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Wisconsin

Diversity Portal

In 2014, the State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors adopted a comprehensive plan to foster systemic changes that support diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. As part of this plan, the Board adopted this broad and flexible definition of diversity and inclusion: "The term 'diversity' has a dynamic meaning that evolves as the demographics in the state change. It is an inclusive concept that encompasses, among other things, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation and disability. Inclusion helps to create a culture that embraces people from the widest range of talent and experience and promotes understanding and respect for all people and different points of view in the legal profession."

Diversity and Inclusion Oversight Committee

The Diversity and Inclusion Oversight Committee (DIOC) is central to the success of the Bar's commitment to diversity and inclusion. The committee assists, coordinates and facilitates diversity efforts within all entities of the Bar. The committee is also responsible for institutionalizing and implementing the Bar's ultima​te action plan with regard to diversity and inclusion.

Diversity Counsel Program

​The Diversity Counsel Program gives you guidance for making your practice, your firm, and even your community a more welcoming, all-encompassing place. Hear practical, straightforward advice from judges and lawyers as they share their strategies for becoming more diverse and inclusive. 

​Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan

The State Bar of Wisconsin’s overarching goal is to model diversity and inclusion across the organization. This multifaceted approach drives the work of our activities within State Bar leadership, management and staff; internally at the operational level; in our content, communications and programming; and externally in our outreach and community partnerships. This Action Plan was presented and unanimously approved by the Board of Governors, for implementation to begin July 1, 2019.

Local Bar Associations

Association for Women Lawyers

The purposes of the Association for Women Lawyers are: to promote the welfare, interests and professional development of lawyers who are women, to promote the legal interests of women generally, to maintain the honor and integrity of the legal profession, and to advance justice for all individuals​.

Fox Valley Young Lawyers Association

Our mission is to advance the professional and personal development of all young lawyers, to promote and foster a commitment to philanthropic activities in the community, and to encourage active membership within the local Bar Associations. We strive to provide networking opportunities, community service projects, and educational programs to assist local firms in attracting, developing, and retaining new lawyers in the Fox Valley.

Legal Association for Women

Drawing inspiration from suffragette badges of the early-20th century, our mark is meant to evoke solidarity, strength, and equity. The botanical imagery depicted in the badge is of the trillium, a plant native to Wisconsin​.

LGBT Bar Association of Wisconsin

The National LGBTQ+ Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender legal organizations. The LGBTQ+ Bar promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBTQ+ community in all its diversity.​

Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association

Mission includes: to perform charitable and educational activities for the Milwaukee community, to advance the professional education and welfare of young lawyers, to promote fellowship among themselves and the members of the Bar as a whole.

Wisconsin Asian American Bar Association

​​​The Wisconsin Asian American Bar Association (WAABA) is committed to fostering friendships and business relationships among members of the Wisconsin State Bar who are committed to advancing the interests of the Asian American community. We are a source of support for our members and strive to promote diversity, justice, and access to all in the legal system​.​

Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers

Building excellence through conscious and consistent dedication to Wisconsin's African American Legal Professionals​.

Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association

The purposes of the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association shall be to advance the professional development of its members, to advise on issues of interest to the Hispanic community on a local and national level, and to carry on such other purposes as set forth from time to time in its Articles of Incorporation and its By-laws.​

Women Lawyers North

Wisconsin (WLN) is a voluntary, non-profit membership organization whose purpose is to promote the professional and personal development of women lawyers, while upholding the honor and integrity of the legal profession.