Take the Pledge to Challenge Disparity and Build Diversity
Take the Pledge
I pledge to…
- Actively identify and address issues of disparity involving women attorneys and attorneys of color in my spheres of influence.
- Design and participate in initiatives within my law firm or other place of employment that address issues of disparity against women attorneys and attorneys of color.
- Participate in the Western New York legal community’s efforts to address issues of disparity and increase diversity and inclusion.
- Support my colleagues, financially or otherwise, in their efforts to implement the Pledge.
Challenge Disparity, Build Diversity
This initiative is brought to you by the following organizations
Whereas, COVID-19 has a demonstrably disparate impact on women lawyers, lawyers of color, and law students of color;
Whereas, the BAEC believes that a diversified bar in all aspects of our profession is a stronger bar now and in the future;
Whereas, diversifying the practicing bar in Erie County is a core value of the BAEC and central to fulfilling our mission;
Whereas, the BAEC believes that raising awareness of the disparate impact of COVID-19 on women lawyers, lawyers of color and law students of color will help mitigate actions that adversely affect these affected groups;
Therefore, it is hereby resolved:
The BAEC encourages all of its members to recognize and educate others about the disparate impact of COVID-19 on women lawyers, lawyers of color, and law students of color.
The BAEC supports scheduling the NYS Bar Exam to accommodate non-first-time takers.
The BAEC supports flexibility and civility in scheduling matters with opposing counsel and employees during this pandemic.
The BAEC encourages firms and employers to remain committed to diversity in hiring and promotions during COVID-19, including partnerships and internships and to take a pledge to do so and promote that pledge, Challenge Disparity, Build Diversity.;
The BAEC shall hire a Say Yes Intern.
The BAEC shall create and support a giving circle philanthropy program that will be dedicated to providing funds to support the advancement of women lawyers, lawyers of color, and law students of color in the law.
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