Wisconsin State Bar: Working Toward an Inclusive Profession

We are all human beings. But as human beings – as products of where we grew up and our genetic and gender makeup – we all have conscious or unconscious biases that affect our thoughts and actions.

“Until we are able to learn and accept those things, it is a challenge to create an inclusive society,” said Janet Green Marbley of Columbus, Ohio, chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the ABA’s Center for Professional Responsibility.

Green Marbley praised the recent work of the State Bar Diversity and Inclusion Oversight Committee and the Diversity Task Force, including its definitions of diversity and inclusion, adopted by the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors. The committee serves as the State Bar’s diversity “think tank” to assist, coordinate, and facilitate diversity and inclusion efforts within the organization.

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The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity was established in 2003 as a center for interdisciplinary research at The Ohio State University. The Kirwan Institute works to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have opportunity to succeed.