International Section Diversity Policy

International Section Diversity Policy

The International Section is committed to diversity in its membership, officers, Executive Committee, Chapters, and Committees. Diversity is an inclusive concept, encompassing gender, race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age and disability.

In applying this policy, the International Section expects that its leaders, including Committee and Chapter Chairs, will actively seek to achieve diversity in all their activities including in seeking members for the Executive Committee, other Committees and Chapters, in selecting speakers for panels and continuing legal education programs, in soliciting contributions to the Section’s publications, and in collaborating with other sections and minority and specialty bar associations to pursue diversity initiatives. The Section is grateful for and celebrates the geographic and national origin diversity that its many Chapters outside the United States bring to the Section and, in addition, seeks to promote diversity within each of these Chapters.

We endorse the statement of the Association as applied to our Section that we are a richer and more effective Section because of diversity, as it increases our Section’s strengths, capabilities and adaptability. Through increased diversity, our Section can more effectively address societal and member needs with the varied perspectives, experiences, knowledge, information and understanding inherent in a diverse membership.


December 15, 2011