Diversity & Inclusion Resources
- October 15, 2021, Difficult Conversation featuring Dr. Avice Reid
- October 7, 2021, How to Succeed in Prioritizing and Sustaining Diversity in Today’s Legal Practice featuring Cornell Kennedy
- June 23, 2021, Book Club Discussion - The New Jim Crow- Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
- February 11, 2021 "Combatting Racial Bias in the Judicial System" CLE Webinar
- 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge
- 10-1-20: Diversity Program: Removing Obstacles - Finding Innovative Solutions to Tackle Bias and Social Injustice Video
- 10-3-19: Diversity Program- Diversity & Inclusion Theory Meets Realty
- 9-25-18: Diversity Program: A Call to Action: From Awareness to Commitment
Action Items – Attorneys
Action Items – Law Students
DICTA Articles: What I Learned about Inclusion and Why It Matters
January 2022: Because I Can't Forget
December 2021: Every Person Matters
November 2021: Learning to Listen: Why Inclusion Matters
October 2021: Words Matter - Join the Conversation
September 2021: The Importance of Visibility to Diversity and Inclusion Efforts
August 2021: I Am Not Ok
June 2021: Being Seen: How Daredevil and Otis Stephens Changed My Life
May 2021: Creating Inclusive Environments
April 2021: Belonging
March 2021: On Being Normal
February 2021: Step Into The Arena (Lest We Miss Out On Each Other)
January 2021: Truly Heard
December 2020: Racial Equality: A Knoxville View
November 2020: Strength in Perspective
October 2020: Journey to a Better Understanding
Resources to understanding race relations in the U.S.
Fostering Diversity Opportunities
1. Develop a mentoring relationship with a diverse attorney (suggestion, define to include attorneys of a different race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity, marital status, veteran status, parental status, socioeconomic status, or other diversity dimension).
2. Mentor a law student of a diverse background.
3. Mentor a diverse high school or college student interested in becoming an attorney.
4. Invite a diverse attorney to KBA programs and events and introduce him or her
to your colleagues.
5. Speak with a diverse attorney about the benefits of KBA membership.
6. Add diversity-related topics to your KBA Section/Committee meeting agenda.
7. Recommend a diverse attorney to speak on a KBA CLE panel.
8. Encourage a diverse attorney to run for elected office.
9. Attend a function hosted by an affinity bar association.
10. Learn about the impact of subtle, unconscious and implicit bias by visiting Project Implicit at http://www.projectimplicit.net/index.html and take one of the surveys.
11. Read an article or attend a CLE about how generational differences may impact communication styles, motivation for success, and work values.
12. Recommend a diverse attorney to sit on a not-for-profit board.
13. Consider the overall diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, and personalities when pulling together a team or working on a project.
Best Practices and Measures of Success
- Hiring Guide
- Best Practices in Achieving Workforce Diversity in Government
- NALP Diversity Best Practice Guide
- Next Steps in Understanding and Increasing Diversity & Inclusion in Large Law Firms
- Fostering Diversity in Public Service
- Effectively Managing Employees to Get Results in a Diverse Workplace such as American Express
- How to Measure the Return on Investment of Training Initiatives by Edward Hubbard
- Measuring the Value and Impact of Workforce Diversity by Edward Hubbard
- Beyond Diversity - Inclusiveness in the Legal Profession
- Diversity Metrics
- Proven Strategies for Addressing Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
- Unleashing the Power of Diversity through Inclusive Leadership
- Reinventing the Job Interview - An episode from the podcast “Work Life” by organizational psychologist Adam Grant. This episode is about reinventing the traditional interview, and many of these concepts can be applied to legal recruiting, specifically with diverse candidates.
- 2021 Racial Equity in Public Policy Message Guide
Articles, Initiatives, Charts, Studies, and Surveys on Diversity
- Written in Black & White: Exploring Confirmation Bias in Racialized Perceptions of Writing Skills
- Association of Legal Administrators Diversity Toolkit
- 14 Ways to Discuss Diversity in Your Law Firm
- 10 Ways to Combat Diversity Fatigue
- National Associate of Women Lawyers Annual Surveys on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms
- Leading New York Law Firms Lag in Including Women and Minorities
- Coca-Cola Pushes for Diversity
- Diversity Gap A Growing Threat To BigLaw Bottom Lines
- Why Diversity Matters Report by McKinsey & Company
- Law is the least diverse profession in the nation, and lawyers aren’t doing enough to change that, by The Washington Post
- Storm on the Horizon: Implications of the Growing Diversity Disparity Between Corporate America and their Law Firms
- Lessons Learned by Mark Roellig
- How to Be a Better White Person in 2020
- Being Poor
- Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is
- Women lawyers of color share challenges of surviving in legal profession
- LEFT OUT and LEFT BEHIND: The Hurdles, Hassles, and Heartaches of Achieving Long-Term Legal Careers for Women of Color
- ABA Law Firm Diversity Report - 2-19-21
- Federal Public Defender's Office Diversity Self-Assessment Scorecard for Calendar Year 2021
- Diversity Best Practices Proposal - Federal Public Defender's Office
Trial Work & Bias
- Subtle Contextual Influences on Racial Bias in the Courtroom
- Trial Teams and the Power of Diversity
- Jurors' Perceptions of Trial Team Diversity
- Your Unconscious Bias Trainings Keep Failing Because You’re Not Addressing Systemic Bias
- https://youtu.be/AGUwcs9qJXY - It explains how various laws, funding, and criminal justice policies resulted in poor black households, which results in generational issues.