Annual Meeting Program
This program is offered in conjunction with the Bar's Annual Meeting
Date: Friday, September 20, 2013
Time: 11 a.m.-Noon
Location: Lansing Center, Lansing
Register: while there is no charge to attend, registration is requested to allow for proper facilities planning.
Building a Diversity and Inclusion Database for the Legal Profession in Michigan
The Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee will be discussing the data collection efforts it has been involved in and the importance of the information for setting a baseline and making assessments about the diversity and inclusion of the legal profession in Michigan. The discussion will focus on recent surveysof various groups in an effort to create a broad review of the landscape of the profession.
Skot Welch will be speaking about the relevance and importance of data collection and assessment to diversity and inclusion efforts, and the learning from diversity data use in other sectors that can be applied to the legal profession. Skot is recognized as a leader in utilizing the principles of global quality standards for the development and implementation of sustainable, systematic and measurable diversity initiatives. He has worked in the area of Diversity Management for nearly 20 years and his sought after in-depth knowledge of organizational diversity management systems development brings together and maximizes the perfect blend of people and process. His client experience represents a wide range of industries.
Caregiver Work Group Report
At the beginning of her term, SBM President Julie Fershtman requested that the Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee (DIAC) look at the impact of care giving responsibilities to those working in the legal profession and the following report was developed by the Caregiver Work Group of the DIAC as a result. View the Report PDF
Diversity & Inclusion Pipeline Programs
Join the Growing List of Pledge Signatories
List Updated February 18, 2014
The State Bar of Michigan actively promotes the importance of diversity and inclusion in the profession. We applaud all who have signed the SBM Pledge to Achieve Diversity and Inclusion and will publicly acknowledge their action.
Former State Bar President Tony Jenkins in a Michigan Bar Journal President's Page quoted an ancient Chinese proverb that says "any journey of a million miles begins with the first step."
Now that we've started the journey, we urge you to join us in this endeavor and to check out who has already signed PDF on by viewing the list of law firms, law schools, bar associations, individuals, and other entities.
Please join us in this very important effort by becoming a signatory to the pledge today!
Reports on Diversity & Inclusion
Demographic Trends in Diversity at Michigan's Law Schools and the State Bar of Michigan—This report focuses on the diversity in Michigan's five law schools. It begins by taking a quick look at diversity in the membership of the State Bar of Michigan. Data available from the SBM shows that the active resident numbers of the SBM who have joined the bar in the last 15 years are significantly more diverse than those who joined in prior years. Similarly, female lawyers comprise a greater percentage of those who have joined the SBM in recent years. See the full report PDF. See the appendix PDF.
Report of the Fifth Annual National Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms PDF—October 2010 from the National Association of Women Lawyers, the only national study that annually tracks the professional progress of women in the nation's 200 largest law firms by providing a comparative view of the careers and compensation of men and women lawyers at all levels of private practice, as well as analyzing data about the factors that influence career progression.
Cadwalader Diversity Report, Fall 2011 PDF—Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP has worked diligently to promote an inclusive work environment and, over the years, has developed many initiatives to fit unique goals and challenges on issues of diversity and inclusion.
Practical Steps for Engaging White Men in Diversity and Inclusiveness Efforts PDF—By Kathleen Nalty the executive director of the Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence.
Blogs & Podcasts
Models & Best Practices
Articles & Links of Interest
The Jury Expert—The American Society or Trial Consultants offers articles on bias as well as gender.
DiversityInc—Diversity and inclusion legal issues.
DiversityCentral.com, with its people-centered design and a structural overhaul, exists as a business center for diversity management, building inclusive organizational cultures, creating high-performing diverse teams, and developing individual competencies for a diverse world—we call it "cultural intelligence." Offers various tools, resources, and publications.
The Level Playing Field Institute—Committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering, and math and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation.
Center for Legal Inclusiveness (formerly Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence)—Dedicated to increasing diversity in the legal profession and actively recruiting, educating, and supporting private and public sector legal organizations in their own individual campaigns to create cultures of inclusion.
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity has, since May 2009, organized a committee structure around four key strategic initiatives: Strategy & Innovation, Development, Partnerships & Teams, and Pipeline.
Experts & Consultants