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

SEASONAL CELEBRATIONS & OBSERVANCES

Knowledge of cultural and religious holidays and celebrations may enhance your workplace diversity & inclusion efforts.

Here are some upcoming events you may be able to work into your planning:

April is Autism Awareness Month

Established to raise awareness about the developmental disorder that affects children’s normal development of social and communication skills.

  • April 1: Easter, a holiday celebrated by Christians
  • April 2: World Autism Awareness Day
  • April 8: Orthodox Easter also known as Pascha
  • April 13: Lailat-al-Miraj, a Muslim 
  • April 14: Vaisakhi (also spelled Baisakhi),a Sikh celebration 
  • April 20-May 2: The Festival of Ridvan, a holiday celebrated by those of the Baha’i Faith
  • April 22: Earth Day promotes peace and sustainability of planet Earth 
  • April 23 (Evening) - April 24 (Evening): Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • April 24: Armenian Martyrs’ Day 
  • April 27: the Day of Silence, recognized by LGBTQ and Ally communities

BAY AREA MINORITY SUMMER CLERKSHIP PROGRAM

The Santa Clara County Bar Association is seeking mentoring firms for its 2018 program. 

Since its founding in 1990, BAMSCP has helped law firms and other organizations recruit over 300 minority law students into their summer clerkship programs.

The purpose of BAMSCP is to introduce talented minority first-year law students who might not have been selected for a traditional summer program to the firm or corporate experience, while at the same time helping firms to further diversity goals and provide opportunities to young lawyers.

For more information, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/y8opmfsd