Vol. 39 No. 6
To mark the ABA Law Student Division’s commitment to diversity in the legal profession, the Division’s leadership will be encouraging law students and law schools across the country to observe Diversity Day on March 2. The purpose of Diversity Day is to recognize and celebrate law students of every gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and those with disabilities in order to foster an environment of inclusion that is particularly welcoming to law students from historically underrepresented groups. Law student leaders are encouraged to plan diversity-related programming for Diversity Day and to continue these efforts throughout the academic year.
This year, the Diversity Committee of the ABA Law Student Division will be promoting the “Wear Yellow Campaign for Diversity.” The committee would like to encourage law students across the country to show their support for diversity in the legal profession by wearing yellow on March 2.
“As a Filipino-American and the first person in my family to attend law school, I am proud to be a part of a professional organization that values people’s differences,” says Janice Dantes, a third-year student at DePaul College of Law, who co-chairs the Diversity Committee of the Law Student Division Board of Governors. “I hope the initiatives our committee is implementing this year will be setting the groundwork for more Filipino and first-generation law students in the future.”
Nakul Patel, Fourteenth Circuit Governor who serves Northern California and says, “As future attorneys we should be leaders in promoting diversity. We need to champion the diverse perspectives, attributes and backgrounds that benefit us all, by practicing unity, integration, and acceptance of people that have no resemblance to ourselves. I think Diversity Day gives us the opportunity to do this.”
The Diversity Committee is updating the ABA Law Student Division’s Diversity Plan and the Diversity Day Toolkit. In the meantime, law students should refer to the current toolkit available at www.abanet.org/lsd/diversity/toolkit/chapters.html as a starting point to begin planning this year’s Diversity Day activities.
—Diversity Day Committee