This Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Profession shall facilitate, analyze, and present for consideration initiatives and programs which increases participation, retention, and representation of diverse attorneys in the legal profession in Georgia that accurately reflects the makeup of our state. In this effort, the Committee will work towards inclusion of lawyers who have been historically underrepresented. It shall advise the Executive Committee and Board of Governors with regard to those interests.
Commitment to Equality Awards
The Commitment to Equality Awards recognize the efforts of lawyers and legal employers who are committed to providing opportunities that foster a more diverse legal profession for members of underrepresented groups in the state of Georgia. These awards are presented to lawyers who not only personally excel in their own practice, but who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession. The awards are presented in the Spring at a special ceremony.
The 2017 Commitment to Equality Awards will be presented Thursday, May 4, at Georgia State University College of Law. We are pleased to announce that A. James "Jim" Elliott, Leroy Johnson, Dawn Jones and the Hon. Willie Lovett, Jr. (1963-2017) will be honored at our 2017 Commitment to Equality Awards. Each will be recognized for their steadfast devotion to promoting diversity within the legal profession and providing opportunities to underrepresented groups.
The Speaker Clearinghouse is designed specifically for, and contains detailed information about, minority and women lawyers who would like to be considered as faculty members in continuing legal education programs and provided with other speaking opportunities. For more information and to sign up, visit the signup page. To search the Speaker Clearinghouse, which provides contact information and limited information on the legal experience of minority and women lawyers participating in the program, visit the search page.
Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Women Practicing Law in Georgia
In August 2016, the Women in the Profession Committee of the State Bar's Young Lawyers Division held a commemorative program at the Bar Center -featuring an informative film, dramatic reading, panel discussion and an exhibit documenting the achievements of women lawyers over the last 100 years.
See the following for more information on the anniversary and events surrounding this important milestone: