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The HCBA Diversity Committee works to improve diversity in the legal profession. The committee focuses its work on retaining lawyers with diverse backgrounds, building a diversity pipeline to the legal profession, and informing the broader legal community about issues surrounding diversity and inclusion.

The Committee typically meets the first Wednesday of the month at 12:00 p.m. at the HCBA office.  Below are some of the initiatives the committee is currently working on:  

Lawyer Retention: The Lawyer Retention subcommittee recently planned a symposium with Twin Cities Diversity in Practice on Nov. 22 focused on attracting and retaining attorneys of color and diverse backgrounds.The group intends to plan a follow-up symposium in the 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2014.

Diversity Pipeline:
The Diversity Pipeline work group is a subcommittee of the HCBA Diversity Committee. The group works with community partners, such as Achieve Minneapolis and the Minnesota Urban Debate League, to proactively create the next generation of attorneys. By collaborating with local firms, nonprofits, and law schools, we look forward to building a coordinated, collective approach to educating youth from underrepresented backgrounds about legal careers. The group also advises Achieve Minneapolis' law-related mentoring program that serves high school youth, known as the HCBA Law Coach program. To get involved in the Diversity Pipeline efforts, please attend an upcoming meeting or contact Jim Skoog at of 612-752-6615. A "Legal Careers Pipeline" Summit at the HCBA on Nov. 25 at 10:30 a.m. The group advising the HCBA Law Coach program will meet at the HCBA on Dec. 17 8:00 a.m.


CLE/Diversity Programming: The CLE/Diversity Programming subcommittee develops continuing legal education courses on diversity-related topics. During 2012-2013, the committee sponsored programs focused on constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage and restricting voting rights to only citizens with photo identification.


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