Diversity Initiative

The Chicago Bar Association and the signatories hereto are committed to fostering diversity in the legal profession. Diversity is an inclusive concept and encompasses race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, and many other aspects of diversity. With greater diversity, we can be more effective, creative and just by bringing more varied perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, talents and interests to the practice of law and the administration of justice.

We recognize that to fully and equitably pursue justice our profession must reflect the full spectrum of America. A diverse group of talented legal professionals is critically important to the success of every law firm, corporate or government legal department, law school and public service organization and every other organization that includes attorneys.

We pledge to increase the diversity in our hiring, retention and promotion of attorneys and in the elevation of attorneys to leadership positions within our respective organizations. We believe that all members of the bar should participate equally and fully in our profession.

Achieving diversity within our organizations and creating inclusive environments requires a continued effort and commitment on our part. Our commitment and goals with respect to increased gender diversity are specifically addressed by the Chicago Bar Association "Call to Action", adopted in 2005. As signatories to this Diversity Initiative, we address our commitment to diversity within our profession. Additionally, we affirm our commitment to the following principles and practices with respect to racial diversity as set forth in Attachments A, B, C and D. We further agree to participate in Chicago Bar Association programs and efforts designed to measure our progress in pursuit of the goals of this Diversity Initiative.


Related Files
CBA Diversity Initiative 2006