Advancing Diversity in the Legal Profession in Colorado and Beyond
We’re leading the way by collaborating with a network of organizations to support diverse professionals across the career spectrum and facilitate the creation of inclusive workplaces.
“CLI is dedicated to advancing diversity in the legal profession by actively educating and supporting private and public sector legal organizations in their own individual campaigns to create cultures of inclusion.” Mission Statement
The Center for Legal Inclusiveness is a premier organization offering a holistic and facilitative approach to creating inclusive workplaces for legal professionals.
Since 2007, we’ve been at the center of a network of leaders from every sector of the legal community – law firms, legal departments, judiciary entities, law schools, government offices, public interest groups, and bar associations – who are working to advance diversity in the profession.
About Diversity and Inclusiveness
Do you know that the legal profession is ranked as one of the lowest among all professions for racial and ethnic diversity?
- Women have made up about 50% of law students for over 20 years, but they only make up only 36% of legal professionals and only 21% of partners at large law firms (NALP, 2016)
- Female equity partners at large firms typically earn 80% of the compensation earned by male equity partners (NALP, 2016)
- Racial and ethnic minorities made up almost 27% of 2014 law school graduates, yet they make up only 14% of lawyers and 8% of partners at large firms (NALP, 2015)
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender attorneys represent about 2% of attorneys (compared to an estimated 3 to 5% of the general population (NALP, 2015)
- After eight years, 86% of minority female associates have left the legal profession, and minority females comprise less than 2% of partners in larger law firms (ABA, 2006)
Although the legal profession has focused on improving diversity in recent years, it takes additional knowledge and effort to embrace inclusiveness in the legal workplace. While diversity is about recruiting underrepresented professionals, inclusiveness is about retaining and advancing these professionals.
Inclusiveness is about creating a culture where everyone has a voice and where differences are celebrated in order to achieve shared success. These differences include:
- age and generation
- race, ethnicity, heritage, and national origin
- gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation
- abilities and disabilities
- faith, religion, and spiritual beliefs
Our programs give individuals and organizations the tools they need to create inclusive workplaces that sustain diversity in the legal profession.