YLD Diversity Events

The How and Why of Diversity and Inclusion: Moving from the Pitch to the Program - A Training for YLD Affiliates

Learn the importance of diversity and inclusion in your young lawyer organization and how to implement a sound diversity & inclusion program from start to finish and effectuate top-down change.

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2020-2021 EMBRACING Diversity Challenge

The EMBRACING Diversity Challenge aims to increase diversity in the pipeline to the legal profession. Through the EMBRACING Diversity Challenge, young lawyer organizations are encouraged to share information about existing projects and develop new programs for increasing diversity in the pipeline. Proposal deadline is March 31, 2021.

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Bias Elimination: Overcoming Resiliency Fatigue and Channeling Ally Empathy

Racism and systemic injustices, including historical trauma, experienced by persons of color have negative and long-lasting impacts on the mental health and wellbeing of our colleagues & the communities we serve as legal professionals. Join us in this August 26 CLE webinar to explore these impacts, explain the psychological idea of "resiliency fatigue," and learn on how we can support and promote resiliency.

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News From After the Bar

Seizing the Opportunity to Advance Justice

In response to tragedies, including the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, and Breonna Taylor, Americans have experienced unprecedented civil unrest. These events lay bare the nation’s shortcomings, while the response reminds us of the promise of a better America.

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D&I CLE Webinars

How to Navigate a Profession That Does Not Look like You

Get strategies and tips on how to navigate the legal profession as a minority in the profession. The panelists will also discuss the natural consequences that our presence in the profession has on the minority community and the steps necessary to help ensure that the minority population is better represented in the legal profession.

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Liberty and Justice… for All? Confronting Systemic Racism

Robert Grey and Lonita Baker evaluate the state of our society, evaluate how we arrived at this current inflection point, and address the impact of both these tragedies and broader systemic racism on communities of color.

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A Cultural Competency Primer for the Young Lawyer

Get a brief overview of what cultural competency is, what implicit bias is, how it impacts the legal profession, and tips that you can begin implementing immediately to start working towards becoming culturally competent.

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Walk the Talk: Moving the Diversity and Inclusion Needle Forward

The legal profession is under pressure to recruit, retain, and promote women and diverse attorneys. To drive greater progress, five Big Law firms, twenty-five general counsels, and community leaders will work with the Move the Needle Fund to model learning and transformative change in the legal profession. A panel of leaders discusses why this is important and what the keys to its success will be.

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Be culturally competent towards LGBTQ clients & colleagues

LGBTQ cultural competency includes developing skills to address LGBTQ-specific client issues and utilizing strategies to appropriately tackle LGBTQ discrimination, oppression, bias indifference in the workplace.

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The Men of Color Project

Holistic Well-being Strategies and Destigmatizing Asking for Help

Join Jonathan Bogues, LaKeisha Randall, and R. Gary Spencer, to learn techniques for improving your well-being and overcoming impostor syndrome, including ways to minimize the impact of your inner critic, enhance your own success, and transform the narrative around seeking assistance. Presented by The ABA YLD Men of Color Project, Next Gen Leadership: Advancing Lawyers of Color, and Thomson Reuters.

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D&I Initiatives


The YLD Scholars Program is designed to encourage the participation of minority, solo/small firm, government, private sector, and military service attorneys in the Young Lawyers Division.

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What Do Lawyers Do?

WDLD? is an interactive web-based is designed to educate undergraduate students about how to become a lawyer. The project focuses on preparation for law school, the law school experience, and different career paths for law school graduates.

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EMBRACING Diversity Challenge

Sponsored by the ABA Young Lawyers Division, the EMBRACING Diversity Challenge recognizes and awards top young lawyer organization programs that increase diversity in the legal profession.

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Men of Color Project

A resource for men of color during law school and in the pivotal first years of practice.

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A Seat at the Table

An initiative of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division that seeks to develop the next generation of dynamic and innovative leaders for our communities.

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No Limits

The YLD wants to create a national dialogue among young lawyers, to discuss the challenges women attorneys face, share strategies, and find solutions. No Limits offers programming and access to national resources to assist young women attorneys as they navigate their careers.

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D&I Resources

More information on Diversity and Inclusion from the ABA, our diversity plan, and other articles on the topic.

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