Diversity Section

NALP has a longstanding commitment to be an advocate for diversity in the legal profession and in our membership. The Diversity Section is for NALP members with a particular interest in or responsibility for advocating for diversity in legal education and legal employment. This section will serve as a resource for all NALP members on matters of diversity. This section will also serve as the home of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Work Group.  Diversity directors and those focusing on diversity matters at law firms and law schools are encouraged to join their colleagues in this section.

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2016-17 Section Chair: Karen Hester, Center for Legal Inclusiveness, execdir@legalinclusiveness.org

Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference/ Bulletin Article Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2017 Annual Education Conference in San Francisco, CA and topics for Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Consider the use of NALPconnect, Bulletin articles and webinars to educate members about current topics, particularly those dealing with gender identity and expression.

Diversity Best Practices Guide
Update the Legal Employer Guide to include updated examples and resources. Update Law School Guide to add a new section dedicated to inclusion of additional “non-traditional” groups (e.g., veterans, socio-economic status)

Webinars
Create one (or two) webinars on an issue of interest to the Diversity and Inclusion Section and to NALP members generally.

Mentoring
Evaluate the current model and alternative methods of implementing a mentor program.

SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression)
Create a resource guide for NALP members with websites, best practices and FAQs on gender identity and expression issues. Include, if possible, examples of gender transition policies, benefits, and resources for law schools counseling about and managing gender identity and expression issues. Deliver a webinar on gender identity and expression topics. Consider RFPs for Annual Conference or ideas for Diversity Summit on gender identity and expression topics. Work with NALP’s liaison to the National LGBT Bar Association to facilitate NALP’s collaboration and participation in the NLGBTBA Annual Career Fair and Conference.

First Generation College Graduates:
Collaborate with JD Career Advisors Section regarding entry-level lawyers who are first generation college graduates. Explore this identity as a factor of socioeconomic diversity.


2015-16 Section Chair: Kristine McKinney, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Kristine.McKinney@FaegreBD.com

April 2016 Board Report (PDF)
February 2016 Board Report (PDF)
November 2015 Board Report (PDF)
July 2015 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference/ Bulletin Article Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2016 Annual Education Conference in Boston, MA and topics for Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. In developing topics, give careful consideration to those that would be appealing to mid-career professionals with 4-6 years of experience.

Diversity & Inclusion Summit Planning
The liaison will serve as an ex officio member of the 2016 Diversity & Inclusion Summit Planning team. Prior to the planning meeting in fall 2015, the liaison will survey the Section to compile a written list of possible sessions for the Summit and a list of possible speakers, which will be submitted to the Planning Committee well in advance of the Planning Meeting. These lists should include suggestions for Hot Topic Sessions. The liaison will also solicit proposals from Section members for the Summit and report back to the Section on the results of the Planning meeting.

Diversity Best Practices Guide
Update the Legal Employer Guide to include updated examples and resources. Update Law School Guide to add a new section dedicated to inclusion of “non-traditional” groups (e.g., religious, disability, veterans, socio-economic)

Webinars
Create one (or two) webinars on an issue of interest to the Diversity and Inclusion Section and to NALP members generally.

Mentoring
Implement “mentoring circles” /Mentor program within the Section.



2014-15 Section Chair: Neil Dennis, Georgetown University Law Center, nod2@law.georgetown.edu

April 2015 Board Report (PDF)

February 2015 Board Report (PDF)

November 2014 Board Report (PDF)

July 2014 Board Report (PDF)

Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference/ Bulletin Article Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2015 Annual Education Conference in Seattle, WA and topics for Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. In developing topics, give careful consideration to those that would be appealing to mid-career professionals with 4-6 years of experience. Vice Chairs: Nadjia Bailey, New York Law School; Cynthia Duval, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center; and Aithyni Rucker, Charlotte School of Law.

Diversity & Inclusion Summit Planning
The liaison will serve as an ex officio member of the 2015 Diversity & Inclusion Summit Planning team. Prior to the Planning Meeting, which is planned for September 2014, the liaison will survey the Section to compile a written list of possible sessions for the Summit and a list of possible speakers, which will be submitted to the Planning Committee well in advance of the Planning Meeting. These lists should include suggestions for Hot Topic Sessions. The liaison will also solicit proposals from Section members for the Summit and report back to the Section on the results of the Planning meeting. Liaison to the Planning Committee: Eliza Musallam, Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

Diversity Leadership: The Retention/Inclusion Imperative
Update the information captured through interviews of diverse leaders a year or so ago. Select 1-2 leaders in each region of NALP to create additional diversity leader/champion profiles. Consider how to use the interviews effectively. Vice Chair: Lori Lorenzo, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

Webinars
Create one (or two) webinars on an issue of interest to the Diversity and Inclusion Section and to NALP members generally. Vice Chair: Jami de Lou, Jenner & Block LLP

Long Range Strategic Plan Work Group
Conduct outreach and arrange for the collection of information for the preparation of a memorandum to the LRPS Committee. Vice Chair: Kia Scipio, Georgetown University Law Center.

Mentoring
Vice Chairs: Paula Edgar, New York Law School, and Richild Stewart, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.


2013-14 Section Chair: Lori Lorenzo, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity


2012-2013 Section Chair: Melanie Priddy, Bingham McCutchen LLP


2011-2012 Section Chair: Demetria Johnson, Hogan Lovells, LLP


2010-2011 Section Chair: Nicole Horne White, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP


2009-2010 Section Chair: Kisha Nunez, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

2008-09 Section Chair: Dana Morris, University of Maryland School of Law

 

2007-08 Section Chair: Marcy Cox, University of Miami School of Law

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