Over the last year the Commission has been engaged in strategic planning. Elsewhere in this issue the updated mission, organizational values and priorities will be presented. I won't go into details of the new strategic plan here, but I want to acknowledge the hard work of the Commission and the importance of the process for the Commission. I believe that strategic planning is a process by which those doing the work determine collectively where they are headed. Once the common decisions are made, it is much easier to be energized and engaged in the work since you've helped determine the destination. I am very grateful for the engagement of commissioners and liaisons! I am also grateful that this work has been guided by terrific partners in the Division for Bar Services. My thanks to Jennifer Lewin for her skill and expertise in this area and helping us take this journey to find ways to reach the goal of increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession.
As another calendar year comes to a close, we are preparing for our next report on the data from the Model Diversity Survey. This report will cover the first year of the pandemic, so we are anxious to see what the data tells us about changes within private practice firms during the pandemic. We are also preparing the actual survey for the next calendar year of data collection. Minor changes to the survey are being made to update the racial and ethnic categories and to abandon the use of the term "minorities."