Invitation to Pledge:
LACBA’s Continued Commitment to Increase Diversity in
the Legal Profession


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LACBA’s Continued Commitment to Increase
Diversity in the Legal Profession

INVITATION TO PLEDGE

The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) seeks to promote greater diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.  Guided by LACBA’s new Diversity in the Profession Section and its first-ever Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach, Philip H. Lam, LACBA invites law firms, businesses, public legal departments, law schools, public service organizations and governmental agencies to join LACBA in its commitment to increase diversity in the legal profession. 

Joining is easy.  Adopt the Statement of Goals and Principles for the Legal Profession with Respect to Recruitment, Retention, and Promotion of Attorneys that are Members of Historically Underrepresented Groups and agree to facilitate three actions from the List of Best Diversity Practices.  (Both attached).  Thereafter, each pledged signatory will be showcased on LACBA’s website and potentially additional means.

Every Pledge Encouraged

Every Contribution Welcome

Everyone Invited

To pledge--or for more information--please email Brian E. Moskal at bmoskal@greenbergglusker.com.

I look forward to your continuing support to achieve a more integrated, diverse and inclusive legal community.

Sincerely,

 

Megan L. Whipp,
Chair, Diversity in the Profession Section



 

LOS ANGELES COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION 
COMMITTEE ON DIVERSITY IN THE PROFESSION


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STATEMENT OF GOALS AND PRINCIPLES FOR 
THE LEGAL PROFESSION WITH RESPECT TO 
RECRUITMENT, RETENTION, AND PROMOTION OF ATTORNEYS THAT 
ARE MEMBERS OF HISTORICALLY UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS 
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I. COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY PRINCIPLES

EACH SIGNATORY HEREBY AFFIRMS THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPLES:

The Los Angeles County Bar Association Committee on Diversity in the Profession (“Association”) and each signatory (“Signatory”) remain committed to fostering diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
Although Los Angeles County is one of the most diverse communities in our nation, many groups continue to be underrepresented in the legal profession (especially in leadership and management positions).  These groups (each, an “Underrepresented Group”) include racial and ethnic minorities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and women.  
It is in the best interests of firms, businesses, and government legal departments in Los Angeles County to implement creative and workable solutions to issues that have an adverse impact on the recruitment, retention, and promotion of attorneys from Underrepresented Groups.
A diverse group of talented legal professionals is critically important to the success of every organization that employs lawyers, including law firms, businesses, government legal departments, law schools, and public service organizations.
Every organization that employs lawyers should prioritize efforts to increase the number of attorneys from Underrepresented Groups at all professional levels (particularly leadership and management positions). 
Periodic renewals of commitments with respect to diversity and inclusion and commitments to participate in efforts to measure progress are critically important to diversifying the legal profession. 

II. COMMITMENT TO FURTHERANCE OF THE STATEMENT OF GOALS

EACH SIGNATORY HEREBY COMMITS TO PERFORMING EACH OF THE FOLLOWING:

Appointment of Diversity Liaison.  Signatories shall cause at least one attorney at its organization to serve as “Diversity Liaison.”  The Diversity Liaison will be responsible for communicating with the Association about (and keep records with respect to) the organization’s efforts to solve issues that have an adverse impact on the recruitment, retention, and promotion of attorneys from Underrepresented Groups.  The Diversity Liaison will be expected to semi-annual updates to the Association regarding such efforts, and shall set-aside time discuss strategic initiatives with the representatives from the Association from time to time.
Furtherance of Diversity Principles and Best Practices.  Signatories shall communicate the importance that their organization places on diversity by circulating this Statement of Goals and Principles, including the Best Practices, throughout their organization.  Signatories shall encourage and empower attorneys to organize and participate in events, activities, and programs that are consistent with the Statement of Goals and Principles.
Commitment to Best Practices.  Signatories shall commit to performing, through thoughtful discussion, implementation, and maintenance, at least three of the items referenced on the list of Best Practices.  To the extent that Signatories are already committed to performing any of their selected Best Practices, Signatories shall further commit to continue performance and to evaluate the effectiveness of such Best Practices.

III. RECOGNITION OF COMMITMENTS
The Association shall recognize all active Signatories on its website and specially recognize all Signatories since 2005 on its website or at an Association event approximately every five years to honor signatories.  The Statement of Goals and Principles and Best Practices will be posted on the Association’s website and will be shared among various organizations that employ attorneys.