May 01, 2016

A Blueprint for Promoting Diversity in the Law

By ABA President Paulette Brown

All of us came into the law to be agents for change: to do good, to right wrongs, to better society, and to bring justice to all. My hero, Charles Hamilton Houston, one of the legal giants of the first half of the twentieth century, said that a lawyer is “a social engineer.”

His charge to be a social engineer is the primary reason why one of my top priorities as president of the American Bar Association (ABA) is to find ways to enhance justice by working to eliminate bias and to promote full and equal participation in the legal profession and the justice system.

Diversity and inclusion are part of the bedrock that underpins the ABA. Eliminating bias and enhancing diversity and inclusion is Goal III, one of the four key goals of the ABA.

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