The Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission sought to make lasting change by advocating for the ABA to adopt policies that touched upon diversity and inclusion in a range of areas including continuing legal education, economic opportunities for diverse attorneys, ethics and professional responsibility and the jury system.
Below are resolutions and the accompanying reports that the Commission advanced to the ABA House of Delegates.
- Resolution 107 and Report to the ABA House of Delegates - Encourages bodies responsible for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education to require diversity and inclusion as a separate and distinct credit. (Adopted by House of Delegates, February 2016)
- Resolution 113 and Report to the ABA House of Delegates - Urges providers of legal services to focus on their diversity and inclusion practices in a meaningful way and urges clients to use their purchasing power to increase economic opportunities for diverse attorneys.
- Resolution 109 and Report to the ABA House of Delegates - Creates new paragraph (g) in Rule 8.4 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct making it misconduct for a lawyer to â€œharass or discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or socioeconomic status in conduct related to the practice of law.
- Resolution 116 and Report to the ABA House of Delegates - Advocates for amending the ABA Principles for Juries and Jury Trials to (1) add marital status, gender identity and gender expression to the list of those groups that should not be excluded from jury service; and (2) recommend that jurors be educated about implicit bias and how to avoid such bias in the decision making process.
In addition, the Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission devised and championed a new ABA Diversity CLE Policy, which was approved by the ABA Board of Governors on June 10, 2016. ABA Diversity CLE Policy