The Storywall Project
Help Us Tell the Story
Everyone has a story, and every story deserves to be told. The storywall project is designed to spotlight untold stories from the legal profession that heighten our awareness of diversity, inclusion, and access to justice in Oregon. Our plan is to produce a museum-quality informational display that includes dual timelines: one highlighting diversity in the legal profession in Oregon, and the other underscoring major milestones that have advanced diversity and access to justice in Oregon and across the U.S.
The story wall will be installed at the OSB Center in Tigard, Oregon, where a similar installation details the history of women lawyers in Oregon. An interactive website and supplemental posters are planned to broaden the reach of this new historical information project.
How You Can Help
You can help raise funds for the content, design, and production of the story wall via a group--your section or firm, for example--or through a personal donation. The sponsorship levels coincide with the colors of the rainbow:
Red & Orange Color levels: your name and logo will be displayed on a recognition plaque next to the story wall, on the printed posters, and in a link on the interactive website. Red level sponsors will be listed in a larger font on the plaque and will receive a copy of the printed poster.
Yellow level: your name and logo will be displayed on a recognition plaque next to the story wall, your name and logo on the printed posters and in a link on the interactive website.
Green & Blue Color levels: your name and logo will be displayed on the printed posters and in a link on the interactive website.
Indigo & Violet Color Levels: your name, logo and link will be displayed on the interactive website.
We have reached our minimum fundraising goal of $30,000 and have launched the Story Wall project, which is scheduled for a November 2014 unveiling. We would like to thank and recognize our sponsors:
- US District Court
- Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
- Stoel Rives LLP
- Davis Wright Tremaine
- Miller Nash
- Hispanic Bar Association
- Oregon Minority Lawyers Association
- Oregon State Bar
- Oregon Women Lawyers
- OSB Diversity Section
- OSB Business Law Section,
- OSB Civil Rights Section
- OSB Constitutional Law Section
- Convocation on Equality
- Multnomah Bar Association
- Willamette University
- Lewis and Clark Law School
We still need additional financial support and we are seeking historical information for the story wall from bar members. Please contact Benjamin James for more information on how you can contribute to the project.
What does Diversity and Inclusion mean at the Oregon State Bar?
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; geographic location; national origin; race; religion; sexual orientation; and socio-economic status.
Our business case statement: 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.
Diversity and Inclusion: Making Us Stronger
Planning Team Members:
Bill Chin, Professor, Lewis & Clark
Paul Nickell, Bulletin Editor, Communications, OSB
Mariann Hyland, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, OSB
Mary Anne Anderson, Staff Attorney, US District Court, OR
Benjamin James, Assistant, Diversity & Inclusion, OSB
Diane Sykes, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Unit, DOJ
Anna Zanolli, Manager, IDT, OSB
Danny Santos, Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Admin, Will. Univ.