Lawyers Of Color
The ABA CENTER FOR RACIAL AND ETHNIC DIVERSITY provides the framework for effective utilization of ABA resources committed to diversity; improves coordination and collaboration of diversity efforts throughout the Association; and helps to maintain racial and ethnic diversity as a priority issue for the Association, in support of ABA’s Goal III. The Center is comprised of three racial and ethnic diversity entities.
- ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession provides services for racially and ethnically diverse lawyers, judges, and others who are in the legal profession. The Commission’s projects include: Minority Counsel Program ; Spirit of Excellence Award ; and, Goal III Report .
- ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice addresses and provides services on social justice matters related to racial and ethnic bias in the justice system. COREJ’s projects include: Overrepresentation of Juveniles of Color in Juvenile Justice Project ; Natural Disaster Response & Social Justice Strategies Initiative ; and, Election Protection .
- ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline provides services to increase diversity among students in the educational pipeline to the legal profession. The Pipeline Council’s projects include: Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award , ABA/LSAC Pipeline Diversity Directory ; Judicial Clerkship Program ; Legal Opportunity Scholarship ; and, Regional Pipeline Diversity Roundtables and Workshops.
In 2008, the ABA restructured its Mission and Goals, and identified diversity as one of only four Association priorities. The new Goal III is to:
ELIMINATE BIAS AND ENHANCE DIVERSITY
|The ABA Goal III Report is an annual survey conducted with a view toward determining the representation of minorities in the Association and its leadership; presenting information on diversity-related initiatives throughout the Association; identifying and developing ongoing strategies and practices to assist Sections, Divisions and Forums and other ABA entities in increasing minority participation.|
ABA SECTIONS, DIVISIONS, AND FORUMS
Learn more about the professional groups within the ABA that support lawyers of color.
ABA CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
The ABA Center for Human Rights works to enhance public education on human rights issues, promote the Trial Observer Project, and to coordinate the Rule of Law Letter Program. The Center informs the ABA House of Delegates on human rights issues and recommends ABA policy.
ABA SECTION OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
This Section promotes human rights, protection of civil liberties, and pursues social justice.