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Join us for the Celebrating Diversity Reception

Also, join us for the Forum on Legal Matters in Middle Eastern Communities at the NEXT Conference on Friday, September 29 at 10:00 am. The Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee and Equal Access Initiatives program will focus on legal matters impacting Middle Eastern communities in Michigan. The timely program will engage a broad audience to discuss current issues pertinent to members of the Bar and the public. Find more information and registration at the NEXT Conference.

Program Information


Blind Spots Seminar
How to Avoid Poor Decisions & Bad Outcomes

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

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Diversity & Inclusion Pipeline Programs

Pipeline Programs

Join the Growing List of Pledge Signatories

List Updated, August 2017

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



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."