Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession 

The mission of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession (The Commission) is to serve as a catalyst promoting diversity and inclusion within the legal profession and the ABA by facilitating the entry, participation and retention of diverse lawyers. The Commission achieves this by furthering the development of substantive programs and services in which diverse lawyers, law firms and law students will actively participate.If you would like to support the Commission’s projects please contact

2020 ABA Spirit of Excellence Awards Nominations

Nominations are now closed - Nominate a peer who has striven through adversity and achieved excellence as a law professional of color for the 2020 Spirit of Excellence Awards.

ABA Model Diversity Survey

The ABA House of Delegates passed Resolution 113 that urges all providers of legal services, particularly law firms, to expand and create opportunities at all levels of responsibility for diverse attorneys.

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Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (Date June 21, 2020)

The CBLA marks the first substantive program resulting from a collaboration of the six sponsoring bar associations and lays the foundation for further collaborative efforts to foster diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Go To - 2020 CBLA New Orleans

CLE and Diversity Bar Leadership Reception

Suppressing Public Protests in America: Do Free Speech and Free Assembly Matter Anymore?

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Request Media Credentials

ABA media credentials are available to reporters, editors, producers, video camera operators and still photographers who present valid press identification

The Innovator

A newsletter of the ABA’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. We use this publication to keep in touch with you regarding our activities and developments to promote diversity and inclusion in the profession and to highlight the diversity and inclusion efforts of the ABA’s various Sections, Divisions and Forums.

About the Commission

Created in 1986 and the oldest racial and ethnic diversity entity within the ABA, the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession through its work and programs, is a catalyst for creating leadership and economic opportunities for racial and ethnically diverse lawyers in the legal profession.


The Model Diversity Survey obtained 105 corporate signatories and negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding with the Interlaw Diversity Forum in the United Kingdom.

The Presidential Showcase program: ““Trump and Diverse Communities – A Kaleidoscope of Controversy”, was the best-attended Showcase event of the 2018 Annual Meeting.

At the 2017 ABA Annual meeting, the Commission hosted a panel entitled “Enhancing Justice and Reducing Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession:  Strategies that Work.”