Promoting diversity in the profession shall be a priority of the Forum. The mission of the Forum’s Diversity Committee is to raise awareness and understanding among our members and others of the vital role diversity plays in the construction industry, both nationally and globally. The Diversity Committee’s mission includes enhancing participation, inclusion and leadership opportunities for attorneys of diverse backgrounds in Forum programs, publications and other initiatives. The Committee will also educate our membership on how diversity impacts the practice of construction law.
The Forum Diversity Committee sponsors a number of outreach efforts for diverse construction lawyers. The Forum offers Diversity Scholarships for women and minority construction lawyers, construction lawyers with disabilities, and construction lawyers from the LGBT community for the cost of registration to each of the Forum’s three national meetings each year, the Forum’s regional meetings each Fall, and the biennial Forum Trial Academy. The Forum also awards up to six Diversity Fellowships each year at the Forum’s Annual meeting. Each Fellowship is for three years, and Diversity Fellows receive a waiver of all registration fees for the Forum’s three national meetings each year, reimbursement of reasonable travel and accommodation expenses associated with attending the Forum’s Annual meeting each spring, a waiver of Forum membership dues, and payment of ABA membership dues on a graduated basis. Additionally, Fellows are afforded the opportunity to serve on the steering committee of one of the Forum’s 14 Divisions. The Fellowship has developed into a highly prestigious award among diverse construction lawyers.