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2023 ABA Virtual Equity Summit

The Summit Planning Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Council (Advisory Council) is excited to announce the 2023 ABA Equity Summit:

Deepening our Commitment & Building Community in the Face of Division

October 23-24, 2023


Equity Summit Goals

  • The Virtual Summit will ensure greater visability of DEI issues in the legal profession and beyond.
  • The Summit’s CLEs, Workshops, Keynotes, and Networking programming will provide opportunities for greater collaboration and to elevate existing work and innovative work on DEI efforts with legal professionals.
  • The Summit is an opportunity for ABA entities, bar associations, law firms, and other partners to work together more proactively in DEI.


$99/ABA Member | Free for Law Students


Summit Agenda
(all times listed in EST)

View Program Book (PDF)

Day 1 | Monday, Oct. 23, 2023
Community Intersections: Solidarity and Complexities

  • 11:00 AM Opening by ABA President Mary Smith (pre-recorded) | 10 min
  • 11:10 AM The Changing Landscape of the Judiciary Panel | 1 hr 15 min
  • 5 min break
  • 12:30 PM Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Bernice Donald | 30 min
  • 1:00 PM Lunch 30 min
  • 1:30 PM Civic Voices Unleashed: Voter Access and Strategies in Contemporary Politiocs CLE | 1 hr 15 min
  • 5 min break
  • 2:50 PM The Changing Landscape of Affirmative Action CLE | 1 hr 15 min
  • 5 min break
  • 4:10 PM Wellness Workshop | 1 hr
  • 10 min break
  • 5:20 PM Closing Statements | 5 min
  • 5:25 PM Diversity in Groove: A Virtual Social Soiree featuring DJ Jordana Talsky | 1 hr 5 min
    Zoom Link HERE

Day 2 | Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023
How Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Builds Community

  • 11:00 AM Opening | 5 min
  • 11:05 AM Lawyers in Drag and Anti-Drag Legislation | 1 hr 15 min
  • 5 min break
  • 12:25 PM Workshop: Email and Meeting Equity | 1 hr
  • 5 min break
  • 1:30 PM The Mama Attorney: Employment Rights and You CLE | 1 hr 15 min
  • 2:45 PM Lunch | 30 min
  • 3:15 PM Disability Justice: Path Toward True Equity and Inclusion | 1 hr 15 min
  • 5 min break
  • 4:35 PM Free Speech on Campus CLE | 1 hr 15 min
  • 5 min break
  • 5:55 PM Being an Activist in the Legal Field CLE | 1 hr 15 min
  • 7:10 PM Closing | 5 min
  • 7:15 PM Inclusive Pursuit: ABA DEI Trivia | 45 min
    Zoom Link HERE

CLE Credit & Tech Requirements

This Event Does qualify for CLE Credit

  • You must attend the entire webinar including the Q&A, and click on all participation verification pop-up notifications to receive CLE credit.
  • The ABA will seek 10 total hours of CLE credit, including 2.5 hours of Elimination of Bias, Diversity and Inclusion credit, in 60-minute states, and 12 total hours of CLE credit for this program in 50-minute states.
  • Partial credit is not available for the live program or recording.

Before the Program - Technical Requirements

This event is compatible with any HTML5 and JavaScript enabled web browser including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Edge and mobile devices using current software.  Some browser settings may interfere with the live stream - if you have trouble consider refreshing the page, trying a different browser, or disconnecting your VPN.

Cvent Navigation Basics (PDF)

Thank You to Our Financial Supporters!

Thank you to: ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, ABA Criminal Justice Section, and Walmart

Thank you to: ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, ABA Criminal Justice Section, and Walmart

Financially Support the Equity Summit

Are you interested in a unique opportunity for members of the legal community to come together? In this summit, professionals across industries will learn and exchange insights on key diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges.

Learn more about financial support for the Equity Summit by emailing Catherine Shieh(she/they), Associate Director; ABA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Center at [email protected]

Support Levels and Corresponding Benefits Can Be Found Here