Diversity & Inclusion 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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2018-19 Section Chair: Courtney Dredden Carter, Jenner & Block LLP, ccarter@jenner.com

July 2018 Board Report (PDF)
November 2018 Board Report (PDF)

Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference/ Bulletin Article / Webinar Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2019 Annual Education Conference and topics for Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Consider the production of educational webinars throughout the year.

Diversity Best Practices Guide
Continue the 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).

Mentoring
Continue to provide mentoring matches within the D&I Section as needed.

LGBTQ
Work with NALP Director of Communications and Member Engagement to review LGBTQ resources and information on NALP’s website and make suggestions for revisions and updates. 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 (Gary Greener, UCLA Law School) to facilitate NALP’s collaboration and participation in the National LGBT Bar Association Annual Career Fair and Conference (Lavender Law).

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

Legislative Monitoring
Monitor federal and state legislation and litigation affecting LGBTQ rights including the rights of transgendered persons to serve in the military. Monitor other legislative and regulatory developments that might impact law firm or law school diversity initiatives. Provide updates to the NALP community.

Diversity in Judicial Clerkships
Collaborate with Judicial Clerkship Section to study the presence of minority and diverse law school graduates in judicial clerkships and try to identify data. Aim to create a report that can be presented at 2019 Annual Education Conference or presented as a webinar or Bulletin article.



2017-18 Section Chair: Kia Scipio, Fish & Richardson, P.C., scipio@fr.com

April 2018 Board Report (PDF)
February 2018 Board Report (PDF)
November 2017 Board Report (PDF)
July 2017 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference/ Bulletin Article Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2018 Annual Education Conference 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 & Inclusion Summit Planning
The liaison will serve as an ex officio member of the 2018 Diversity & Inclusion Summit Planning team. Prior to the planning meeting in fall 2017, 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 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.



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

April 2017 Board Report (PDF)
February 2017 Board Report (PDF)
November 2016 Board Report (PDF)
July 2016 Board Report (PDF)


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


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


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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