Mahoning County resident seeks diversity in the legal profession

CONTACT: Kenneth A. Brown, OSBA, 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426
Columbus, OHIO (June 22, 2010) – Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) member and Boardman resident Yulanda McCarty-Harris is focused on increasing diversity in the legal community. “I believe one of the biggest challenges is getting more minorities, especially African-Americans and Hispanics, to seek a career in the legal profession. This is why I am so grateful that I was asked to be a part of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Advisory Council on Diversity Initiatives.”  
McCarty-Harris works with other members of the Advisory Council on Diversity Initiatives to help realize the OSBA’s commitment to enhance diversity in the legal profession. The council is working to promote full and equal participation in the legal profession by minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and persons of differing sexual orientations and gender identities.
In her professional life, McCarty-Harris is the Youngstown State University’s director of equal opportunity and diversity. “Many people do not get the opportunity to have a job that reflects their passion,” she said. “My job allows me to utilize my legal skills and also to work in an educational environment where our next leaders are being molded. What better job is there than to ensure that individuals are treated fairly and have the same opportunity to employment as others?”
McCarty-Harris was recently nominated by her community for the Mahoning Valley Athena Award, which each year recognizes a local business or professional woman who has demonstrated excellence in her chosen career, provided leadership in the community and mentored or contributed to the growth of other professional women.
In addition to serving on the OSBA Advisory Council on Diversity Initiatives, McCarty-Harris is also a member of the 2009-2010 Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Fellows Program and the OSBA Judicial Campaign Advertising Monitoring Committee.
Extremely involved in her community, McCarty-Harris is a board member of Partners for Workplace Diversity, a member of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee, an advisor for the Youngstown Community Faith Federal Credit Union, president of the Youngstown chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and council delegate for the Boardman PTA.
McCarty-Harris completed her undergraduate degree in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, and earned her law degree at the Southern Methodist University School of Law. McCarty-Harris resides in Boardman with her husband, John D. Harris Jr. They have two sons, Myles, 12, and Langston, 9, and daughter Courtney-Rose Harris, 21.
The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.
EDITORS NOTE: A photo of McCarty-Harris is available by contacting Stephanie Beougher at or (614) 487-4415.



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