ABA and Judicial Division Resources
ABA President Paulette Brown (2015-16) led the Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission in its one-year inquiry into how to develop sustainable action plans that would advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, the judicial system and the ABA itself.
The compilation of ABA Opportunities, Programs and Services for Diverse Lawyers
The Judicial Division continues to implement its Diversity Action Plan adopted at the 2012 Annual Meeting. At each Judicial Division Council Meeting and at relevant times throughout the year, the Diversity Plan is discussed to assure the Division is in compliance. At the beginning of each fiscal year, the Division reviews the plan with new leadership for fresh input, conformity and to keep the plan animate.
Produced by the Judicial Division and the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, this manual provides guidance on how courts can increase diversity among federal magistrate and bankruptcy judges. While the federal judiciary overall has become more diverse, magistrate and bankruptcy courts continue to lag behind. Federal judges appoint and re-appoint magistrate and bankruptcy judges, so the judiciary itself can address this problem. This manual focuses on simple changes that can strengthen the applicant pool and the candidates selected for judgeships. Recognizing the already-heavy workload of federal courts, it outlines a set of best practices recommended by an advisory committee of federal circuit court, district court, magistrate, and bankruptcy judges, as well as circuit executives, clerks of court, and other court experts. Hon. Frank J. Bailey, a judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts, wrote the foreword.