Goal IX - Volume 6, Number 2, Spring 2000

Many of the ABA Sections, Divisions, Forums, and departments have implemented diversity programs, committees, plans, and other initiatives. Here are some of the recent diversity initiatives around the ABA.

ABA President’s Office: On April 5, 2000, ABA President William G. Paul testified before a U.S. House sub-committee to urge Congress to fully fund the Thurgood Marshall Legal Educational Opportunity Program, a program that encourages qualified low-income, minority and disadvantaged students to pursue and complete a legal education. The Marshall program would be administered by the Council on Legal Educational Opportunity (CLEO), a non-profit project of the ABA’s Fund for Justice Education.

Antitrust Section: Plans are well underway for the Section’s new Racial and Ethnic Minority Externship program. This 8-week summer program provides minority law students with the opportunity to work on legal research and writing projects for judges in Chicago. Participating judges are from the United States District Court for Northern Illinois. Contact the Antitrust Section: (312) 988-5609; fax (312) 988-5637; e-mail; or Website:

Environmental, Energy, and Resources Law Section: The Section has launched its Minority Law Student Fellowship Grants program. It will provide grants up to $5,000 to selected bar associations throughout the country that commit to establishing a minority law student fellowship program in environmental, energy, and/or natural resources. Contact the Section: (312) 988-6344; Website:

Senior Lawyers Division: At its February 2000 Council meeting, the Senior Lawyers Division added a diversity goal to its mission statement. Designated as Goal 12, it reads: "To increase the participation of minorities and women in the membership, on the committees and in the leadership of the Division." Contact the Senior Lawyers Division: (312) 988-5817; fax (312) 988-5711; e-mail

Law Student Division: Diversity is the theme of the April 2000 issue of Student Lawyer. To order the issue, call the ABA Service Center at 1-800-285-2221.

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Goal IX - Spring 2000

Judicial Selection

Celebrating Diversity

More Than Words

ABA Leaders Speak on Diversity

Midyear Meeting 2000

ABA Diversity Initiatives

Commission's Annual Meeting Schedule