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Diversity and Inclusion 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.

Unanimously approved by the CBA House of Delegates on 03/23/15.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee

The Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee is charged with implementing the Diversity and Inclusion Policy and will adopt, monitor, and promote a diversity and inclusion plan to achieve a genuine, sustainable diverse and inclusive environment within the CBA, throughout its membership and the Connecticut legal community at large.

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The Connecticut Legal Community’s Diversity & Inclusion Pledge & Plan

The Pledge and Plan brings together legal leaders in the state to enhance diversity and inclusion in the Connecticut legal community. Connecticut legal organizations can sign a pledge to create more diverse and inclusive environments and be apart of a collective plan to achieve this goal.

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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Summit

 The Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Summit: The Collaborative Blueprint is an innovative and collaborative professional development experience designed to empower leaders in the legal profession to act toward making Connecticut a more diverse and inclusive bench and bar. Through collaborative workshops and panel discussions, you will gain knowledge and inspiration to help you lead your organization into a revolutionary transformation that will make a positive effect in the realm of diversity and inclusion in the state of Connecticut.

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CBA Pipeline Initiatives

CBA Pipeline Initiative programs encouraging talented and diverse students to consider a legal career.

LAW Camp

Pathways to Legal Careers

CBA Future of the Legal Profession Scholars Program

The CBA Future of the Legal Profession Scholarship Program (FLPSP) aims to address the lack of representation in the legal field and to increase the pipeline of diverse talent that enters the legal profession in Connecticut. As part of the program, participants will receive a scholarship to take the LSAT preparation course and participate in events and programs to prepare them for their law school journey and engage them with the Connecticut legal community.
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    The CBA denounces all acts of hate, violence, and discrimination that violate constitutional rights, stifle social justice, and undermine the rule of law.
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Member Spotlights

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    Tuesday, October 18, 2022

    Kimberly Jacobsen is a Managing Director and Commission Attorney of Employment Matters at the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities (CHRO). She manages attorneys, investigators, and support staff; serves as a resource for the agency’s regional offices; and is involved in the preparation of the agency’s legislative proposals. She has special interests in breastfeeding rights, disability law, and mediation.
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    Thursday, September 29, 2022

    Steven Hernández is the Executive Director of The Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity &Opportunity, a non-partisan agency of the Connecticut General Assembly. He previously served the state legislature as Director of Public Policy and Research for the Connecticut Commission on Children.
  • Enelsa Diaz Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month Member Spotlight | Enelsa Diaz

    Thursday, September 29, 2022

    Enelsa Diaz is a managing attorney at Greater Hartford Legal Aid (GHLA), where she has worked for 15 years. She supervises GHLA’s family violence and sexual assault work, including the organization’s Restraining Order program, Family Law unit, and Immigration unit. She has also served as a co-chair of GHLA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee for the past five years.