Presentation on theme: "“Growing a Diverse Legal Community” - ABA’s Goal IX, 2002 Sandra Yamate, Director ABA Commission On Racial and Ethnic."— Presentation transcript:
“Growing a Diverse Legal Community” - ABA’s Goal IX, 2002 Sandra Yamate, Director ABA Commission On Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession ABA Bar Leader May-June 2002
a recruitment and retention strategy for ethnic minority law students
Enter starting address Enter destination address Bag End, Hobbiton, The Shire The Cracks of Doom, Mordor Get Directions
Enter starting address Enter destination address Young Selena of Portland, Oregon Law School USA; Portland Law firm Get Directions
ALLOCATIVE NON-ALLOCATIVE Funding Outreach (OLIO) * Scholarships* Orientation * Clerkship Stipends* Networking * Public Honors * Workshops Fellowships - Study * Bar Exam Grants - Bar Exam - LWR * Emp. Retreat * Clerkship Luncheons
Recruit for difference. Recognize and retain for sameness.
- College of Hard Knocks Ethnic Minority and “White” law students come to the legal community and leave the legal community for the same reasons.
“An individual’s approach to learning and demonstration of what he or she has learned is influenced by the values, norms, and socialization practices of the culture in which that individual has been enculturated.” “Teaching American Indian Students” - Jon Reyhner, editor
- OLIO Trial & Error Individuals progress faster, cheaper, better as a group.
OLIO Orientation Turbocharging Law Study; Legal Writing BOWLIO Employment Retreat Spring Social (graduating students) Bar Exam Workshop Clerkship Luncheons
Culture of Origin Culture of Choice yourself the law Pride Diligence Resilience Familial Bonds Stamina Sense of Community Self Confidence Honor Advocacy Respect Reward Stature Justice Fairness Equality
Culture of Origin Culture of Choice yourself the law Pride... ShamePride... Shame Diligence... DefeatDiligence... Defeat Resilience... Auto pilotResilience... Auto pilot Familial Bonds... IsolationFamilial Bonds... Isolation Stamina... DeflationStamina... Deflation Community... LonelinessCommunity... Loneliness Self Confidence... Self doubtSelf Confidence... Self doubt Honor... EmptinessHonor... Emptiness White Predominantly Male Aggressive Self-centered Hierarchical Rude Condescending Predictable
Culture of Origin OLIO yourself builds/restores Pride Diligence Resilience Familial Bonds Stamina Confidence Self Confidence Honor Community - connect with others similarly situated (across school lines) Skills in safe settings (law study and bar exam) Alliances outside of community Veteran ties (students & lawyers) OSB's “Next Gens”
Don’t rely solely on Match.com Do set up multi-partner blind dates - avoid 1:1 Do make date settings memorable Do capitalize on culture Do actively break barriers Do train the “mentee” how to train the mentor Don’t solely rely on the Power of OneDon’t solely rely on the Power of One Do construct an unincorporated village Do include Weird Uncle Al & Loud Auntie Stella For the Younger... Don’t focus on “Lawyer Model” For the Younger... Don’t focus on “Lawyer Model” Do focus on the fun & adventure of the learning process Do include Primary Caregivers (caveats per OLIO)