Diversity & Inclusion

2016 OLIO Orientation Participants

See OLIO Orientation Pictures on our Facebook page.

What is OLIO?

Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO) is the Oregon State Bar's recruitment and retention program for law students who can contribute to the bar's historically or currently underrepresented membership; who have experienced economic, social, or other barriers; who have a demonstrated interest in increasing access to justice; or who have personally experienced discrimination or oppression.

This diversity and inclusion program begins with an orientation that provides a diverse group of Oregon's first-year law students with the opportunity to interact with each other, and with upper division students, judges and leaders who will serve as their mentors and role models. During orientation, students meet a diverse community of supporters committed to helping them succeed. The curriculum focuses on sharpening existing skills and providing new skills to help ensure success in law school and beyond. Students receive valuable information on networking, study skills and Oregon bar exam preparation.

OLIO participants also have opportunities to reconnect throughout the year at several OLIO events, including a bowling networking event (BOWLIO), an employment retreat and a spring social.

OLIO is a fundamental tool for recruiting and retaining diverse legal talent in Oregon and increasing the diversity of the Oregon State Bar. OLIO fosters an engaged, supportive and inclusive legal community necessary to advance our legal profession and improve legal services to an increasingly diverse population, clients and customers, locally and globally.

Following are video testimonials from past OLIO students from all three Oregon law schools about the benefits of this valuable program. More student testimonials from OLIO students and supporters can be seen on the Oregon State Bar video page.

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OLIO fosters innovation and excellence by creating a diverse community of talented lawyers in Oregon. A diverse bar is necessary to remove barriers to justice, promote respect for the rule of law, improve the quality of legal services and increase access to justice. Your tax deductible donation to the Oregon Law Foundation, OLIO's fiscal sponsor, supports OLIO.

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Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (ACDI)

Members of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (ACDI) score applications for the Public Honors, Clerkship Stipend, Scholarship, and Bar Exam Grant programs. This committee of 20 volunteer attorneys, one OSB liaison and two public members is a critical part of the Diversity and Inclusion Department. The Committee also provides vision, advises the D&I staff, and is a strong program advocate. .

2017 ACDI Committee Roster

Simon, Daniel     Chairperson
Patterson, Jonathan A    Secretary
Alarcon, Jacqueline Lizeth    Member
Davis, Bryson E    Member
Davis-Larry, Sherisa     Member
Glisson, Gary W    Member
Groberg, Claudia G    Member
Krant, Susan Bradley    Member
McKelvey, Connie Elkins    Member
Montag, Andrea Greene    Member
Nakashima, Kyle Kazuo    Member
O'Brien, David P    Member
Patterson, Jollee Faber    Member
Rutledge, Kasia E    Member
Summer, Miranda     Member
Wadia, Yazmin     Member
Commissiong, Nicole Rachael    Advisory Member
Myles, Phylis Chadwell    Advisory Member
Petersen, Sarah M    Advisory Member
Levelle, Michael D    BOG Contact
Gregory, Shari R    OAAP Liaison
Gzik, Ralph Edward    NLD Liaison
Puente, Jonathan     Bar Liaison

Diversity & Inclusion Staff

Jonathan Puente
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
phone: (503) 431-6337
fax: (503) 684-1366

Lucy Taylor
Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator
phone: (503) 431-6338
fax: (503) 598-6938

Oregon Law Schools

Lewis & Clark Law School

Willamette University College of Law

University of Oregon School of Law

Thinking About Becoming an Attorney?
The following links are resources that may assist you as you begin to explore a career in the legal profession.

Council on Legal Education Opportunities

College Resource Network - Scholarship Search Engine

For People of Color – Empowering People of Color to Enter Law School and Become Attorneys

For People of Color - Guide to Law School Application Process

Tips from the American Bar Association (ABA) on Preparing for Law School

Law School Admission Council (LSAC)

Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) Dates

Oregon Law School Admissions Offices:

Lewis & Clark Law School

University of Oregon School of Law

Willamette University College of Law

Specialty Bars & Minority Bar Associations

OSB Disability Law

OSB Diversity Section

OSB Indian Law

Multnomah Bar Association (MBA)

Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA)

Oregon Chapter, National Bar Association (OCNBA)
- Please contact OCNBA President, Jon Patterson, for information

OGALLA: The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon

Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA)

Oregon Minority Lawyers Association (OMLA)

Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS)

External Scholarship Opportunities for Law Students

Oregon Student Assistance Commission

Student Loan Resources

TheSimpleDollar.com - Student Loan Consolidation Guide

Other Diversity Resources

2011 Oregon Legislative Report on Racial Equity

Coalition of Communities of Color

Is Race Real?

Race – Are We So Different?

Race – The Power of an Illusion

Racial Disparities in Multnomah County report

Report of the Oregon Supreme Court Task Force on Racial/Ethnic Issues in the Judicial System May 1994

Portland Indian Leaders Roundtable

Job Resources

OSB Job Board