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2022-2023 Activate Diversity Series - IV

Activate Diversity - Defining Diversity in 2023

Co-Sponsors: ABA Commission on Disability RightsABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and ResponsibilitiesABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender IdentityOhio State Bar Association 
Held July 18 , 2023
Recording Available Soon

Jocelyn M. Armstrong - Director of Inclusion and Outreach for the Ohio State Bar - joined Jamie Boston - GPSolo Diversity Board Special Advisor - to discuss what diversity is, who it applies to and its relevancy in today's world. Jocelyn also analyzed recent criticism of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, including the U.S. Supreme Court decision to end affirmative action.


Jocelyn M. Armstrong
Director of Inclusion and Outreach
Ohio State Bar Association


Louis "Jamie" Boston, Jr.
Special Advisor, GPSolo Diversity Board

Jocelyn M. Armstrong

Jocelyn M. Armstrong, Esq. is the Director of Inclusion and Outreach at the Ohio Bar Association. She leads programming and integration of inclusion, diversity, and equity in association culture. Jocelyn is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and broader community.

Prior to joining the Ohio Bar, Jocelyn worked as district director for Ohio’s 3rd Congressional District. She was also the Assistant Executive Director and Diversity Coordinator at the Columbus Bar Association. As a volunteer leader, Jocelyn was a member of the African American Law Alumni at Capital University Law School and served as President of the John Mercer Langston Bar Association (2015).

Jocelyn, admitted to the Ohio Bar in 2009, is a native of Toledo, Ohio. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University and a juris doctor from Capital University Law School.

While at Capital, Jocelyn received the Dean’s Scholarship, Class of 2006 Scholarship, and the Dean’s Public Service Award. Jocelyn remains active in the Capital community as a member of the Law Alumni Association Board and is a frequent panelist for prospective and new students. In 2016, Jocelyn received the Alumni Outstanding Service Award.

Jocelyn is as a board member of Bridgeway Academy and an advisory board member for Breaking Bread: Let’s Talk. She is active in her church community including serving as a former member of the New Salem Baptist Church Trustee Board. When she’s not in meetings, Jocelyn enjoys yoga, reading, traveling, and producing the Inscribing Inclusion podcast.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech at Illinois Wesleyan University, 1966

Ohio State Bar Association's Equity Education Series


What if the bar matches the community … and neither is diverse in race and ethnicity?

The Activate Diversity programs do not meet the requirements for continuing legal education (CLE) accreditation. You will not receive CLE credit for participating.

The opinions and views expressed herein are solely those of the presenters and participants and should not be construed to be those of the American Bar Association nor the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division.