The State Bar of Nevada is committed to addressing the issue of diversity through open dialogues on diversity, equity and inclusion. Diversity is the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs.

We will curate and share resources that will assist law firms in promoting the benefits of diversity and inclusion in the firm setting and assisting firms to meet their diversity and inclusion goals.


Become a Partner in DEI

The State Bar of Nevada recognizes the commitment that law firms and legal organizations have made to incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in their practices. We invite law firms to display their commitment to DEI by becoming a partner in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by proudly displaying this medallion on your firm’s website, marketing materials, or anywhere else you would like to promote your commitment to DEI!

Click here for more information on how to earn a DEI medallion, get recognition for your hard work, and become a partner in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Medallions are earned annually, and the image is provided upon completion of at least 5 DEI initiatives.  For more information, contact Judi De Marco at judid@nvbar.org.

 

2024 Partners in Diversity:

  • Eglet Adams Eglet Ham Henroid
  • Tiffany & Bosco
  • Hone Law
  • TALG
  • Kaempfer Crowell
  • McDonald Carano
  • Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
  • Wilson Elser
  • H&P Law
  • Clark Hill
  • Parsons Behle & Latimer
  • Nevada Legal Services
  • Goldsmith and Guymon
  • Dickinson Wright

Here is a list of our 2023 Partners in Diversity


Challenge Events

In 2024, the State Bar of Nevada celebrated Black History Month by hosting a Seven Days of Self-Awareness Challenge to help augment awareness, empathy, compassion, and determination to stand for racial equality.

What is the challenge?

The challenge is done individually and at your own pace, by reading, listening, and viewing recommendations from a curated list. The goal of exploring his media list is to assist participants in becoming more aware and engaged.

The recommended assignments are short, typically taking 15 minutes or less each day. The list includes media focused on the Black American experience, with perspectives on Black history, identity, and culture. It also specifically includes perspectives from Black lawyers and judges in America.

Previous challenge events include:


State Bar of Nevada DEI Survey

In partnership with the University of Nevada Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies, we recently surveyed Nevada attorneys about their issues and attitudes regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Grant Sawyer Center prepared its findings in this report. We also prepared a condensed report highlighting some of the Grant Sawyer findings.


Time to File Your IDEA Grant Report?!

Click here for Reporting Form

 

 


CLEs

Videos on Demand:


Articles

ASAE “DEI Is Fundamental to Successful Board Leadership” 

Forbes  “4 Ways to Create a More Diverse Workforce that Inspires Innovation”

NPR “There is No Neutral, Nice White People can Still be Complicit in a Racist Society”

Nevada Lawyer  “DEI Crucial Elements of Lawyer Well-Being”


Hiring Guide

As employers know, hiring based primarily on grades or law school attended often does not meet the needs of an evolving profession and society. In addition to leaving out other key indicators for success, such as practical judgment and interpersonal relationship building, this process limits efforts to diversify the legal workforce in law firms and throughout the profession. The process also lacks a robust assessment that employers can use to discover candidates who fulfill an employer’s specific needs and who would be committed to the work, goals, and vision of the employer.  Read more and link to the Foundations Hiring Guide.


Cultivating Diversity Opportunities

          1. Develop a mentoring relationship with a diverse attorney.
          2. Mentor a law student of a diverse background.
          3. Mentor a diverse high school or college student interested in becoming an attorney.
          4. Invite a diverse attorney to SBN programs and events and introduce them to your colleagues.
          5. Invite a diverse attorney to affinity bar programs and events and introduce them to your colleagues.
          6. Add diversity-related topics to your Section/Committee meeting agenda.
          7. Recommend a diverse attorney to speak on a SBN CLE panel.
          8. Learn about the impact of subtle, unconscious and implicit bias by visiting Project Implicit and take one of the surveys.
          9. Read an article or attend a CLE about how generational differences may impact communication styles, motivation for success, and work values.