Diversity & Inclusion

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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.

Why Diversity is Important
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.

Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO)
OLIO is the Oregon State Bar's nationally recognized recruitment and retention program for racial and ethnic minorities who are historically underrepresented in the legal community. This diversity and inclusion program begins with an orientation that provides incoming Oregon minority 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 community of diverse 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 network event (BOWLIO), an employment retreat and 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.

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.

2015 ACDI Committee Roster

Starke, Cynthia J    Chairperson
Alarcon, Jacqueline Lizeth    Secretary
Asai, Jessica A    Member
Batrakova, Irina S    Member
Butler, Deborah M    Member
Davis-Larry, Sherisa     Member
Harrell, Bruce B    Member
Liou, Jonathan S    Member
McKelvey, Connie Elkins    Member
Moses, Gabriel Elias    Member
O'Brien, David P    Member
Patterson, Jonathan A    Member
Rose, J Nicole    Member
Simon, Daniel     Member
Umscheid, Lisa M    Member
Wu, Michael Y    Member
Whang, Simon     BOG Contact
Gregory, Shari R    OAAP Liaison
Browning, Mae Lee     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