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Diversity in the Legal Profession

Mission: To increase diversity and inclusion in The Florida Bar so that the Bar will reflect the demographics of the state, to develop opportunities for community involvement, and to make leadership roles within the profession and The Florida Bar accessible to all attorneys, including those who are racially, ethnically and culturally diverse, women, members of the LGBTQ community and persons with disabilities.

Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion Master Calendar

October 2017

11-14: Florida Bar Fall Meeting – Tampa Airport Marriott, Tampa

November 2017
10: Path to Inclusion Symposium 2017 – Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, Orlando. Register now for our Path to Inclusion Symposium! More details can be found in this Florida Bar News article.

June 2018
13-16: Annual Florida Bar Convention – Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando


History

Following recommendations from the Program Evaluation Committee , The Florida Bar is overhauling its diversity efforts, including creating a new Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

The Board of Governors, at its May 2010 meeting, approved a dozen recommendations from the PEC, including adopting a definition of diversity, transferring functions of the Member Outreach Committee to the new committee, and creating a Florida Bar diversity grant program for local bars.


Definition of Diversity

The term “diversity” has a dynamic meaning that changes as the demographics of Floridians change. Apart from differences in race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, and geography, to mention a few, the public and our profession will experience changes in thought, culture, and beliefs. These demographics are constantly in flux. Defining “diversity” based on current differences would limit its application to future changes, and likewise restrict or limit The Florida Bar’s consideration of and response to such changes.

–The Florida Bar Board of Governors, May 2010


Commitment to Promoting Diversity

The Florida Bar is fully committed to the enhancement of diversity within the Bar, the legal profession, legal education, and in the justice system, and affirms its commitment toward a diverse and inclusive environment with equal access and equal opportunity for all.

–The Florida Bar Board of Governors, May 2010


The Florida Bar President’s Special Task Force

Florida Bar President Eugene Pettis appointed an 11-member task force in February 2014 to determine why diverse candidates were not applying for Judicial Nominating Commission appointment or for judgeships. The task force issued a report in May 2014.