MBA Diversity Award Nominations due October 31

The MBA is pleased to announce that it has established a new award that will honor individual attorneys, legal employers, or other legal organizations that have made a longstanding commitment to furthering diversity and inclusion in the MBA and Multnomah County legal community: the Diversity Award.


The Diversity Award, which was proposed by the MBA Equality & Diversity (E&D) Committee, seeks to recognize either an attorney, legal employer, or other legal organization that has demonstrated a strong commitment to promoting diversity and equality in the MBA and Multnomah County legal community. In proposing that the MBA establish this new award, the E&D Committee hopes that it will help to spotlight the various efforts of individuals, legal employers, or legal organizations in fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion, as well as encourage others in their own efforts.

The concept of "diversity" is made up of many dimensions that make it difficult to define. To the MBA, diversity is "an inclusive concept" that "encompasses, without limitation, race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, nationality, age, disability and marital and parental status." The MBA also recognizes that "achieving diversity is an evolutionary process that requires a continued renewal of our commitment to strategies of inclusion." (MBA Statement of Diversity Principles.)

Do you know of an individual attorney, legal employer, or other legal organization that has shown a long-term commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion in the MBA and Multnomah County legal community? If so, please complete a nomination form for the MBA Diversity Award. The nomination should include the efforts made, the impact of those efforts, and how the individual, legal employer, or legal organization exemplifies the principles set forth in the Statement of Diversity. Nomination forms are due October 31 to the MBA. The MBA will announce the recipient of the Diversity Award at the MBA Annual Meeting on May 16, 2017.



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