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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. 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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2013-14 Section Chair: Lori Lorenzo, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, llorenzo@lcldnet.com

February 2014 Board Report (PDF)

November 2013 Board Report (PDF)

July 2013 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference/Bulletin Article Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2014 Annual Education Conference in Seattle, WA and topics for Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both.
Vice Chairs: Eliza Park Musallam, American University Washington College of Law and Neil Dennis, Georgetown University Law Center

Diversity & Inclusion Summit Planning Work Group
A small work group of three members will serve on the 2014 Diversity & Inclusion Summit Planning team. Prior to the Planning Meeting, this group will survey the section to compile a list of possible sessions for the Summit and a list of possible speakers. These lists should include suggestions for Hot Topic Sessions.
Vice Chairs: Lori Lorenzo, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and TBD.

Diversity Leadership: The Retention/Inclusion Imperative
This work group will update the information captured through interviews of diverse leaders a year or so ago. The group will select 1-2 leaders in each region of NALP to create additional diversity leader/champion profiles. This work group will consider how to use the interviews effectively.
Vice Chair: TBD.

Diversity in Public Service Employment Sector
Public Service Section to explore options of expanded data information and analysis on diversity in the public interest and government employment settings.
Vice Chair: TBD.

Best Practices Guide - Disability
Update the Diversity Best Practices Guides (for law schools and legal employers) to include best practices for recruiting, retaining, promoting and including lawyers and law students with disabilities. This section of the guide should include information on the Impact Job Fair, as well as information and support for common disability accommodations, including best practices for data collection. Consider opportunities to raise awareness of these issues and promoting the completed guide by writing Bulletin Articles, planning conference sessions, or webinars.
Vice Chair: Brad Sprayberry, Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.

Best Practices Guide - Religion
Update the Diversity Best Practices Guides (for law schools and legal employers) to include best practices for institutions that are looking to raise awareness, improve institutional culture and policies with respect to religious diversity. Consult with Canadian Section with respect to best practices from Canada with respect to religion.
Vice Chair: TBD.

Fisher Case Working Group
The Supreme Court is expected to rule on Fisher v. Texas in June. This group will review the outcome of the case and share information about likely implications with the Board and the members. This group will monitor developments in the aftermath of the Fisher v Texas case, and educate members through postings on NALPconnect, Bulletin articles, annual education conference sessions, and webinars as, appropriate, including providing educational materials in the wake of the decision. Also, the group should consider submitting an RFP for the Annual Education Conference and/or coordinate a session for the Diversity Summit to explore how the decision in this case will impact law firm and law school policies and procedures with respect to admissions, interviews, recruiting, and Affirmative Action programs. The Group should also consider implications which will require revisions to the NALP Best Practices Guide for Diversity.
Vice Chair: Sherry Ann Smith, Cardozo School of Law

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

Resources and NALPconnect
Help to identify and highlight resources of interest to Section members through NALPconnect and other means.
Vice Chair: Sahar Dar, The John Marshall Law School


2012-2013 Section Chair: Melanie Priddy, Bingham McCutchen LLP, melanie.priddy@bingham.com

April 2013 Board Report (PDF)

February 2013 Board Report (PDF)

November 2012 Board Report (PDF)

July 2012 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference/Bulletin Article Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2013 Annual Education Conference in Austin, Texas and topics for Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Vice Chairs: Paula Edgar, Seton Hall University School of Law, Eliza Park Musallam, American University Washington College of Law, and Jessica Maroney Shillito, Shearman & Sterling

Diversity Summit Panning Work Group
A small work group of three members will serve on the 2013 Diversity Summit Planning team. Work Group members: Carlos Davila-Caballero, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Mieko Rechka, Sidley & Austin LLP

Diversity Leadership: The Retention/Inclusion Imperative
This work group will consider how best to disseminate the information captured through interviews of diverse leaders a year or so ago. This work group will consider how to use the interviews effectively and in particular consider how to use NALPconnect, the NALP website, the NALP Bulletin, NALPnow! and other media. Vice Chair: Lori Lorenzo, University of Miami School of Law

Pipeline Initiatives Education
Through various NALP media, highlight partnerships and opportunities for law schools and legal employers to impact the pipeline of diverse law students. Educate NALP members through Bulletin articles, NALPconnect and the NALP website. Vice Chair: Chia Kang, Ropes & Gray LLP

NALPconnect Workgroup (Bibliography):
Introduce social media to section. Develop and update materials and resources to be posted on the home page. Materials and resources could include “best of” sessions from the 2011 NALP educational programming (Annual Conference, Diversity Summit, the Lawyer Professional Development Program, Newer Professional Forum, Professional Development Institute, and PSLawNet Mini Conference), as well as NALP and NALP Foundation webinars. Vice Chair: Kristine McKinney, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP and Sherry Ann Smith, Cardozo Law School


2011-2012 Section Chair: Demetria Johnson, Hogan Lovells, LLP, demetria.johnson@hoganlovells.com

April 2012 Board Report (PDF)

February 2012 Board Report (PDF)

November 2011 Board Report (PDF)

July 2011 Board Report (PDF)

2011 Survey on Law Firm Diversity Committees (PDF)


Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference/Bulletin Article Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2012 Annual Education Conference in Austin, Texas and topics for Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Vice Chairs: Carlos Davila-Caballero, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP (Annual Conference RFPS); Chia Kang, Ropes & Gray LLP (Bulletin RFPs); Eliza Park Musallam, American University Washington College of Law (Annual Conference RFPS); and Sherry-Ann Smith, Cardozo Law School (Annual Conference RFPS).

Diversity Summit Panning Work Group
A small work group of three members will serve on the 2012 Diversity Summit Planning team. Work Group members: Melique Jones, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Nicole White, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Aymara Zielina, Pepperdine University School of Law (appointed).

Diversity Leadership: The Retention/Inclusion Imperative
In today’s global economy, a diverse work force is vital to building organizational strength. An often overlooked strategy for improving diversity is to tap into the wealth of knowledge and survival tactics of diverse leaders. This work group seeks to celebrate diverse leadership within our industry by interviewing diverse professionals and featuring their stories, challenges and victories for publication in the NALP Bulletin, NALPnow! and other media. This group will continue to grow, archive, update (annually), and publicize the profiles of diverse members. This group also seeks to highlight best retention and inclusion efforts particularly during a time of economic distress and investigate the creation of an informal NALP affinity group for diverse professionals. Vice Chair: Rachel Simmonds-Watson, Debevoise & Plimpton.

Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals Collaboration
Develop initiatives and opportunities to collaborate with and support the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals, including quarterly conference calls. Vice Chair: Tamara Toussaint, Ford & Harrison.

Pipeline Initiatives Resource
Continue to identify, update, and consolidate partnerships and opportunities for law schools and legal employers to impact the pipeline of diverse law students. Gather information on relevant programs and educate NALP members through Bulletin articles and provide information for the NALP website. Vice Chairs: Karen Hester, University of Kansas School of Law and Debbie Milwood-Rowe, FIU College of Law.

Track Programming
Collaborate with the Members Services Advisory Group to identify and compile resources that are designed to help members new to the profession. Resources should include “best of” sessions from the 2010/2011 NALP educational programming (Annual Conference, Diversity Summit, the Lawyer Professional Development Program, Newer Professional Forum, Professional Development Institute, and PSLawNet Mini Conference), as well as NALP and NALP Foundation webinars. Vice Chair: Jessica Maroney, Shearman & Sterling.


2010-2011 Section Chair: Nicole Horne White, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, nicole.white@morganlewis.com

April 2011 Board Report (PDF)

February 2011 Board Report (PDF)

November 2010 Board Report (PDF)

July 2010 Board Report (PDF)

Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference/Bulletin Article Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2011 Annual Education Conference in Palm Springs, California and topics for Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Vice-Chairs: Demetria Johnson, Hogan Lovells(RFPs) and Karen Hester, University of Kansas (Bulletin articles).

Diversity Summit
Create a small work group of two-three members who will serve on the Diversity Summit Planning team. Vice-Chair: Kristine McKinney, Faegre & Benson LLP, Eliza Park Musallam, American University Washington College of Law, and Sharon Crane, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

Diversity Leadership: The Retention/Inclusion Imperative
In today's global economy, a diverse work force is vital to building organizational strength. An often overlooked strategy for improving diversity is to tap into the wealth of knowledge and survival tactics of diverse leaders. This work group will seek to celebrate diverse leadership within our industry by interviewing diverse professionals and featuring their stories, challenges and victories for publication in the NALP Bulletin, NALPnow! and other media. This group also seeks to highlight best retention and inclusion efforts particularly during a time of economic distress and investigate the creation of an informal NALP affinity group for diverse professionals. Vice-Chairs: Melanie Priddy, Katten Muchin and Denise Robinson, O’Melveny & Myers.

Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals Collaboration
Develop initiatives and opportunities to collaborate with and support the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals, including quarterly conference calls. Vice-Chair: Rachel Simmonds-Watson, Debevoise & Plimpton.

Pipeline Initiatives Resource
Continuing the work from the 2008-2009 Work Group, identify, update, consolidate partnerships and opportunities for law schools and legal employers to impact the pipeline of diverse law students. Gather information on relevant programs and educate NALP members through Bulletin articles and provide information for the NALP website. Vice Chairs: Jessica Maroney, Shearman & Sterling and Chia Kang, Ropes & Gray.


2009-2010 Section Chair: Kisha Nunez, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, kcnunez@wlrk.com

April 2010 Board Report (PDF)

February 2010 Board Report (PDF)

November 2009 Board Report (PDF)

July 2009 Board Report (PDF)

Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference/Bulletin Article Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2010 Annual Education Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico and topics for Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Vice-Chairs: Nicole Horne-White (conference), Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP & Melanie Priddy (Bulletin articles), Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Diversity Summit
Create a small work group of two-three members who will serve on the Diversity Summit Planning team. Vice-Chair: Rachel Simmonds-Watson, Debevoise & Plimpton

Diversity Leadership: The Retention/Inclusion Imperative
In today's global economy, a diverse work force is vital to building organizational strength. An often overlooked strategy for improving diversity is to tap into the wealth of knowledge and survival tactics of diverse leaders. This work group will seek to celebrate diverse leadership within our industry by interviewing diverse professionals and featuring their stories, challenges and victories for publication in the NALP Bulletin and other media. This group will also seek to highlight best retention and inclusion efforts particularly during a time of economic distress and investigate the creation of an informal NALP affinity group for diverse professionals. Vice-Chairs: Crystal Deazle, University of Pennsylvania Law School & Donna Harris, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals Collaboration
Develop initiatives and opportunities to collaborate with and support the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals. Consider an initiative related to retention of diverse professionals during the current economic downturn. Vice-Chair: Maja Hazell, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP

2008-09 Section Chair: Dana Morris, University of Maryland School of Law, dmorris@law.umaryland.edu

 

2007-08 Section Chair: Marcy Cox, University of Miami School of Law
mcox@law.miami.edu



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