The Ohio Women’s Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee seeks to recognize a law firm, company or other legal organization that has a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within the profession. The Committee will consider an applicant’s trailblazing efforts in one or more of the following ways:
Supporting and encouraging diverse individuals to reach their legal career and personal goals and ensuring opportunities for the advancement of women attorneys. For example, serving as a firm or association leader, or mentor or other participant in one or more pipeline programs.
Promoting inclusive workplaces. For example, creating affinity groups, diversity committees, or otherwise increasing opportunities for diverse individuals in the profession, including the judiciary, with a particular focus on women, including women of color.
Creating organizational change and establishing an inclusive work environment. For example, fostering leadership development, innovation and knowledge sharing aimed at enhancing the status of diverse individuals in the legal profession, providing research and study or development of educational programming on issues of importance to diverse individuals throughout the legal community.
Publicizing the distinct and vital contributions diverse individuals make to the legal profession. For example, promoting pro bono legal representation and service to diversity causes and enhancing opportunities on behalf of diverse individuals in the Ohio Women’s Bar Association or other bar associations, and advocating for the rights of those from diverse backgrounds.
Using the organization’s power and resources to advance the position of diverse individuals in the legal profession and in their community. For example, exhibiting efforts to diversify the legal profession through community involvement, collaboration amongst members of the legal and civic community, and corporate or law firm commitments to diversity.
Deadline: Nominations Will Be Accepted until Friday, March 24, 2017.
The awards will be presented during the Ohio Women’s Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon on May 12, 2017. Click here for more information.