Diversity & Inclusion

 “Diversity is strongly supported and encouraged in the profession and ALA membership, including differences of race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, color, geography, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, age, and disabilities, as well as political and religious affiliation, and socioeconomic or military status.” – ALA Membership Application

 Recently the ALA formed a Committee on Diversity & Inclusion that is dedicated to providing each ALA member with the tools and resources required to be a leader in meeting ALA's goal to "increase diversity and inclusion in the Association, in the legal management community and in all legal service organizations."  

The Golden Gate Chapter has been involved in several D&I initiatives. For many years the Chapter, with the help of its business partners, offered intern scholarships to City College of San Francisco students and helped to place them in law firms. That program wound down in 2014. New in 2015 the Chapter partnered with The Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco. The Center contains three components: Pro Bono Legal Services Program, the Homeless Advocacy Project, and the Diversity Educational Program.  Chapter members and attorneys from their firms helped to provide services in several of these programs. 

In addition, periodically, the Golden Gate Chapter presents Diversity & Inclusion (D&I)-themed sessions covering gender, generational, race, sexual orientation and other D&I issues. If you are interested in volunteering or have ideas for a D&I-themed event, please contact our chapter President.