Diversity and Inclusion

The ABA YLD promotes full and equal participation in the Division for a membership inclusive of lawyers of varying gender, national origin, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation and gender identity, and of lawyers with disabilities. We recognize that our strength and success is due, in large part, to the diversity that our membership and leadership brings and we are continually recognized as the most diverse entity within the ABA.


We are committed to continuing to increase the diversity of our membership, expanding the diversity of our leadership and to assuring that the legal profession reflects the society it serves.  This commitment is outlined in the Division’s Diversity Plan and carried out via Division events, programs and resources.

If you have any comments or questions about the Division’s diversity efforts please don’t hesitate to contact:

Contact Us

Diversity Director

Michael Luong Nguyen, CA

Diversity Vice-Directors
Tomas J. Garcia, NM
James Roberts, AL
Colleen Lamarre, CA
Brandon Wolff, NY

Renee Lugo, Chicago, IL


YLD Scholarship Program
Provides partial conference funding and an opportunity to become more involved in the division for Minority, Solo/Small Firm, Government, Private Sector, and Military Service Attorneys. The deadline is April 1st of each year.

The Next Steps Diversity Challenge
Aims to increase diversity in the pipeline to the legal profession. Through the program, young lawyer organizations are encouraged to share information about existing projects and develop new programs for increasing diversity in the pipeline. Top programs will be showcased annually at the YLD Spring Conference where a subgrants are awarded to the nation’s top programs or projects.

They Had a Dream Too
Curriculum-based project for educators and high school students of color.

Choose Law: A Profession for All
Curriculum-based project for educators and high school students of color.


2015 - 2016 Diversity Plan (PDF)
2016 Diversity Dialogue White Paper (PDF)
Developing The Next Generation of Diverse Legal Leadership Brochure (PDF)
Diversity in Education Pipeline (PPT)
Diversity Programming (PDF)
Pipeline Diversity Directory
The Education Pipeline to the Legal Profession – A Primer and Guide (PDF)
2013 Diversity Dialogue White Papers (PDF)Diversity in the Legal Profession: Next Steps Challenge (PDF)
Diverse Speaker Database

National Affiliate Reps

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Embracing Diversity Challenge

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