Mission

Our focus is the substantive law concerning human diversity. Including racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, and ability / disability, in local government operations, programs, and services. We consider issues related to civil rights, inclusivity, community outreach, immigration, and affirmative action, among others.

Visit S&L Gov Connect - Diversity Law Community

ABA study finds prevalent reports of discrimination faced by disabled, LGBTQ+ lawyers

Lawyers who either identify as having disabilities or who identify as LGBTQ+ report experiencing both subtle and overt forms of discrimination at their workplaces, with common reports of subtle but unintentional biases. The findings come from a new national study released today by the American Bar Association, in collaboration with the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University

2019 Spring Meeting Highlights

Challenges of structural racism in our society, defending civil liberties and human rights were topics tackled by our keynote speakers. Highlights from our Baltimore meeting can be found below:

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD)

Our Continuing Struggle for Rights that Others Must Respect presented at the 2019 Spring Meeting at the Friday, April 12 luncheon.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby

Defending civil liberties and human rights across the United States are challenges facing today's lawyers presented at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture dinner on Friday, April 12 .

2019 Midyear Meeting Highlights

Socioeconomic bias and state attorneys general challenges with the Trump administration attracted several participants. In case you missed them in Las Vegas - or even if you attended - highlights can be found below:

Join the Section of State & Local Government Law

Tap into the knowledge of your urban, state, and local government colleagues from across the country.