Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity Statement

The Federal Bar Association (FBA) supports the full and equal access to, and participation by, all individuals in the Association, the legal profession, and the justice system regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other unique attribute. The FBA recognizes that achieving diversity in the legal profession requires the Association's continued effort and commitment. The FBA is committed to diversity throughout the Association.

Special Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion

Recognizing that the FBA must tirelessly and relentlessly work to ensure that the organization fully reflects our broad legal and greater communities, the FBA formed this Special Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion (“Task Force”) to prepare a strategic plan for moving forward. The mission of our Task Force is to work with candor, reflection, and intention to understand where the FBA is today with regard to cultivating a diverse and inclusive federal legal community and to develop a concrete plan of action for where we aim to be.

The Task Force is developing a Strategic Plan for Diversity & Inclusion (“Strategic Plan”) to ensure that a diverse and inclusive federal legal community continues to be an organizational priority in the years to come. In undertaking this work, the Task Force is keenly aware that our federal judges, our colleagues in the corporate legal community, and our colleagues in affinity bar organizations have long been working to advance an inclusive federal bar. As such, the Task Force has convened Judicial and Corporate Counsel Advisory Panels to provide insight and guidance in our work. We also are also strengthening our relationship with other organizations through Affinity Bar Liaisons with organizations including (A) Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association, (B) Disability Rights Bar Association, (C) Hispanic National Bar Association, (D) National Asian Pacific Bar Association (“NAPABA”); (E) National Bar Association (“NBA”), (F) National Association of Women Lawyers (“NAWL”); (G) National LGBT Bar Association; (H) National Native American Bar Association (“NNABA”); and (I) the ABA Commission on Disability Rights.

The Strategic Plan, which is now being finalized, is based on the five goals that the Task Force identified at the onset of our work:
1. Engage in ongoing and effective communication with diverse legal communities about what the FBA does (its mission, activities, programs, and opportunities) and why it is important (the value proposition).
2. Increase diversity of the FBA’s membership.
3. Increase diversity of the FBA’s leadership.
4. Integrate commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout the infrastructure of the FBA.
5. Leverage and build external partnerships to advance diversity and inclusion in the FBA.

The Plan sets forth specific action items, leaders who are responsible for carrying those action items to fruition, and timelines for each action. Although the plan likely will recommend that the FBA establish a standing committee dedicated to issues around diversity and inclusion, our larger goal is to institutionalize responsibility for inclusion throughout every level and function of the organization. In other words, the Strategic Plan will not limit responsibility for this ongoing work to a D&I committee. Rather, purposeful inclusion will be the responsibility of every leader and member of the organization and integrated into the way we do business at every level.

Members of the Task Force and the Judicial and Corporate Counsel Advisory Panels are listed below. The Task Force plans to present the final Strategic Plan to the FBA Board by the end of 2019.


FBA Special Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion 2019

Dominick Alcid, Federal Bar Association
Rachel A. Alexander, Wiley Rein LLP
Chirag Badlani, Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd.
Brett Alan Barfield, Holland & Knight
Nadia P. Bermudez, Klinedinst PC
Francesca Braga, Fordham University – School of Law
Selby P. Brown, Dechert LLP
Chalon N. Clark, Husch Blackwell LLP
Jennifer Coates, Bowman and Brooke
Hon. Robin Feder, Rhode Island Chapter
Darrel Gardner, Affinity Bar Liaison—ABA D&I Committee
Tina Goel, Taylor Ryan LLC
Anne R. Gordon, PriceWaterhouseCooper
William D. Goren, Affinity Bar Liaison—Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association; Disability Rights Association
Jonathan Hafen, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless
Peggy Hunt, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Hassanayn Joseph, Center for Equal Justice
Dora Kaufman, Liebler, Gonzalez & Portuondo
Brandon King, Baker McKenzie
Stacy King, Federal Bar Association
LaKisha Kinsey-Sallis, Fisher Phillips LLP
Eddie Kirtley, Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office
Lisa M. Kpor, Holland & Knight LLP
Scott Lopez, Lawson & Weitzen, LLP
Jamie C.S. Madriaga, Cox Wootton Lerner
Lariss J. Maldonado, Stinson Leonard Street
TJ McGrath, Congressional Budget Office
Olivera Medenica, Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP
Hon. Karoline Mehalchick, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Steven R. Miller, Federal Bar Association
Matthew Moreland, Jim Hall and Associates, LLC
Hon. Michael Newman, Southern District of Ohio
Tara C. Norgard, Carlson Caspers Law Firm
Nathan Olin, Olin Lippiello LLP
Kelly Fitzgerald Pate, Balch & Bingham LLP
Hon. Delissa A. Ridgeway, U.S. Court of International Trade
Robert Osley Saunooke, Saunooke Law Firm P.A.
Kelly Scalise, Liskow & Lewis
Vildan Teske, Minnesota Chapter
Hon. Mimi Tsankov, SDNY Chapter
Chelsea A. Walcker, Robins Kaplan
Joel Williams, Affinity Bar Liaison for the National Native American Bar Association

FBA Special Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Panels and Related Organizations (as of July 1, 2019)

Judicial Advisory Panel

*Judge Michael J. Davis (D. Minn.)
*Judge Donovan W. Frank (D. Minn.)
*Magistrate Judge Michael Newman (S.D. Ohio)
Judge Bernice Donald (6th Cir.)
Judge Kathleen O’Malley (Fed. Cir.)
Chief Judge Ruben Castillo (N.D. Ill.)
Chief Judge Patti Saris (D. Mass.)
Chief Judge Gustavo Gelpi (D. P.R.)
Chief Judge Lynn Winmill (D. Utah)
Judge Gonzalo Curiel (S.D. Calif. San Diego)
Judge Diane Humetewa (D. Arizona)
Judge Sarah S. Vance (E.D. Louisiana)
Senior Judge Kathryn Vratil (D. Kansas)
Senior Judge Claudia Wilken (N.D. Calif. Oakland)
Ret. Judge Tim Lewis (3d Cir.)
Ret. Judge Shira Scheindlin (S.D.N.Y.)

*Founding member of Judicial Advisory Panel

Corporate Advisory Panel

Kim Rivera, General Counsel, HP
Don Liu, General Counsel, Target
Jim Chosy, General Counsel, US Bank
Anna Richo, General Counsel, Cargill
Ann Anaya, Chief Diversity Officer and Global D&I Strategic Lead, 3M
Alan Bryan, Senior Associate General Counsel, Walmart
Malini Moorthy, Vice President & Chief Deputy Counsel, Medtronic
Lynn Anderson, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Holiday Companies
Sarah Dodds-Brown, Senior Vice President and Managing Counsel, American Express
Craig Silliman, General Counsel, Verizon
Nancy Laben, Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, Booz Allen Hamilton

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