Blind Spots Seminar
How to Avoid Poor Decisions & Bad Outcomes

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November Program Feedback

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

Lori’s November Bar Journal Article on Bias

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Diversity & Inclusion Pipeline Programs

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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




Annual Brunch for Bars

April 9, 2017

The Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee and the Equal Access Initiative of Justice Initiatives formally invites you to join us April 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the Fort Shelby DoubleTree in Detroit for our third annual Brunch for Bars.

Progress on improving inclusivity in the legal profession requires that we develop and maintain effective communications skills that recognize difference and invite disagreement as a starting point for productive discussion. With this truth in mind, we have invited Saeed Khan, an expert in Middle and Near East history and politics who lectures at Wayne State University, and Howard Lupovitch, director of the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University, to share their perspectives on the rise of xenophobia. They have lectured together on the subject and have also appeared recently on the Detroit Public Radio program "Detroit Today" with Stephen Henderson.

Please join us for this important discussion on finding common ground and respectfully agreeing to disagree. RSVP now if you have not done so already.

Please feel free to contact with any questions. More Information


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."