The American Bar Association is launching a first-of-its kind nationwide study, conducted by the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, to identify the biases encountered by LGBT+ and/or disabled lawyers in the legal profession and to help develop and implement strategies to ameliorate such biases. Preliminary results are expected to be released in September.
Diversity and inclusion programs typically focus on gender and race. Too often, the LGBT+ communities and/or those who have disabilities are not included in efforts to expand career and professional diversity, especially in the legal profession.
“This study is integral to the ABA’s continuing efforts to promote the full and equal participation of all diverse persons, including LGBT+ lawyers and lawyers with disabilities, in the association and the legal profession as a whole,” said ABA President Linda Klein.