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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  Center

Provides guidance, spearheads projects, and enhances collaboration and communication to advance ABA Goal III–to eliminate bias and enhance diversity in our Association, legal profession, and justice system. Goal III entities within the Center advance different but interrelated areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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About Us

Interested in getting involved?---contact us today at: [email protected]. Click the link below for a high-level overview of our work and structure.

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New & Improved: Diverse Speakers Directory

The ABA Diversity Speakers & Authors Directory provides a central resource for finding diverse speakers, authors, and other contributors for meetings, educational programs, publications, and more. The directory helps advance ABA Goal III, enhancing diversity in ABA and other programming and publications.

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SFFA v. Harvard/Affirmative Action

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Resource Page

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in SFFA v. Harvard banning the consideration of race as a distinct factor in admissions has created questions around programs aimed at ameliorating past harms in the quest to promote equity in education and employment.

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Summary of February 5, 2024 Strategy Session

On February 5, 2024, during the ABA Midyear Meeting, the ABA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Center hosted “Developing an Action Plan for Equity and Fairness.” The interactive discussion, facilitated by Past President Paulette Brown, focused on what has been an organized campaign to normalize inequity, including, for example, state actions limiting voting access, book and curriculum bans, attacks on the LGBTQ+ community and reproductive freedom, and efforts to expand the SFFA v. Harvard decision to justify the elimination of diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in all sectors.

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The Path Forward: Discussions and Strategies in Ensuring Diversity, Equity and Inclusion post-SFFA v. Harvard - Webinar Series

This series of workshops was created to provide an avenue for meaningful discussion about the path forward for programs that seek to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Each session is focused on distinct groups and the unique challenges they face post-decision. The goal of the series is to share information, facilitate discussion, and to provide concrete recommendations to sustain the ongoing quest toward a more equitable society for all.

2023 Goal III Report

These reports are released every year to monitor the ABA's progress in promoting full and equal participation in the Association, through profiling the demographics of its membership and leaders.

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Our Work

Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice

The COREJ focuses on developing and supporting initiatives and research to address social justice issues that stem from the intersection of race and ethnicity within the legal system.

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Commission on Disability Rights

The Commission on Disability Rights focuses on developing and supporting initiatives and research to secure full and equal participation by persons with mental, physical, and sensory disabilities in all areas of the legal profession.

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Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities

The Hispanic Commission focuses on developing and supporting initiatives and research to educate lawyers on how best to serve, promote civic responsibility within, and address the key legal challenges facing Latino community in the United States.

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Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession

The Diversity Commission focuses on developing and supporting initiatives and research to increase racial and ethnic diversity and inclusion in all areas of the legal profession.

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Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The SOGI Commission focuses on developing and supporting initiatives and research to secure full and equal participation by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons in all areas of the legal profession.

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Commission on Women in the Profession

The Commission on Women focuses on developing and supporting initiatives and research to secure full and equal participation of women in all areas of the legal profession.

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Council for Diversity in the Educational Pipeline

The Pipeline Council focuses on developing and supporting initiatives and research to increase diversity in the educational pathway to the profession.

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ABA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is comprised of representatives from various ABA Entities and National Affinity Bar Associations who meet quarterly to collaborate and communicate on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and initiatives.

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Joint Exhibit Program

Each bar year the Diversity and Inclusion Center actively markets participating ABA entities to thousands of diverse lawyers, judges, and law students via the Joint Exhibit Program.

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Celebrating Diversity

Learn more about the various heritage months and special days that the ABA Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion leads in supporting, commemorating, and observing throughout the year.

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American Bar Endowment grants nearly $3.7 million to ABA FJE

Generous Support for Legal Services

With generous support from the ABE and its insurance participants, the ABA improves access to justice and provides life-saving legal services to individuals and families in need. The ABA FJE remains grateful for the ABE’s current grant of nearly $3.7 million and its unwavering generosity for nearly 60 years. This investment helps to support critical law-related projects and programs that are important to the profession and the public.

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Become A Member

As a ABA Member, you have access to many new benefits including the free CLE Member Benefit Library, the ABA Journal, Member Groups, networking opportunities and much more.