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

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.

To that end, the Association will promote the full and equal access to and participation of individuals in the Association, the legal profession and in the justice system regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability by actively:

  • Working to remove economic, educational, and attitudinal impediments that may exist to entry into and advancement in the profession;
  • Assisting bar associations and their members, courts, law schools, governmental entities, firms and corporations to enhance the development of interest in the profession, training, work experience, recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups;
  • Ensuring inclusiveness in employment opportunities, organized bar activities and leadership; and
  • Establishing and implementing a Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan which includes monitoring progress toward inclusiveness of individuals to enhance diversity in the Association, the profession and the justice system in Ohio.

The Association commits to coordination, collaboration and facilitation of the objectives in this Policy, and urges its affiliated organizations and other bar associations and law schools to adopt policies and plans consistent with these objectives.

Adopted by Board of Governors 2002
Amended Nov. 5, 2004
Amended Jan. 22, 2010



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