National Diversity Conferences
Films for Programming Diversity and Inclusiveness in Individual Organizations
Recommended Films or Discussion Groups:
- Color of Fear - (Insightful film about the state of race relations in America as seen through the eyes of eight North American men of Asian, European, Latino and African descent.)
- Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible - (Features experiences of white women/men who have worked to gain insight into what it means to challenge notions of racism and white supremacy in the United States).
- Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North - (Filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and 9 cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain a powerful new perspective on the black/white divide).
- Incident at Oglala- (Michael Apted examines the legality of the case against Native-American activist Leonard Peltier who was convicted of murder).
- Daddy and Papa - (Documentary explores the growing phenomenon of gay fathers and their impact on American culture through the stories of four families).
- Two Towns of Jasper - (Documentary about the racially motivated murder of James Byrd, Jr. in Jasper, TX in 1998. Film records the divergent experiences of black and white Jasper residents during the three trials of the local men charged with chaining Mr. Byrd to the back of a truck and dragging him to his death).
- What's Race Got to do With It? - (Social disparities and student success documentary considers social disparities and their impact on student success in today's post-civil rights world).
- Meeting David Wilson - (Tracks the journey of an African-American man (David A. Wilson) to North Carolina to meet a descendant (David B. Wilson) of the white Southern Family that owned his ancestors during the slavery era).
- Race-The Power of an Illusion - (Three-hour series by CA Newsreel that questions the very idea of race as biology, suggesting that a belief in race is no more sound than believing that the sun revolves around the earth. Yet, race still matters).
Books on Diversity and Inclusiveness Programming for Individual Organizations
A. Recommended Reading for Discussion Groups:
- Reeves, Arin N. Next IQ: The Next Level of Intelligence for 21st Century Leaders
- Turner, Caroline. Difference Works: Improving Retention, Productivity and Profitability through Inclusion.
- Myers, Verna. Moving Diversity Forward: How to Go from Well-Meaning to Well-Doing
- Wise, Tim. White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son
- Thompson, Cooper, et al. White Men Challenging Racism: 35 Personal Stories
- Robinson, Randall. Quitting America: The Departure of a Black Man from his Native Land
- Dyson, Michael Eric. Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster
- Singley, Bernestine. When Race Becomes Real: Black and White Writers Confront their Personal Histories
- Tatum, Beverly Daniel. Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
- Williams, Lena. It's the Little Things: Everyday Interactions that Anger, Annoy, and Divide the Races
- Kendall, Francie. Understanding White Privilege
- Kozol, Jonathan. Amazing Grace
- Rubio, Phil. A History of Affirmative Action: 1619-2000
- Wise, Tim. Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White
- Cole, David. No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Justice System
- Reiman, Jeffrey. And the Poor Get Prison: Economic Bias in American Criminal Justice
- Loden, Marilyn. Implementing Diversity
- McBride, James. The Color of Water
- West, Cornel. Race Matters
- Wise, Tim. Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections from an Angry White Male
- Tepagnier, Barbara. Silent Racism: How Well-Meaning White People Perpetuate the Racial Divide
- Zia, Helen. Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People
- Graham, Laurence Otis. Member of the Club
- Graham, Laurence Otis. Our Kind of People
- Cose, Ellis. The Rage of a Privileged Class (Why do Prosperous Blacks Still Have the Blues)
- Carter, Stephen (Yale Law Professor). Reflections of An Affirmative Action Baby
B. Recommended Reading for Structural Changes:
- Robertson, Mark & Calloway, James. Winning Alternatives to the Billable Hour: Strategies that Work.
Resources on the Business Case for Diversity and Inclusiveness
CLI's article "Diversity Really Does Matter," provides compelling answers to why diversity matters in the practice and business of law. Learn about cutting-edge theory and recent research studies, such as Dr. Reeves' new framework for increasing intelligence and excellent client service, as well as new research findings about gender and racial/ethnic diversity. The article was published in the NALP Bulletin, September 2012 issue, on behalf of the NALP Diversity Section.
Corporate Legal Officers' "Call to Action" - In 2004, Rick Palmore, then General Counsel for Sara Lee Corporation, drafted the "Call to Action" document, urging corporate General Counsel to take a stand for diversity in the legal profession within their own legal departments and the law firms with whom they work. In 2005, a new call to action was created to move law departments and firms beyond words of commitment to committed action with measurable results. In 2009, Rick Palmore formed the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity to bring together the leaders of law firms and corporate legal departments to address diversity in the legal profession.
- "Driving Diversity in Large Law Firms" by W. Randy Eaddy
- "Leadership Buy-in and a Business Case-The Building Blocks for Diversity in Big Firms" by Gerald Pauling II and Angel G. Gomez (Seyfarth Shaw LLC)
- "Microsoft modifies its revenue structure for its top law firms in an effort to accelerate the pace of diversity efforts" by Melanie Lasoff Levs
- "White Men & Diversity: A Closer Look - The Call to Action" by Dennis Broderick and Stephen Pickett
- Wingspread (Preschool-20 Leadership Pipeline): Named for the Johnson Foundation Conference facilities in Racine, WI, this series of meetings involves P-20 educators, the bench, the bar and all groups committed to working across the educational continuum to ensure the success of diverse students in high school and college. The group's goal is to enhance these student's aspirations and capacity to move into positions in the legal profession and in the leadership of the nation. To join listserv, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO): A nonprofit project of the ABA's Fund for Justice and Education. Program expands opportunities for underrepresented groups in the legal profession through LSAT preparation and a six-week prelaw summer institute taught by law professors.
- The Pipeline Diversity Directory (Project of ABA Presidential Advisory Council on diversity in the Profession and the Law School Admission Council) - Directory is a searchable database of programs that encourage and prepare minority students for legal careers.
- Legal Outreach, Inc. College to Law School Pipeline Diversity Initiative
- National Bar Association Pipeline Programs
- Street Law, Inc.
- INROADS : Provides leadership development training for diverse students and places those students in internships at top corporations, firms and organizations.
- Diversity Pipeline Alliance: Network of national organizations that seek to prepare students and professionals of color for leadership roles in the workforce.
National Specialty Bar Associations
- National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
- National Bar Association
- Hispanic National Bar Association
- National Native American Bar Association
- National Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Bar Association
- National Association of Women Lawyers
- Corporate Counsel Women of Color
Resources on Recruitment and Retention
- Find useful reports/materials prepared by ABA's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, e.g. "Miles to Go: Progress of Minorities in the Legal Profession" (study)
- "American Bar Association Resource Guide: Programs to Advance Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Legal Profession" Chicago, IL: American Bar Association, 2000.
- General diversity resource list
- Diversity Best Practices Guide
- Listing of Diversity Initiatives
- Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining LGBT Lawyers
- "The Lawyer's Guide to Mentoring" National Association of Law Placement -- Ida O. Abbott
- "A Set of Recommended Practices for Law Firms" (Blue Book) Creating Pathways to Diversity: A Set of Recommended Practices For Law Firms
- Creating Pathways to Diversity: A Study of Law Department Best Practices
- "Mentoring Across Differences: A Guide to Cross-Gender and Cross-Race Mentoring" (Yellow Book)
- "Beyond Recruitment: Achieving a More Diverse Partnership" DIVERSITY & THE BAR (July/Aug. 2006)
- Vault/MCCA Guide to Law Firm Diversity (published annually)-Provides information on the number of women, minorities and LGBT attorneys at each level, in addition to law firm diversity efforts
Project for Attorney Retention (PAR) Conducts research and compiles best retention practices for law firms/other legal employers-addressing work/life balance, part-time law practice, women in the legal profession, etc.
- "The Business Case for a Balanced Hours Program for Attorneys"
- "Reduced Hours, Full Success: Part-time Partners in U.S. Law Firms"
- "Best Practices"
- "Start Your Own Strategic Diversity Initiative" (Diversity Training University International)
- "Learning from Your Mentor"
Lists of Diversity Best Practices
- CLI Recruiting Working Group Best Practices (The CLI Recruiting Working Group developed a list of factors a legal organization would use to recruit more diverse candidates)
- NALP Diversity Best Practices Guide
- "Creating Pathways to Diversity" (MCCA)
- "Diversity and Gender Equity in the Legal Profession: Best Practices Guide" (Minnesota State Bar Association)
- "Best Practices Standards for the Recruitment, Retention, Development, and Advancement of Racial/Ethnic Minority Attorneys" (New York City Bar's Minorities in the Profession Committee)
- "Creating Pathways to Success for All: Advancing and Retaining Women of Color in Law Firms" (Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia)
Resources on the Experiences of Diverse Attorneys in the Practice of the Law
Diverse attorneys experience the practice of law very differently than their majority counterparts, according to several major research studies conducted since 2006. To understand the root causes of staggeringly high attrition rates among diverse attorneys, especially in private practice, the results of these research studies must be understood and the issues addressed in legal organizations through the development of cultures of inclusion.
- MCCA - "Sustaining Pathways to Diversity: The Next Steps in Understanding and Increasing Diversity and Inclusion in Large Law Firms" (2009)
- ABA - "Visible Invisibility: Women of Color in Law Firms" (2006)
- ABA - "From Visible Invisibility to Visibly Successful" (2009)
- Catalyst - Women of Color in U.S. Law Firms" (2009)
- Hispanic National Bar Association's - "Few and Far Between: The Reality of Latina Lawyers" (2009)
- NALP - "After the JD Study" (2000-2010) - monographs
- Colorado Pledge to Diversity Legal Group - "Diversity in Colorado's Legal Profession" (2007)
"Beyond Diversity: Inclusiveness in the Legal Workplace" Resources: CLI's toolkit for creating the manual and program
CLI's Inclusiveness Manual - Beyond Diversity: Inclusiveness in the Legal Workplace - gives legal organizations the tools to create inclusive workplaces. Through its innovative inclusiveness program, CLI is helping the legal community address their long-term diversity goals.
Learn more about this one-of-a-kind resource - the Inclusiveness Manual.
Learn more about CLI and its other inclusiveness initiatives.
Resources for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence
Diversity: The extent to which a legal organization has people from diverse backgrounds and communities working as attorneys and staff. Organizations that focus on diversity devote most of their resources to recruiting.
Inclusive organizations are not merely diverse in composition; importantly, they are learning-centered organizations that value the perspectives and contributions of all people, and strive to incorporate the needs and viewpoints of diverse communities into all aspects of the organization. Inclusive organizations are, by definition, diverse at all levels.
Inclusive Excellence*: Inclusive Excellence moves the legal profession away from a simplistic definition of diversity to a more inclusive, comprehensive and omnipresent notion of diversity that has the following features:
- Shifts the responsibility for diversity to every person in the institution as opposed to one person or department shouldering the entire responsibility of diversity. Thus, inclusive excellence becomes the domain of everyone - leadership, attorneys, and staff.
- Shifts the organization away from conceptualizing diversity as a numerical representation (numbers only) of diverse attorneys and staff, to transforming the organization into a vibrant community that embeds diversity throughout the institution in multiple areas including (but not limited to): demographics (numbers), policies, financial resources, leadership, hiring, professional development, marketing, technology, communications, administration, recruitment/hiring/promotion, assessment/evaluation, institutional advancement/promotion and compensation.
- Employs a broad and inclusive definition of diversity that includes disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, disability, religion, nationality, age and other important historically underrepresented groups that are part of the legal community.
* The concept of "Inclusive Excellence" was first developed by the American Association of Colleges & Universities as a guiding vision for the higher education communityand advances "Making Excellence Inclusive" to achieve that vision. Visit the AAC&U website for more information.
National Organizations/Clearinghouses Addressing Diversity
- Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)
- American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity
- National Association of Law Placement (NALP)
- Vault.com/legal diversity (also see "Vault/MCCA Guide to Law Firm Diversity Programs" and "Vault/INROADS Guide to Diversity Programs")
- The Multicultural Advantage (articles, job opportunities, event listings, research for professionals from diverse backgrounds. Site also addresses needs of diversity recruiting and diversity management professionals)
- "White Men as Full Diversity Partners"
- Flex-Time Lawyers, LLC
- Multicultural Law Magazine
- LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell Law Firm Diversity Profiles