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Join the Growing List of Pledge Signatories

List Updated August 27, 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 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.

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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.

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Assessment Tools

Combating "Diversity Fatigue"—Informative article on diversity fatigue, a form of mental exhaustion brought on by constant attention to create or increase diversity in the workplace.

Training Assessment Methods on Cultural Diversity from the Huston Chronicle.

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Models & Best Practices

Diversity Training Resources from the small business section of the Houston Chronicle.

Best Practices Standards for the Recruitment, Retention, Development, and Advancement of Racial/Ethnic Minority Attorneys—Committee on Minorities in the Profession, New York State Bar Association.

Proven Strategies for Addressing Unconscious Bias in the Workplace from Cook Ross a nationally recognized, woman-owned consulting firm founded in 1989. Includes best practices and case studies.

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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.

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Organizations

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.

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Experts & Consultants

Kimberly Papillion on neuroscience and bias.

S.L. Robins & Associates Diversity and 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."

Diversity Best Practices—Offers resources, news, and models, as well as consulting.

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