The American legal profession has been struggling with the issue of being a more diverse and inclusive profession for over a century. Law firms, corporations, bar associations, law schools, and other governmental and not-for-profit entities have all provided leadership on the matter. Nevertheless, while some progress has been made, much is left to be accomplished and, in many quarters, there is frustration, exasperation and disappointment that more and faster progress has not occurred. Efforts continue apace but the breadth and complexity of the issue have resulted in disjointed, piecemeal endeavors, making it difficult for practicing lawyers, judges and others vested in achieving greater inclusion in the profession to gain a panoramic perspective and understanding of the profession’s efforts as a whole.

IILP’s annual “IILP Review: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession” and its national symposia on the subject attempt to correct that problem. The IILP Review and Symposia provide an easy and convenient source for data and information about diversity in the legal profession that makes it a readily accessible tool for those who work on diversity issues and an interesting and logical format for those seeking to educate themselves about the many facets of and challenges to diversity and inclusion.

At our most recent Chicago Sympoisa Olatunbosun (Jonathan) Osinaike, a Loyola Unversity Chicago Law Student remarked:

"I was fortunate to attend IILP's conference at Winston & Strawn, and appreciated the genuine spirit of the lawyers present. They echoed the Institute's passion for inclusion, transparency and trust. I'm grateful they shared their stories on how to persevere through the challenges in, and around, our legal system. Our time together has given me more faith in my peers, associates, and the industry as a whole... that these men and women truly strive for justice in service of others."

Our 2019 IILP Review will be published in the first quarter of 2019. Stay tuned for our 2019 Symposia dates and locations! We will bring our new Review content to 6-8 cities this coming year. Subscribe HERE to stay connected. 

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