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
The State Bar of Wisconsin Diversity Program matches first-year law students with employers to help students build legal practice skills. Now in its 25th year, the program has placed 453 law students with 74 law firms, corporations, and government offices.
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.
"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.
The 2017 Diversity Clerkship Program matched 16 employers and 16 law students. 39 law students applied this year with only 16 clerkship positions offered. The number of clerkships are based on the number of participating employers.
We are currently seeking employers to participate in the 2018 program year. If you are interested in participating or learning more about the program, please contact Bryant Park (608) 250-6083 / org bpark wisbar wisbar bpark org.
A Special Thanks to our 2017 Employers
- American Family Mutual Insurance Co. – Corporate
- Boardman & Clark LLP
- Church Mutual Insurance Company
- GE Healthcare
- Greater Lakes Higher Education Corporation
- Law Office of Odalo J. Ohiku
- Law Offices of Thomas P. Stilp
- Madison City Attorneys Office
- Milwaukee City Attorneys Office
- Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.
- Rockwell Automation, Inc.
- SC Johnson & Son, Inc.
- Society Insurance
- Stafford Rosenbaum LLP
- Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
- Wisconsin Department of Corrections
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 facilitates 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.
To learn more or volunteer, please contact Bryant Park at org bpark wisbar wisbar bpark org.