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Diversity & Inclusion



State Bar of Wisconsin Definition of Diversity


The term "diversity" has a dynamic meaning that evolves as the demographics in the state change. It is an inclusive concept that encompasses, among other things, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation and disability. Inclusion helps to create a culture that embraces people from the widest range of talent and experience and promotes understanding and respect for all people and different points of view in the legal profession.

State Bar of Wisconsin Diversity Initiatives


2016 Diversity Clerkship Recognition Reception

Thirteen employers and law students were recognized July 20 as participants in the State Bar of Wisconsin's Diversity Clerkship Program. The program offers employers and students a unique opportunity to share experiences and to promote diversity in the legal profession.

Lawyers & the Arts

Meet the artists - or lawyers who represent them - whether they are painters, actors, writers, filmmakers, musicians, or involved in some other creative endeavor.

Talking about the Elephant in the Room: Working Toward an Inclusive Profession

Janet Green Marbley, administrator of the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection and chair of the Diversity Committee for the ABA’s Center for Professional Responsibility, discussed conscious and unconscious bias and creating an inclusive society at the Diversity CLE program at the 2016 Annual Meeting and Conference in Green Bay with members of the State Bar Diversity and Inclusion Oversight Committee.

Dr. Artika Tyner Inspires at Young Lawyers Conference

"Small steps, taken where you are, can start you on the path to leadership," says Dr. Artika Tyner, who addressed about 160 young lawyers at the Seventh Annual Young Lawyers Division Leadership Conference April 1 in Madison.



Diversity Clerkship Program

The Diversity Clerkship Program enters the 2016 summer with 13 employers and 13 law students. 40 law students applied this year with only 13 clerkship positions offered. The number of clerkships are based on the number of participating employers.

We are currently seeking employers to participate in the 2017 program year. If you are interested in participating or learning more about the program, please contact Megan Zurbriggen (608) 250-6038 / org mzurbriggen wisbar wisbar mzurbriggen org.


A Special Thanks to our 2016 Employers

  • American Family Mutual Insurance Co. – Corporate
  • Boardman & Clark LLP
  • Clean Wisconsin
  • CUNA Mutual Group
  • Law Office of Odalo J. Ohiku
  • Law Offices of Thomas P. Stilp
  • Madison City Attorney Office
  • Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.
  • Rockwell Automation, Inc.
  • SC Johnson & Son, Inc.
  • Stafford Rosenbaum LLP
  • Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
  • Wisconsin Department of Corrections

Diversity and Inclusion Oversight Committee

The Diversity and Inclusion Oversight Committee (DIOC) is central to the success of the Bar's commitment to diversity and inclusion. The committee assists, coordinates and fa​cilitates diversity efforts within all entities of the Bar. The committee is also responsible for institutionalizing and implementing the Bar's ultimate action plan with regard to diversity and inclusion. Please click here to learn more about the State Bar’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.

To learn more or volunteer, please contact Jerry Vang at org jvang wisbar wisbar jvang org.