In order to ensure that the ABA (and the field of law in general!) is always growing, it’s important to promote diversity. Your passion for highlighting diverse voices, need to shake up the current demographics of the legal profession, and strong communication skills to advocate for a more inclusive organization will allow you to get the most out of this role.
It’s easy to slap the word ‘diverse’ into a few emails and call it a day, but if you’re looking for an opportunity to change the way individuals and groups within the ABA see issues facing the legal community, click on that orange button.
- Time commitment: 10-15 hours weekly.
- Election Method: Elected in March by an electronic vote of the Assembly.
- Officer-Elect Period: Serves immediately upon election in a non-voting, Officer-Elect capacity on the Council through the conclusion of the next ABA Annual Meeting in August.
- Term: Assumes the official one-year term starting at the next Annual Meeting through the following Annual Meeting (August to August).
- Membership Level: Must be a Premium Law Student Division member.
You must complete the application form in its entirety, including the required attachments:
- Your Required Certification Form PDF
- Statement/resume PDF
- Headshot image
- Publicly available video statement link (optional, 5 minute maximum time limit, and not needed for editorial positions)
The deadline for submission is January 15, 2020 at 11:59 AM Central Time. No exceptions will be granted.
The Delegate of Diversity’s responsibilities include:
- Promote full and equal participation in the Division for a membership inclusive of lawyers of varying gender, national origin, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation and gender identity, and of lawyers with disabilities.
- Chair the Division’s Diversity Committee.
- Promote and oversee the Grant Fund.
- Consult with and assist the officers of the Division in the work of the Division in the manner and to the extent requested.
- Represent the Division in the Association House of Delegates.
- Inform the Division Council of actions taken by senior bar entities.
- work with the Chair to execute the Division’s legislative agenda;
- Oversee and communicate regularly with the Council, liaisons to ABA entities, and Assembly.
- Solicit the opinion of the Division Council and Assembly on matters subject to vote in the House of Delegates and abide by instructions of the Assembly regarding such matters.
- Keep the Assembly informed of votes and activities on behalf of the Division.
- Keep the membership of the Division informed of matters of the Association pertaining to law students.
- Follow and understand the current Law Student Division Bylaws.
This position is expected to attend the following in-person events or meetings.Travel-related expenses are reimbursed by the Division, subject to guidelines.
- ABA Annual Meeting in August 2020 in Chicago (as officer-elect)
- Section Officers Conference (SOC)/Fall Council Meeting in September 2020
- ABA Midyear Meeting in February 2021 in Chicago
- ABA Annual Meeting in August 2021 in Toronto
To be certified as a candidate for Delegate, an individual must be:
- A law student attending an ABA-approved law school;
- An ABA Law Student Division member for the current bar year by the filing deadline;
- A Premium Law Student Division member
- A law student in good standing at law school (not on academic probation or suspension) during the academic year;
- A law student who has not received his/her first degree in law;
- A law student attending law school during the academic year subsequent to June 1, 2020;
- A law student who has received the approval of his/her law school dean to run for office. All nomination forms must be approved and signed by each candidate’s dean; and
- A law student who is in compliance with the submission deadlines and requirements.