families were discouraged and suppressed from having their toxic property tested by the EPA. The scheme was spearheaded by convicted felon and ex-Balch partner Joel I. Gilbert, who was sentenced to five years in federal prison.
Blanton has yet to apologize for his firm’s involvement in the alleged “whites-only” land grab in Vincent, Alabama where the community united in August and ousted long-time Balch stooges that tried to put in a rock quarry in an area with historic slave graves.
Blanton has yet to apologize for his firm’s involvement in the alleged effort to “dilute and divide” the African-American vote a decade ago.
Blanton has yet to hire an African-American female attorney in Birmingham after letting the only one in Birmingham go last year. She at one time headed Balch’s diversity efforts.
The list of apologies goes on and on and probably equals the number of clients Balch has lost in the past three years for their alleged racist, unscrupulous, and criminal conduct
Institutional racism is real and Stan Blanton appears to have done nothing to change the alleged racist law firm’s hiring practices in Birmingham.
The six new all-white attorneys in Birmingham join the eight all-white attorneys hired last December.
Balch’s diversity: as strong as their integrity.
What a joke, Stanton.
What a joke!