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Diversity & Inclusion

​​Diversity Clerkship Program

Attorney Chris Hughes, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, holds the State Bar's 2019 Champions of Diversity Award he accepted on behalf of his organization for their 20 years' participation in the Diversity Clerkship program. With Attorney Hughes is diversity clerkship participant Mathias Rekowski, front left, and the Stafford Rosenbaum team.

State Bar of Wisconsin Diversity and Inclusion Statement

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.

Diversity & Inclusion Resources

FY2019 Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan
In 2019 the State Bar made great strides to lay the foundation of establishing a diverse and inclusive organization, with an eye towards the legal profession. Members from the State Bar’s Board of Governors, the Diversity & Inclusion Oversight Committee, Section Leaders Council, and State Bar Staff met to create the following Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan. This Action Plan was presented and unanimously approved by the Board of Governors, for implementation to begin on July 1, 2019.

State Bar of Wisconsin Diversity & Inclusion Guide
This guide is a great place to start if you are looking for information on why diversity and inclusion matters; ways to expand diversity of leadership; or ways to expand diversity of membership.

Diversity & Inclusion Resource List
This list provides Diversity & Inclusion resources to assist in diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Diversity Committee Toolkit
This Toolkit provides actionable steps to make your committee more diverse and inclusive.

Diversity Division Toolkit
This Toolkit provides actionable steps to make your division leadership and membership more diverse and inclusive.

Diversity Section Toolkit
This Toolkit provides actionable steps to make your section leadership and membership more diverse and inclusive.

American Bar Association D&I Portal
Learn about diversity and inclusion programs, resources, and information throughout the nation.

State Bar of Wisconsin Diversity Initiatives

Diversity Counsel Program

2019 Diversity Counsel Program - Proactively Addressing Gender Diversity in the Workplace 

Special Thank You to our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
Northwestern Mutual Foley & Lardner LLP
Gold Sponsors
Baird    Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. We Energies
Silver Sponsor
Church Mutual Insurance Co
Bronze Sponsors
CUNA Mutual Group MWH Law Group von Briesen & Roper s.c.
Quarles & Brady LLP

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.

Pipeline to the Profession: Summer Institute Immerses Students in the Law
The Summer Youth Institute gives Milwaukee students a taste of what it takes to be a legal professional.

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.

 Hon. Carl Ashley, clerk Nadia Gonzalez, Atty. Chris Rogers

Diversity Clerkship Program

The State Bar’s Diversity Clerkship Program is a 10-weeks, paid summer employment opportunity where first-year Marquette University Law School and University of Wisconsin Law School students with diverse backgrounds are matched with a wide array of employers from private law firms, corporate legal departments and governmental agencies. Student clerks gain practical legal experience, and participating employers obtain valuable legal support. 

In 2018, the Diversity Clerkship Program had 21 employers participate in the program, the most in the program in ten years.

We are currently seeking employers to participate in the 2019 program year. If you are interested in participating or learning more about the program, please contact Kim Burns, (608) 250-6181 / org kburns wisbar wisbar kburns org.

Diversity Clerkship Program Leads to Lifelong Friendships

A Special Thanks to our 2018 Employers & Congratulations to the 2018 Champions of Diversity Award Winner - Law Offices of Thomas P. Stilp

  • Alliant Energy
  • American Family Mutual Insurance Co. – Corporate
  • Boardman & Clark LLP
  • Church Mutual Insurance Company
  • Clean Wisconsin
  • Cramer, Multhauf & Hammes LLP
  • GE Healthcare
  • Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, PC
  • The Law Office of Odalo J. Ohiku
  • Law Offices of Thomas P. Stilp
  • Madison City Attorney's Office
  • Milwaukee City Attorney's Office
  • Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.
  • Quartz Health Solutions
  • Regal Beloit
  • Rexnord
  • Rockwell Automation, Inc.
  • Stafford Rosenbaum LLP
  • Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
  • Urban & Taylor SC
  • 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. 

To learn more or volunteer, please contact Kim Burns at org kburns wisbar wisbar kburns org.

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