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:

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Can changing how we measure lawyer performance unlock diversity?

HP’s legal department recently announced that it will withhold up to 10 percent of fees from law firms that do not meet its diversity standards, to draw attention to law’s lagging performance in advancing diversity.

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5 tips on best representing LGBT clients

Developing cultural competency is key to best representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, says Angie Martell, founder and managing partner of Iglesia Martell Law Firm, PLLC.

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Arizona Summit law school to affiliate with historically black college

The for-profit Arizona Summit School of Law, which is part of the InfiLaw consortium, announced that it will sign an affiliation agreement with Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black college in Florida.

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If racial comments are made in jury deliberations, courts should investigate, SCOTUS says

Racial comments in jury deliberations can violate a defendant’s right to a fair trial, and require review, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the appeal of a Colorado man’s misdemeanor unlawful sexual contact and harassment convictions.

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SCOTUS sends transgender school bathroom case back to 4th Circuit

An appeal regarding bathroom rights for a transgender high school student was vacated and remanded by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Lawyers seek dismissal of charges in ATF stash-house stings after study shows pattern of racial bias

U.S. Supreme Court clerk Scott Harris has informed three groups that the caption on their amicus briefs should refer to a transgender teen with a masculine pronoun.

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ABA Center for Innovation will hold design event to create app for hate crime victims

The ABA Center for Innovation will hold a design event in Boston to produce an app that assists victims of hate crimes.

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SCOTUS clerk tells amici to caption case of transgender teen with masculine pronoun

U.S. Supreme Court clerk Scott Harris has informed three groups that the caption on their amicus briefs should refer to a transgender teen with a masculine pronoun.

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Racial gerrymandering case will mostly return to the district court for new analysis

A constitutional challenge to Virginia’s redrawing of 12 legislative districts to maintain a black voting-age population of at least 55 percent will mostly return to a federal district court as a result of a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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ABA House rejects proposal to tighten bar-pass standards for law schools

The ABA House of Delegates voted against a proposal to tighten bar passage rate standards for accredited law schools.

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There are many Asian American attorneys, yet few are judges, study finds

A new study at Yale University concludes Asian Americans are well-represented among the nation's attorneys, but are still missing from some of the highest posts.

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NALP report on law firm diversity highlights 'incredibly slow pace of change'

The percentage of female and black associates increased slightly in law firms in 2016, though the representation is still below 2009 levels, according to a new report by the National Association for Law Placement.

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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.

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​​​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.​​

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Your Rights If Questioned, Stopped or Arrested by the Police

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


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Police Use of Deadly Force: What You Need to Know

Answers to common questions about police procedure and conduct.​

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Diversity and Inclusion Strategies That Work

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

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Racial Fairness Implementation Task Force Action Plan

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

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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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