Statement First Step in Long-term Commitment to Making Statewide Legal Community More Inclusive
In an effort to foster increased diversity and inclusiveness within the association as well as the Connecticut legal community at large, the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) has adopted a formal diversity policy.
Unanimously approved by the CBA House of Delegates, the association’s primary decision-making and policy-making body, on March 23, the policy statement will serve as a benchmark to increase diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the association’s activities.
Diversity has been at the forefront of Mark A. Dubois’ 2014-2015 term as CBA President. “Diversity is key to keeping the CBA a growing and relevant professional organization” Dubois said. “Our House of Delegates has overwhelmingly supported our leadership in making this a priority for the future.”
Though Dubois’ tenure as leader of the association will come to a close at the end of June, incoming President William H. Clendenen, Jr. and incoming President-elect Monte E. Frank have committed to continuing his work and will be taking the lead on progressing inclusivity initiatives over the next two years.
Connecticut Bar Association Diversity Policy
The Connecticut Bar Association is committed to diversity in its membership, officers, staff, House of Delegates, Board of Governors, executive committee, sections and committees, and their respective leaders. Diversity is an inclusive concept encompassing gender, gender identity, race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, and disability.
We are a richer and more effective association because of diversity, as it increases our association’s strengths, capabilities, and adaptability. Through increased diversity, our organization can more effectively address member and societal needs with the varied perspectives, experiences, knowledge, information, and understanding inherent in a diverse relationship.