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Definition of Diversity
Adopted by the Board of Trustees
April 20, 2011

Diversity is defined by the King County Bar Association to refer to the inclusion of individuals who self-identify with those groups historically discriminated against, and which continue to experience the effects of such, and/or who are under-represented in the legal profession including on the basis of disability, gender, race/ ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.


Vision Statement
Adopted by the Diversity Committee
January 6, 2012

Diversity thrives in every area in which attorneys practice law in King County, including the judiciary, in numbers that are, at minimum, proportional to the diversity of King County’s general population.


Minority Law Student Scholarships

Started in 1970 when the King County Bar raised $10,000 for minority law student scholarships, this program has grown today to scholarship awards of over $130,000 annually, divided between the University of Washington and Seattle University Schools of Law. As one of the largest providers of minority law student scholarships in the state of Washington, the King County Bar’s cumulative scholarship grants are in excess of $1.75 million. Current and past recipients are honored each fall at a minority bar cholars reception.


KCBA Building a Book of Business

Based on the premise that those minority attorneys who are successful within law firms are more likely to stay, this program helps minority associates in private practice improve their chances for success. In a closed-door seminar, successful minority lawyers instruct participants how to effectively market themselves and acquire new clients for their firms. No more than fifteen young attorneys are selected for this program annually.


Future of the Law Institute

Established in 2001, the Future of the Law Institute (FLI) is a year-long program for minority and economically disadvantaged high school students interested in learning more about a career in the law. FLI provides students with substantive legal workshops, career counseling, a mock trial, and opportunities to meet with legal professionals. Students are eligible for scholarships when they continue on to higher education. Over 800 students have participated in this program.


Minority Bar Association Partnerships

The King County Bar works in coalition with over a dozen minority bar associations in Washington State on various projects including diversity conferences and judicial forums. KCBA also provides insurance coverage and training resources to minority bars that host pro bono legal service clinics for members of their communities. Recent pro bono partners have included the Asian, Korean American, Loren Miller, Middle Eastern, and Q-LAW/GLBT bar associations.


 

Additional Information:


Law School Reports on Diversity

University of Washington:
2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

Seattle University:
2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ronald Gould Discusses Impact of Disability on His Career -- 11/27/13
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDHupwtp5KQ

Minority Bar Associations in Washington State
http://www.wsba.org/legal-community/minority-bar-associations

Washington State Initiative for Diversity
http://www.initiativefordiversitywa.org/

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