Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the NJSBA

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The New Jersey State Bar Association is committed to promoting and fostering a diverse and inclusive bar association. The Association recognizes that the broad concept of diversity includes race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age and disability. The NJSBA fosters and promotes an inclusive environment that gives value to the unique contributions of diverse individuals and organizations in all aspects of the Association. The NJSBA further recognizes that:

  • Increased diversity and inclusion efforts benefit not only the NJSBA, but also the entire legal profession and the greater community;
  • Bringing diverse individuals and viewpoints together creates opportunities for all;
  • Inclusive efforts must be supported by all Sections/Divisions/Committees of the NJSBA through continuous and heartfelt actions;
  • Diversity and inclusion requires ongoing training and education of the entire profession to break down barriers that have previously prevented progress;
  • Creating a diverse and inclusive environment requires commitment and consistent momentum towards the future of the profession, and requires unwavering commitment.

For these reasons, the New Jersey State Bar Association affirms its commitment to diversity and inclusion and will support the diversity and inclusion goals adopted by the American Bar Association, including: “Goal III, “Eliminate Bias and Enhance Diversity.” The NJSBA’s Diversity Objectives include promoting full and equal participation in the association, our profession, and the justice system by all persons; and eliminating bias in the legal profession and the justice system. To that end, the NJSBA will:

  • Support and maintain a Leadership Academy for all individuals, particularly attorneys newer to the profession, attorneys of color and other diverse attorneys that would benefit from intense yearlong training by legal scholars to help these individuals prepare for growth and leadership roles;
  • Increase access and representation of all minorities and diverse individuals in law firms, legal departments, bar associations, law schools and other organizations;
  • Measure and encourage hiring, recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys in the legal profession.

For more information, please see the NJSBA Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.

 

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Senior Managing Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Member Engagement serves as the staff liaison for the Diversity Committee and New Jersey diverse/affinity bar associations to develop strategies for increasing participation of diverse lawyers with the NJSBA. The position was created and charged with the task of working with member and leadership volunteers to developing initiatives that will catapult the diversity, equity and inclusion into the forefront of the New Jersey legal community and serve as a positive model for other New Jersey legal institutions.

If you are interested in learning more about NJSBA Diversity Initiatives, please contact Paula Saha at 732-214-8509 or [email protected].

Sections and Committees Related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Diversity Committee

The NJSBA Diversity Committee is a standing committee of that works with the entire NJSBA community to support the mission and vision of the NJSBA, and to ensure that diversity, in its many forms, is understood, respected and valued. The NJSBA Diversity Committee will guide efforts to conceptualize, assess, and cultivate diversity as an institutional and educational resource. The NJSBA works to promote equality in the profession and justice system and identifies ways in which the NJSBA can promote diversity in the practice of law. The NJSBA Diversity Committee seeks to collaborate with all sections and committees to ensure the full and equal access to and participation by individuals in the NJSBA, the legal profession and in the justice system regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. Standing Committee members are appointed by the NJSBA President on a yearly basis. See current committee membership here.

LGBTQ Rights Section

The LGBTQ Rights Section addresses issues that are of importance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the legal profession. It advocates for and promotes the civil and human rights of the LGBTQ community, strives to improve access to justice for LGBTQ individuals and works to advance professional opportunities for LGBTQ attorneys and judges. Interested in joining the section? Click here.

Minorities in the Profession Section

The Minorities in the Profession Section, or MIPS, mission is to promote the objectives of the New Jersey State Bar Association and to voice the interests and concerns of minority attorneys. The Section will hold forums and institutes for discussion of problems and questions relating to such interests. This Section will provide for the publication and dissemination of information and knowledge regarding such interests and any related field of law. The Section will consider legislation and will promote remedial law and procedures pertaining thereto. The Section will also encourage minorities to join the legal profession and the New Jersey State Bar Association. Interested in joining the section? Click here.

Special Committee on Racial Equity in the Law

The NJSBA Special Committee on Racial Equity in the Law will examine the impact of racial inequalities and racism within the practice of law and the administration of justice in New Jersey. The Committee will address institutional anti-Blackness within the State’s legal establishments and its impact on the practice of law. Based on its findings, the Committee will make recommendations to the NJSBA Board of Trustees to advance specific strategies and policies directed at improving fairness in the administration of justice; improving the practice of law for all practitioners; educating lawyers and Bar leaders about the impact of racism on law and justice; and preserving the independence and integrity of the judicial system. The work of the Committee is crucial to reach racial equity in the legal system and in the practice of law for all, and the Committee’s membership should be inclusive of representatives from throughout the state’s legal community, including the affinity bar associations.

Read more about the inception of the Commission on Racial Equity in the Law here.

NJSBA members can request appointment top the Commission on Racial Equity in the law here.

Women in the Profession Section

The Women in the Profession Section is dedicated to advancing women’s rights in the law and the legal profession. Interested in joining the section? Click here.

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Diversity


The New Jersey State Bar Association is committed to promoting and fostering a diverse and inclusive bar association. The Association recognizes that the broad concept of diversity includes race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age and disability. The NJSBA fosters and promotes an inclusive environment that gives value to the unique contributions of diverse individuals and organizations in all aspects of the Association.

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NJSBA Meetings and Events Calendar


From section, committee and division meetings with valuable CLE credit, to receptions and dinners and special events, the New Jersey State Bar Association regularly holds meetings so our members can meet their mandatory CLE requirements and network with the state’s largest attorney membership.

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2024 Family Law Retreat


The New Jersey State Bar Association is thrilled to announce the 2024 Family Law Retreat will be held in Costa Rica!

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2024 Annual Meeting & Convention


The New Jersey State Bar Association is thrilled to announce the 2024 Annual Meeting & Convention will be held at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa May 15-17

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Practice HQ Training Events


Lawyers aren't taught practice management skills, and the NJSBA is here to fill the gap — no matter whether you are just starting out, mid-career or thinking about wrapping up their practices. Our PracitceHQ is here to help with webinars, informative articles, free consultations, comparison charts and so much more.

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Decisis


The new NJSBA member benefit Decisis will help you level-up your legal research.

Decisis gives members access to a robust database of local and federal case law is necessary information often used to structure your case. Decisis provides industry-leading tools to make legal research easier and more intuitive, and it’s a free benefit to all active New Jersey State Bar Association members.

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The NJSBA provides a host of networking events so members can maintain relationships with existing colleagues and make new connects. Join us at a baseball game, the hockey arena, for a community service project, or another event.

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Benefits Of Membership


As a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), you will join a powerful network of 16,000 legal professionals across the state of New Jersey. NJSBA membership grants you access to year-round virtual and in-person networking events, leadership and professional development opportunities, member-only discounts, educational resources to help you stay in the know and much more!

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The NJSBA provides tools lawyers need to improve their practice, from our comprehensive PracticeHQ library of resources; a career center to find your next colleague or opportunity; an intuitive and high-powered legal research platform; and a robust Member Assistance Program to connect members, and those who live in their households, with experienced counselors and resources to address mental health needs.

 

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Membership helps you build and maintain a powerful network through our in-person and online events with attorneys all over the state.

 

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The New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) offers an exclusive partnership opportunity to amplify your organization’s impact and drive success. By harnessing the power of the NJSBA legal community, you can connect with our vibrant network of 16,000 legal professionals from 35+ different areas of practice, unlocking unparalleled opportunities for growth and achievement.

 

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