Diversity & Inclusion
The D&I Department administers a number of programs to support its mission, the flagship program for law students being the Opportunites for Law in Oregon (OLIO) Program.
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.
The following video provides a window into the OLIO program and its benefits, in the participants' own words:
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 first-year law students at Oregon's three law schools. 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.
OLIO participants also have opportunities to reconnect throughout the year at several OLIO events. More information about OLIO and other D&I programs.
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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)
The Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee serves as a key resource to assist the OSB in advancing diversity and inclusion in all the bar’s mission areas, programs and activities. This committee of 21 volunteer attorneys, one OSB liaison, one Board of Governor's Contact and two public members is a critical part of the Diversity & Inclusion Department.
ACDI Committee Roster
|Ms. Rutledge, Kasia E||Chairperson|
|Ms. Masih, Aruna A||Secretary|
|Mr. Aggrey, Nathaniel||Member|
|Ms. Carter, Ashley M||Member|
|Mr. Hernandez, Tomas||Member|
|Ms. Krant, Susan Bradley||Member|
|Ms. Low, May Y||Member|
|Ms. Martinez, Melina||Member|
|Ms. McGlaughlin, Sarah E||Member|
|Ms. Montag, Andrea G.||Member|
|Mr. Nguyen, Toan-Hao B||Member|
|Ms. Reading, Julie D||Member|
|Ms. Reddy, SreeVamshi C||Member|
|Mr. Spyker, Javier D||Member|
|Ms. Summer, Miranda||Member|
|Ms. Wadia, Yazmin||Member|
|Cowal, Janet T||Public Member|
|Range, Juanita||Public Member|
|Ms. Commissiong, Nicole Rachael||Advisory Member|
|Ms. Kim, Janna Beth M||Advisory Member|
|Ms. Myles, Phylis Chadwell||Advisory Member|
|Ms. Graham, Kamron L||BOG Contact|
|Ms. Gregory, Shari R||OAAP Liaison|
|Mr. Gzik, Ralph Edward||NLD Liaison|
|Puente, Jonathan||Bar Liaison|
Diversity & Inclusion Staff
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
phone: (503) 431-6337
fax: (503) 684-1366
Diversity & Inclusion - Internal Coordinator
phone: (503) 431-6338
fax: (503) 598-6938
Oregon Law Schools
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.
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:
University of Oregon School of Law
Willamette University College of Law
OAPABA - Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association
President: Sara Ghafouri - firstname.lastname@example.org
President-Elect: Kristin Asai - email@example.com
OAPABA’s Mission Statement:
Advancement: To promote the professional development and advancement of APA attorneys through education, research and programs.
Advocacy: To act as a vehicle and forum for expressing opinions on matters of concern to APA attorneys and our communities.
Communication: To encourage and foster communication among APA attorneys on issues affecting our work, communities and government.
OCLA - Oregon Chinese Lawyers Association
President: Emery Wang - firstname.lastname@example.org
The OCLA is a directory of Chinese-speaking lawyers in Oregon. The Oregon Chinese Lawyers Association helps identify lawyers in Oregon who speak Chinese, to better provide legal services to Oregon’s Chinese-speaking community. Lawyers who speak Chinese are relatively uncommon in Oregon. The OCLA was formed to identify Chinese-speaking lawyers in the state, to help connect Chinese-speaking lawyers in different practice areas with the Chinese-speaking clients who need their services. If you are a lawyer who speaks Chinese, OCLA would love to hear from you. Membership in OCLA is free. To become a member, please contact Emery Wang.
OCNBA – Oregon Chapter of National Bar Association
The OC-NBA is Oregon’s bar association for Black attorneys. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
OFALA – Oregon Filipino American Lawyers Association
President: Hon. Janelle Factora Wipper - firstname.lastname@example.org
President-Elect: Peter Sabido
OFALA is the Oregon Filipino American Lawyers Association, formed to serve the Filipino American legal community in Oregon. They are a professional association of Filipino American judges, lawyers, law students and legal professionals, and supporters. They work together to share and validate their experiences as Filipino American legal professionals, increase the visibility of Filipino American legal professionals and their accomplishments, promote equality and multiculturalism by increasing diversity within the Oregon State Bar and within the broader legal system, empower Oregon’s Filipino American community by increasing its access to the legal system, cultivate relationships between the Oregon Filipino American Lawyers Association and other Filipino American organizations, and, last but not least, celebrate Filipino American culture and heritage. OFALA is an affiliate of the National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA).
OGALLA – The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon
Chair: Cierra Brown - email@example.com
OGALLA, the LGBT Bar Association of Oregon, is an association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lawyers, judges, legal workers, law students, and others who support the association's purposes. Founded in January of 1991, OGALLA was created as a statewide organization to support the needs of sexual minorities and gender non-conforming people in the legal profession. OGALLA has nearly 150 members, and is associated with the National LGBT Bar, an affiliate of the American Bar Association.
OHBA – Oregon Hispanic Bar Association
Claudia Garcia Groberg
Gabriela Sanchez - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA) was founded in 2002 to improve the conditions for lawyers of Hispanic heritage in Oregon. One of the oldest affinity bars, OHBA encourages Latinx individuals to become attorneys; collaborates with other organizations to retain Latinx legal professionals; raises awareness of Latinx legal issues; supports Latinx law students and legal professionals; and celebrates the achievement of Latinx legal professionals.
OHBA has a rich history of creating and supporting programs and scholarships to achieve its mission, including an annual $1,000 scholarship to support Oregon Latinx high school students interested in pursuing legal careers; three scholarships to Latinx students from Oregon’s law schools to attend the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Annual Convention and to compete in the HNBA’s national moot court competition; the Evening With series designed to profile Latinx leaders; and its Annual Awards Dinner. OHBA also hosts numerous continuing legal education panels and networking events designed to highlight prominent Latinx attorneys and others in the legal profession.
OMLA – Oregon Minority Lawyers Association
Co-chair: Chase Morinaka - email@example.com
Co-chair: Louise Hansen
Founded in 1991, OMLA sponsors numerous activities and programs each year, including:
- Networking and Social events in Portland, Salem, Eugene and Bend.
- Fundraising for their Bar Exam Preparation Scholarship.
- Scholarship Administration for the Angel Lopez Scholarship, Business Law Section Scholarship and Litigation Section Scholarships.
- Quarterly Luncheons on issues of interest to their membership. Past speakers have included the Governor of Oregon, Supreme Court Justices, and many prominent minority attorneys.
- Participation in statewide committees and task forces including the Oregon Supreme Court Task force on Racial and Ethnic issues in the Judicial System and the OSB Diversity section.
- Amicus Curiae briefs filed on issues such as Interpreters in the Courtroom and same sex marriages.
- Sponsorship of Legal Education Programs including the Oregon State Bar Diversity & Inclusion Department’s Opportunities for Law in Oregon, Oregon Hate Crimes Conference (2000), Convocation on Equality (2001), Attorney Recruitment and Retention (2001), ABA National Conference of the Minority Lawyer (2003-2005).
- A monthly electronic newsletter with a distribution of over 700 attorneys. The e-newsletter contains information about upcoming OMLA sponsored events, events of interest to the community, as well as job opportunities and announcements.
OWLS – Oregon Women Lawyers
Executive Director: Linda Tomassi - firstname.lastname@example.org
President: Amber Hollister
President-Elect: Hon. Allison Boomer
The mission of Oregon Women Lawyers is to transform the practice of law and ensure justice and equality by advancing women and minorities in the legal profession.
The principal purposes of Oregon Women Lawyers are:
- To promote equal rights and opportunities for women and minorities within the legal profession and the justice system
- To promote full participation of women and minorities in the organized bar and in the legislative and judicial branches of government.
- To provide opportunities for women and minorities in the legal profession to support and educate one another
- To improve the quality and image of the legal profession in Oregon
- To actively promote equality and fair treatment of all people within the legal profession and in society.
OSB Diversity Section
OSB Indian Law
External Scholarship Opportunities for Law Students
Other Diversity Resources
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