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Diversity / Inclusion

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.

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  • Diversity & Inclusion Committee

  • Supreme Court Fairness & Diversity

Upcoming Webinars

You Mean I Can Do that Too? Nontraditional Areas of Practice for Minorities: Healthcare Law and Administrative Law

Tuesday, November 2, 2021, noon-1:00 p.m.

Join us as we provide attorneys and law students with information about practice areas they should consider that tend to lack diversity. Learn why healthcare law and administrative law tend to lack diversity, experience needed to succeed in and tips for entering these fields.



The Hon. June McKinney, Administrative Law Judge, Leon County
The Hon. June McKinney, Administrative Law Judge, Leon County
Charmaine Chiu, Shareholder, Smith Hulsey & Busey
Charmaine Chiu, Shareholder, Smith Hulsey & Busey
Janeia Ingram, Deputy General Counsel/Hearing Officer, Florida Public Employees Relations Commission
Janeia Ingram, Deputy General Counsel/Hearing Officer, Florida Public Employees Relations Commission

Leveling the Playing Field (The Conversation Continues): Building Blocks for Successful Business Development and Beyond

Wednesday, November 10, 2021, noon-1:30 p.m.

During this webinar, presented by the Gender Equality Subcommittee of the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, attendees will learn from experts regarding tools and strategies to support their professional and business development within the legal environment. Partners, managers, and other legal leaders will also learn how to effectively encourage the growth and progress of future firm shareholders and partners, office leaders, and senior attorneys.

CLE pending.



Evett Simmons
Evett L. Simmons, Simmons, Finney & Winfield
Lynda McDermott (EquiPro International, Ltd.)
Lynda McDermott, EquiPro International Ltd.


Following recommendations from the Program Evaluation Committee, The Florida Bar in 2010 overhauled its diversity efforts and created the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

The Board of Governors approved the 12 recommendations, 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.

Get Involved in the Path to Unity in The Florida Bar

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.