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Diversity & Inclusion Pipeline Programs
Join the Growing List of Pledge Signatories
List Updated December 7, 2015
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
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
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 . See the appendix .
Report of the Fifth Annual National Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms —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.
Practical Steps for Engaging White Men in Diversity and Inclusiveness Efforts —By Kathleen Nalty the executive director of the Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence.
Blogs & Podcasts
Lawyer to Lawyer: Diversity in the Legal Profession from the Legal Talk Network.
American Diversity Report Blog
Leadership is a Verb Blog offers information on leadership, mentoring, and diversity.