Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging


Just as a sound civil justice system should be inclusive of everyone, the IADC strives to create an Association and collegial environment that reflects the diverse backgrounds of those in the profession.

As a complement to the IADC’s mission and strategic plan, the IADC Board of Directors created its Diversity Committee in 2008. The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee is charged with actively increasing the involvement and participation of diverse lawyers in the Association through membership strategies and professional programming that recognizes the strength and benefits of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in the practice of law.

Attracting and retaining a diverse membership is essential to the success of the Association and the profession it represents. It is the mission of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee to reach beyond a strategy of simply increasing the percentage of diverse members and arrive at a goal of inclusion where varied backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences are shared and valued in the development of our profession. To achieve this goal of inclusion, the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee, as well as each Substantive Law Committee within the organization, will be proactive in identifying diverse lawyers for membership, enacting initiatives and programs to involve diverse lawyers in the business of the organization, and developing programming that will give diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the law a prominent platform within the organization.

The IADC remains committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

For those that want to make these a priority personally and professionally, visit our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Resources page.

If you are looking to embrace greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your workplace, visit the Diversity Roadmap which contains practical resources, how-to videos, real life experiences, and best practices used by law firms and corporations of all sizes and types.