YLD launches Men of Color Project to build new leaders in law

Diversity in the law remains an ongoing challenge. For example, despite being the largest minority group in the United States, Hispanics are seriously underrepresented at law firms. Representation among African-Americans, Alaska Native/American Indian and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders is also grim.

To help address this inequity among men of color and transform the legal profession, the ABA Young Lawyers Division has launched its Men of Color Project (MoCP). The initiative aims “to build leaders in the law field, facilitate intergenerational support and encourage community service and civic engagement amongst men of color in the legal profession.”

The MoCP is targeting law students and young lawyers to provide them with the mentorship, guidance to sponsorship and community support they need to grow and prosper in their legal careers.

The ABA has several programs that promote women and particularly women of color in the profession. This is the first one for men of color.

The project’s website includes a Made to Thrive Toolkit, which offers resources and exercises within three pillars:

  • Vision Development & Execution: These tools and resources focus on how to pay for student loans while also saving for retirement, practicing with civility and incorporating a grit and growth mindset into your practice.
  • Sponsorship & Mentoring: This section explores reverse mentorship and the secrets of superstar associates.
  • Mental Health & Wellness: This pillar includes self-assessments for anxiety and depression, as well as Fit2Practice resources.

Among the events planned is a Men of Color Summit on May 4, 2019, at Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., that will bring together leaders in the legal profession, law students and young lawyers for networking and connecting on issues of importance.

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