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ABA honors bar associations in San Diego, Indianapolis for diversity efforts

ABA honors bar associations in San Diego, Indianapolis for diversity efforts

By John Glynn

CHICAGO, July 14, 2014 —The San Diego County Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Association are the recipients of the 2014 American Bar Association Partnership Award, which salutes bar associations for their work to increase participation and advancement of lawyers of color as well as other underrepresented constituents.

The winners will receive their awards on Aug. 8 at the Boston Marriott Copley at the annual joint awards luncheon of the National Association of Bar Executives, National Conference of Bar Presidents and National Conference of Bar Foundations. The Partnership Awards luncheon is sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services, along with the National Native American Bar Association, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association and the National Bar Association.

In 2008, the San Diego Bar Association first collaborated with the San Diego chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel to create the Diversity Fellowship Program. The effort focused on aiding first-year law students who possessed diverse backgrounds through the legal pipeline. The fellowship program provides students with eight to 10 weeks of legal experience during summers. A total of 13 law firms and corporate legal departments are participating this summer. In six years, 50 firms and companies have employed 70 law students from the three program partners — the California Western School of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law and the University of San Diego School of Law.

The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Diversity Job Fair was created seven years ago to recognize and promote the positive impact that diversity has on the Indianapolis legal community. The job fair reaches out to both racially and sexually diverse students, as well as law students with disabilities, and encourages collaboration among Indianapolis legal employers. About 20 percent of interviewing students who participate in the job fair are offered summer employment from employer participants, which include firms, government agencies, public interest and nonprofit groups.

For more information on the program, click here.

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