Diversity & Inclusion

Official Unveiling Ceremony
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at the Oregon State Bar Center

This exhibit presents a brief history of the progress toward diversity and inclusion, beginning with the early years of America's establishment, the creation of a federal government, the founding of Oregon as the 33rd state, and the experience of Oregon's diverse legal pioneers.

Our goal is to build on the history featured in this exhibit and add new milestones over time. Please share additional diversity and inclusion history by contacting us here at diversity@osbar.org.

Now Accepting Applications for
the Judicial Mentorship Program

Information and applications available here. Deadline is extended to November 1.

OSB Diversity Action Plan

OSB Diversity Action Plane

OLIO Information

OSB's Mission & Values
The mission of the Oregon State Bar is to serve justice by promoting respect for the rule of law, by improving the quality of legal services, and by increasing access to justice. The bar is committed to serving and valuing its diverse community, to advancing equality in the justice system, and to removing barriers to that system.

What is Diversity?
Diversity and inclusion mean acknowledging, embracing and valuing the unique contributions our individual backgrounds make to strengthen our legal community, increase access to justice, and promote laws and creative solutions that better serve clients and communities. Diversity includes, but is not limited to: age; culture; disability; ethnicity; gender and gender identity or expression; geographic location; national origin; race; religion; sex; sexual orientation; and socio-economic status.

Why Diversity is Important
A diverse and inclusive bar is necessary to attract and retain talented employees and leaders; effectively serve diverse clients with diverse needs; understand and adapt to increasingly diverse local and global markets; devise creative solutions to complex problems; and improve access to justice, respect for the rule of law, and credibility of the legal profession.

Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO)
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.

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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 16 volunteer attorneys and a public member is a critical part of the Diversity and Inclusion Department. The Committee also provide vision, advise the D&I staff, and are strong program advocates.

2014 ACDI Committee Roster

Haroldson, John M    Chairperson
Starke, Cynthia J    Secretary
Alarcon, Jacqueline Lizeth    Member
Asai, Jessica A    Member
Bartz, David F    Member
Batrakova, Irina S    Member
Butler, Deborah M    Member
Harrell, Bruce B    Member
Iparraguirre, H Roland    Member
Liou, Jonathan S    Member
Moses, Gabriel Elias    Member
Rose, J Nicole    Member
Simon, Daniel     Member
Sykes, Diane S    Member
Umscheid, Lisa M    Member
Wu, Michael Y    Member
Matsumonji, Audrey T    BOG Contact
Gregory, Shari R    OAAP Liaison
Nicholls, Jennifer     NLD Liaison
Hyland, Mariann     Bar Liaison

Diversity & Inclusion Staff

Mariann Hyland, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
phone: (503) 431-6337
fax: (503) 598-6937

Toni Kelich, Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator
phone: (503) 431-6338
fax: (503) 598-6938

Benjamin James, Diversity & Inclusion Assistant
phone: (503) 431-6335
fax: (503) 598-6999

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.

Top Ten Things You Need to do to Become a Lawyer

Council on Legal Education Opportunities

College Resource Network - Scholarship Search Engine

Fastweb – "Paying for School Just Got Easier"

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)

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

ABA Legal Opportunities Scholarship for incoming 1Ls

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

Portland Indian Leaders Roundtable

Job Resources

OSB Job Board

OSB Diversity & Inclusion LinkedIn