Diversity and Inclusion


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The Ohio State Bar Association is fully committed to the enhancement of diversity in the Association, the profession and in the justice system, and affirms its commitment toward a diverse and inclusive environment with equal access and equal opportunity.

OSBA Policy on Diversity and Inclusion in the Profession and the Justice System.

Ohio Resources​

​As part of this commitment, the OSBA has assembled several resources to help you and your clients, including:


Legal tech has a diversity problem, new report says

New research confirms what many had suspected: women and minority founders are underrepresented in legal technology.​​​​

Political barriers still daunting for Ohio women

Some are calling 2018 the year of the woman in politics because there are so many women on ballots across the country, including a record number running for Congress. But how many barriers women will break in Ohio this year is not entirely clear.​​​

The conversation before the diversity conversation​

A new study shows that diverse boards reap benefits for nonprofits. It also shows that success is built on first paying close attention to making the entire board passionate and engaged.​​

Conference explores diversity hang-ups and how to move forward

Clients are leading the change for diversity in large law firms.​​

Creating a diverse law firm takes the right outlook and right moves

The lack of diversity in the legal profession has been a hot-button topic for decades now and the industry has recently seen small gains.​

Neither gay nor straight workers can claim sex-orientation discrimination, federal judge rules

Since courts have found that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not prevent employers from firing LGBT employees based on sexual orientation, heterosexual workers also have no “reverse discrimination” protection under the law, a Louisiana federal magistrate found.

New D​ean Will Be Only Woman Of Color To Lead Top 30 Law School

L. Song Richardson is a graduate of Yale Law School, and she’s taught courses in criminal procedure, criminal law, and law and social science at Irvine Law since 2014.​​

Supreme Court law clerks are still mostly white men; which justices had the most diverse clerks?

​U.S. Supreme Court law clerks in the last dozen years are mostly white men, a number that highlights “near-glacial progress” since the first demographic study of clerks in 1998, according to research by a legal publication.​​

Survey chronicles female lawyers' exodus from equity partnership, belief they can't have it all

​Law firms are taking steps to improve gender equality, but it’s not translating to a better gender balance past the associate level, according to a new study.​

New Research: Diversity + Inclusion = Better Decision Making At Work

​Companies can capitalize on the diversity they already have by including more diverse employees in business decisions at all levels.

​Identifying and removing barriers: The OSBA commits to diversity and inclusion

Just last year, The Washington Post​ reported that the law is the least diverse profession in the nation. Meanwhile, studies show that diversity in the workplace disrupts conformity, and prompts people to think more deeply about problems and to avoid miscalculations. That is why earlier this year, leaders from the legal community gathered to ask: “What are we going to do about it?”​

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ABA committee weighs adding gender identity, ethnicity to law school accreditation diversity rules

Proposed revisions to add gender identity and ethnicity to existing rules regarding diversity, nondiscrimination and equal opportunity are being considered by the Standards Review Committee of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar at its July 15 meeting in Chicago.

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Yale appeals decision forbidding designation of more gender-neutral bathrooms in law building

Yale Law School wants to make its single-user restrooms gender-neutral. But to meet Connecticut building code, it must have a certain number of bathrooms designated and assigned by sex.


Diversity and U.S. legal history: Lectures and panels focus on the history of law’s treatment of identity groups

A group of leading scholars came together at Harvard University for the lecture series, “Diversity and U.S. Legal History.”

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Prevailing authorities and resources for bar leaders

Information and resources that explore many topics, including salary disparity, implicit bias and model policies.

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Reference Guide on Race and Its Impact on the Practice of Law

Information and resources that explore how racism can influence decision-making in the legal profession, the judicial system and  executive actions.


​​​Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations Final Report

The Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations was formed by Governor John Kasich on Dec. 12, 2014, to address the fractured relationships that exist between some communities and the police dedicated to serving them.​​


Your Rights If Questioned, Stopped or Arrested by the Police

The public's rights and responsibilities in dealing with law enforcement.


Police Use of Deadly Force: What You Need to Know

Answers to common questions about police procedure and conduct.​


Diversity and Inclusion Strategies That Work

A process for integrating, engaging, and leveraging diverse talent to optimize business goals from Kathleen Nalty Consulting, LLC.​​​


Racial Fairness Implementation Task Force Action Plan

2002 implementation of the 1999 recommendations of the Ohio Commission on Racial Fairness.


Grand Jury Task Force Releases Final Report

The Task Force to Examine Improvements to the Ohio Grand Jury System issued its final report and recommendations ​​to the Ohio Supreme Court. Convened by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, the task force’s recommendations are intended to improve the public’s trust and confidence in the grand jury system.

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Advisory Council on Diversity I​nitiatives


The primary charge for the Advisory Council on Diversity Initiatives (ACDI) is to enhance diversity in the legal profession which is a significant goal of the Association.

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