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August 22, 2018

New Jersey

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement serves as the staff liaison for the Diversity Committee and New Jersey diverse/affinity bar associations to develop ground-breaking strategies for increasing participation of diverse lawyers with the NJSBA.

Diversity Committee

The NJSBA Diversity Committee works with the entire NJSBA community to support the mission and vision of the NJSBA, and to ensure that diversity, in its many forms, is understood, respected and valued. The NJSBA Diversity Committee will guide efforts to conceptualize, assess, and cultivate diversity as an institutional and educational resource. The NJSBA works to promote equality in the profession and justice system and identifies ways in which the NJSBA can promote diversity in the practice of law. The NJSBA Diversity Committee seeks to collaborate with all sections and committees to ensure the full and equal access to and participation by individuals in the NJSBA, the legal profession and in the justice system regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Standing Committee on Diversity

The Standing Committee promotes participation in bar-related activities by those lawyers and lawyer groups who have not previously participated significantly in such activities, including minorities, women, younger lawyers, government lawyers, in-house counsel, physically-challenged and other similarly situated lawyers or lawyer groups. The Diversity Committee will continue to nurture diversity through: relations with the specialty bar associations and all Association sections and committees; organizing educational and social programming; monitoring and fostering inclusiveness in the continuing activities, programs and projects of the Association and its related organizations, such as the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, and the like.

Elder and Disability Law Section

The Elder and Disability Law Section reviews and comments on issues of special concern to the elderly, their families and caregivers. Disseminates timely information on legal topics vitally important to the elderly.

Individual Rights Section

The Individual Rights Section works to ensure that the legal system operates in a manner which provides maximum possible protection for the civil and constitutional rights of individuals who come into contact with it, and promotes awareness among Association members of how to carry out professional responsibilities in a manner that promotes human rights.

LGBT Rights Section

The LGBT Rights Section addresses issues that are of importance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the legal profession. It advocates for and promotes the civil and human rights of the LGBT community, strives to improve access to justice for LGBT individuals and works to advance professional opportunities for LGBT attorneys and judges.

Women in the Profession Section

The Women in the Profession Section is dedicated to a concern for advancing women's rights issues.