ABA Staff Diversity Council

The American Bar Association has four core goals. Goal III is to eliminate bias and enhance diversity and inclusion in the Association, legal profession, and justice system.

ABA World Day 2019

In 2011, a grassroots campaign ‘Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion’, celebrating the annual World Day for Cultural Diversity was launched by UNESCO and the UN Alliance of Civilizations. The campaign encourages people and organizations from around the world to take concrete action to support diversity.

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Diversity in the Armed Forces

For the month of November, the ABA Staff Diversity Council is presenting milestones in the history of the U.S. Armed Forces. The first week looks at the Army, with a special video statement by Director of Governmental Affairs Office, Holly Cook. Please check back next week for historical highlights of diversity in the Marine Corps and another special ABA staff video highlight.

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Background

In 2011, ABA Executive Director Jack Rives appointed a Staff Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion charged with developing action steps that would complement the ABA Member Diversity Plan. The Task Force engaged in extensive research and gathered input from staff, which led to creation of the Staff Diversity Report and Plan (Plan) in 2012. Executive Director Rives then appointed the ABA Staff Diversity Council (composed of staff in ABA’s DC and Chicago Offices) to keep a focus on implementing the Plan. The Council accomplishes these objectives through the development, evaluation, and execution of activities, programs, and special projects that promote full and equal participation of all staff persons in the Association.

Activities

  • American Heart Health Month
  • How to Be An Ally
  • Minority Supplier Meet and Greet
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Implicit Bias Training

Members & Subcommittees

ABA Office of Diversity and Inclusion: Pedro Juan Windsor Jr., Esq Managing Director

More Activities

MLK Day Program

The American Bar Association Celebrates Diversity and the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Veterans Program

Are you a veteran? Do you know a veteran? Do you have a family member or friend who is a veteran? Then listen as ABA Past President Linda Klein talks about the ABA's Veterans Legal Services Initiative and its plans to help veterans. You'll also learn more about Learn more about the ABA’s current veterans legal services mission and ABA’s Military Pro Bono Project.

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Fill A Heart 4 Kids Toy Drive

The ABA Staff Diversity Council-Chicago Holiday toy drive was a rousing success and culminated in December 2016 with the pickup of the toys and gifts by Fill A Heart 4 Kids.