Diversity & Inclusion

ALA Silicon Valley Chapter fosters an environment of awareness and respect.

ALA Silicon Valley Chapter supports the ALA Diversity Initiative's aim to increase awareness of and sensitivity to the differences among our workforce and to advance the concept of inclusiveness and acceptance. ALA’s goal is to increase diversity and inclusion in the Association, in the legal management community, and in all legal service organizations.

 "Diversity is about recognizing, respecting and valuing differences based on ethnicity, gender, color, age, race, religion, disability, national origin and sexual orientation. It also includes an infinite range of individual unique characteristics and experiences, such as communication style, career path, life experience, educational background, geographic location, income level, marital status, military experience, parental status and other variables that influence personal perspectives.

These life experiences and personal perspectives make us react and think differently, approach challenges and solve problems differently, make suggestions and decisions differently, and see different opportunities. Diversity, then, is also about diversity of thought. And superior business performance requires tapping into these unique perspectives."1

Below is a list of resources gathered by ALASVC that we hope will be helpful to our members and the legal community to enhance diversity within our organizations. 

1 Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Business Case for Diversity

Monthly Spotlight
on Diversity

United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Diversity Calendar

News & Upcoming Events

Resolution 113 Adopted by ABA

Last August, the American Bar Association adopted Resolution 113, which urges all providers of legal services, including law firms and corporations, to expand and create opportunities at all levels of responsibility for diverse attorneys. It also urges clients to direct a greater percentage of the legal services they purchase to diverse attorneys. “Diverse” attorneys means attorneys who are included within the ambit of Goal III of the ABA: “…[M]inorities, women, persons with disabilities [mental, physical and sensory], and persons of differing sexual orientations and gender identities.”

Lavender Law Comes to San Francisco  

In early August, Lavender Law – the annual conference of the National LGBT Bar Association – will be held in San Francisco. Pass the word! 

Annual Reception Honoring Unsung Heroes

Presented by the Santa Clara County Bar Association - Diversity Committee

May 9, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Fallon House Gardens
175 W. St. John Street
San Jose, California 95113

Each year the Diversity Committee of the Santa Clara County Bar Association presents the Unsung Heroes Awards, recognizing individuals and organizations in our community, regardless of ethnicity, who have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to encouraging the advancement of minorities in the legal profession or promoting equal access to the administration of justice for individuals.

REGISTER NOW: Annual Reception Honoring Unsung Heroes