Moving Diversity Forward

Vol. 43 No. 1


Lelia Mooney is the SIL Diversity Officer, co-chair of the SIL UN and International Organizations Committee, and vice chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. She is the editor of Promoting the Rule of Law: A Practitioner’s Guide to Key Issues and Developments and a director at Partners for Democratic Change in Washington, D.C.

In this introductory column, I want to give a brief overview of the activities and initiatives we are working on within the Section and the Diversity Committee and to describe how it all works in practice and how division and committee leaders can get involved. Lastly, I will briefly provide an update on a recent policy development at the international level on the advancement of the rights of peoples with disabilities.

As SIL’s diversity officer, I work very closely with the Section leadership, divisions, and committees to advance the conversation about, and practice of, diversity and inclusion throughout our Section and to develop strategic partnerships with other Goal III ABA entities and outside groups and diverse bar associations. This role also involves being the chair of the SIL’s Diversity Committee and liaising with other entities.

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