Diversity & Inclusion


BOWLIO is a fundraising and networking event for OLIO, and anyone can participate.
Please join us for a fun-filled evening! Soft drinks & snacks are provided; a no host bar is available on site.
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Registration & check-in begins at 5:30 p.m.
Bowling from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

AMF Pro 300 Lanes*
3031 SE Powell Boulevard
Portland, OR 97202

*ADA Accessible. Please contact Chris Ling at the Oregon State Bar by October 24 for ADA accommodations.
  • Law Students / Children 3 and under = FREE
  • First-Year Licensee / Children 4-11 years = $25
  • Attorneys / Judges / Other Adult Guests / Children 12 and older = $50
    1. Please email Chris Ling at diversity@osbar.org to RSVP.
    2. Please call 503-431-6338 to arrange credit card payment, 
    or mail check by October 21 to OSB D&I Department, P.O. Box 231935, Tigard, OR  97281-1935.

    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.

    Support OLIO – Donate now using PayPal

    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.

    2016 ACDI Committee Roster

    Alarcon, Jacqueline Lizeth    Chairperson
    Simon, Daniel     Secretary
    Batrakova, Irina S    Member
    Davis, Bryson E    Member
    Davis-Larry, Sherisa     Member
    Glisson, Gary W    Member
    Groberg, Claudia G    Member
    Liou, Jonathan S    Member
    McKelvey, Connie Elkins    Member
    Moses, Gabriel Elias    Member
    Nakashima, Kyle Kazuo    Member
    O'Brien, David P    Member
    Patterson, Jollee Faber    Member
    Patterson, Jonathan A    Member
    Rose, Jammel Nicole    Member
    Wadia, Yazmin     Member
    Cook, Alex     Public Member
    Wilhoite, Charles A    BOG Contact
    Gregory, Shari R    OAAP Liaison
    Fender, Jaimie A    NLD Liaison
    Ling, Christopher Sing Keung    Bar Liaison

    Diversity & Inclusion Staff

    Christopher Ling
    Acting Director of Diversity & Inclusion
    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.

    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