Career Toolkit

Career Toolkit: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

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Type of Resource Resource Description
Website DC Bar Resources: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Article How Deeper Dialogues Among Women Can Bolster Diversity and Inclusion Personal stories about how overlapping identities such as race and ethnicity may affect women—often in ways that are distinctly different from what men of color or white women experience—lie at the core of the term “intersectionality,” a concept first articulated by scholar and law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. This ABA article discusses how deeper dialogues about intersectionality can bolster diversity and inclusion in the legal field.
Podcast Many Voices, One Community Learn more about how DLA Piper, one of the world’s largest law firms, strives to embrace, value and incorporate diversity into its culture.
Podcast Black Lawyers Speak: Stories of the Past, Hopes for the Future In this podcast series, Bloomberg Law begins peeling the curtain back on the experiences of African American lawyers at elite law firms and companies and their work for equality in the profession. You’ll hear insight on the challenges of culture change, and why, despite it all, they have great hope for the future.
Podcast Distinguishing Diversity from Inclusion There’s a right way to create a culture of diversity and inclusion and there are countless wrong ways companies and law firms continue to develop failing programs and policies. St. John’s University’s William Murphy tells host Carl Morrison the range from worst reasons to implement (reactionary) to best (making the business case). In between are altruistic or PR-motivated programs doomed to fail. He outlines what makes a successful program and how those programs not only improve culture but increase profits.
Webinar Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Action: A Conversation with DEI Law School Leaders The ABA’s panel of DEI law school leaders share their role within law schools and the broader legal profession in creating and fostering an environment and culture of inclusion and equality that nurtures and strengthens a sense of community and belonging for all faculty, staff, and students.
Webinar Live with Kellye & Ken: Advancing Racial Equity This episode of “Live with Kellye & Ken” focused on Advancing Racial Equity in the Legal Profession. In the aftermath of a historic and hotly contested 2020 election, the panel explored questions about racial equity in law and legal education with distinguished legal professionals.
Webinar ABA and National Affinity Bars Equity Webinar The murder of George Floyd, recent protests across the country, and the disparate impact of COVID-19 have brought into sharp focus systemic inequities both in the justice system, the legal profession, and their respective communities. Representatives from the National Affinity Bar Associations will discuss how they are identifying and addressing these inequities and share their strategies for breaking down the barriers of bias, racism, and discrimination.
Commission ABA’S Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession The mission of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession (The Commission) is to serve as a catalyst promoting diversity and inclusion within the legal profession and the ABA by facilitating the entry, participation and retention of diverse lawyers. The Commission achieves this by furthering the development of substantive programs and services in which diverse lawyers, law firms and law students will actively participate.
Website ABA’s Law Practice Division Diversity & Inclusion Resources The Law Practice Division is dedicated to helping attorneys and firms in their diversity and inclusion efforts. It is proud to introduce this compilation of resources and welcome you to make suggestions at any time.
Book Integrating Doctrine and Diversity: Inclusion and Equity in the Law School Classroom Drawing upon the experience of faculty from across the country, this book is a collection of essays with practical advice, written by faculty for faculty, on specific ways to integrate diversity, equity and inclusion into the law school curriculum.

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