Resolution passed by the OSB Board of Governors on June 24, 2011:
OREGON STATE BAR BOARD OF GOVERNORS RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE 2011 CONVOCATION ON EQUALITY
WHEREAS diversity within the legal profession, which is reflective of the diversity of cultures, experiences, abilities, race, and sexual orientation of Oregonians, is crucial to pursuing access to justice for all;
WHEREAS the Oregon State Bar is committed to serving and valuing its diverse communities, to advancing equality in the judicial and criminal justice systems, and to removing barriers within those systems;
WHEREAS the Oregon State Bar embraces its diverse constituencies and is committed to the elimination of bias in the Judicial and criminal justice systems;
WHEREAS the Oregon legal community has made much progress but has much more work to do to reach these important goals;
WHEREAS achieving equality in the judicial and criminal justice systems will require ongoing concerted and focused efforts by Oregon attorneys, legal professionals and community leaders;
WHEREAS the 2011 Convocation on Equality seeks to embody and advance these values and efforts, as it celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the first Convocation on Equality in 2001;
WHEREAS the programs, panels and presentations at the 2011 Convocation will advance diversity awareness in a number of communities, including attorneys wishing to increase their cultural competency and understanding of diverse communities; employers seeking to increase diversity in the workplace; diverse attorneys hoping to build leadership skills and to advance their professional and volunteer‐service careers; and diversity supporters looking to support diversity efforts;
WHEREAS the 2011 Convocation on Equality is a keystone event that will bring positive attention and focus to the Oregon State Bar’s efforts toward inclusion of all;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
We support the 2011 Convocation on Equality and encourage bar members and community leaders throughout the state of Oregon to attend and to participate;
We, as the leadership of the Oregon State Bar, agree to review the reports generated at the Convocation and to consider whether to adopt or implement any specific recommendations.
We recognize and support the work of the OSB Diversity Section and other organizations and agencies to implement the Convocation’s objectives and goals, consistent with the Bar’s commitment to advancing diversity in the Oregon legal community and access to justice for all Oregonians.