Diversity Advisory Council
The Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) was formed in 2012 by the Oregon State Bar (OSB) Board of Governors (BOG) and was charged with developing a Diversity Action Plan (DAP) by the end of 2013. The DAC, made up of OSB directors and BOG representatives, developed a three-year DAP that was adopted by the BOG in November 2013. Implementation of the DAP commenced in January 2014 and continued until the end of 2016. The work of the DAC—in collaboration with an ad hoc Auxiliary Committee of specialty bar leaders, community stakeholders, and members of the OSB’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (ACDI)—continued in 2017, when development of the OSB’s second three-year DAP began.
To fully achieve the Oregon State Bar's mission we must ensure our programs, services, and activities are delivered in an inclusive and culturally responsive manner to our diverse bar and community. The OSB Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) will help to promote a systemic, collaborative, and strategic approach to achieve set goals and objectives to enhance the OSB's interest in advancing diversity and inclusion in the bar.
Promoting access to justice, encouraging respect for the rule of law, increasing the quality of legal services, and developing a diverse and inclusive bar are key components of the OSB's mission and values. The DAC serves in an advisory capacity to the OSB Executive Director. As stewards and agents of the OSB, the DAC is charged with developing an internal Diversity Action Plan (Plan) to ensure that the OSB's programs, services, and activities are delivered in an inclusive and culturally responsive manner to our diverse bar and community. Upon approval of the Plan by the Executive Director and adoption by the Board of Governors (BOG), the DAC is charged with implementation and ongoing monitoring of the Plan, including measuring progress toward achieving goals and objectives. Also, the DAC advises the Executive Director generally on matters related to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the OSB's mission.