Diversity & Inclusion

Join the State Bar of Michigan for networking and to acknowledge the work accomplished over the year in support of achieving greater diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Wrap up the day in a relaxing, up-tempo venue to catch up with friends and meet new ones over appetizers and beverages.

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Cost: Tickets are $10 per person.
Location: Mojos Dueling Piano Bar, 180 Monroe Ave, Grand Rapids

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Blind Spots Seminar
How to Avoid Poor Decisions & Bad Outcomes

Registration is closed.

Date: June 29, 2016
Time: Check in at 7:30 a.m., program 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free, includes lunch
Location: University Club of Grand Rapids, 111 Lyon St. NW, Grand Rapids

Join us in social media interaction for both events #SBMBlindspots




November Program Feedback

Check out President Lori Buteweg’s blog post about the program

Lori’s November Bar Journal Article on Bias

Submit a Pipeline Resource

A data collection tool intended to improve State Bar of Michigan resources by gathering information about programs designed to assist students and others considering the legal profession.
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Diversity & Inclusion Pipeline Programs

Pipeline Programs

Join the Growing List of Pledge Signatories

List Updated, October 2016

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 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


Blogs & Podcasts


Unintentional Bias


Generational Diversity


Equal Access and Diversity & Inclusion Mixer

This event is held in conjunction with the State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting.

Date/Time: September 22, 2016; 11:00 a.m.–Noon
Location: DeVos Place, Grand Rapids
Register as part of the SBM Annual Meeting by selecting this event. There is no charge to attend, but registration is requested.

The Equal Access Committee of the Justice Initiatives and the Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee invites members and others interested in diversity, inclusion, and access issues, to join us for a mixer to look back on the year’s collaborative efforts, accomplishments, and to build synergy for the year going forward. Please join us for mid-day refreshments, great comradery, and an opportunity to build on the past year’s successes. 



Annual Brunch for Bars

Held Sunday April 17, 2016

The State Bar of Michigan Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee and Equal Access Initiative co-hosted the second annual Brunch for Bars the morning after the Wolverine Bar Association’s 54th Annual Barristers Ball. This event offered an opportunity for leaders of local and affinity bar associations to network, share information, and discuss collaboration opportunities.

Special guest, ABA President Paulette Brown, joined us to provide an update on the Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission that was initiated to formulate methods, policy, standards, and practices to best advance diversity and inclusion over the next ten years.

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Unintentional Bias


Assessment Tools


Models & Best Practices


Articles & Links of Interest




Experts & Consultants

  • Basic Diversity training and consulting firm

  • Kimberly Papillion on neuroscience and bias.

  • S.L. Robins & Associates Diversity & Inclusion—Dr. Robbins does not think of himself as a diversity expert but as a student of human behavior and his years of study of human behavior have led him to the conclusion that "diversity work" is really the work of "understanding human behavior in a diversity context."