The IADC is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and strives to create an environment where varied backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences are shared and valued.
The resources below provide knowledge and insight for those who want to make diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging a priority personally and professionally.
If you have a resource you would like to contribute, please email Ashley Hatfield.
IADC Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Discussion Series - Recordings
The IADC's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee has been presenting an ongoing discussion series about how to be an active ally.
To view the recordings, click here. (please note this document is password protected; you must be logged into the IADC website to view)
Focusing on Mental Health and Wellness (5/11/2023)
Moderator: Carolyn Hussman
Speakers: Sara Barnhart, Joseph C. Chancey, Taylor S. Poncz
Inside Access to the Emmy-Nominated Movie CURED, LGBTQ History You Do Not Want To Miss (3/9/2023)
Moderator: Mary Catherine Way
Speakers: Rev. Magora Kennedy, Patrick Sammon, Bennett Singer
Becoming an Active Ally for Mental Wellness (1/26/2023)
Moderators: Melanie Margolin, Sherylle Francis
Speakers: Misty Gaither, James Edward Murray
Becoming an Active Ally with a Focus on Allyship to Jewish Colleagues (12/6/2022)
Moderators: Regina A. Petty, Sean C. Griffin
Speakers: Rebecca Weinstein Bacon, Joel D. Eagle, Stuart J. Goldberg
Becoming an Active Ally with a Focus on Allyship with Black Male Attorneys (9/22/2022)
Moderators: Mary Catherine Way, Carolyn Husmann
Speakers: Brandon E. Brown, Bryant Hall, Clarence Webster, III
Becoming an Active Ally with a Focus on Allyship with Colleagues with Disabilities (4/21/2022)
Moderators: Dave Landever, Emily Quan
Speaker: Lisa Sutton
Becoming an Active Ally with a Focus on Allyship with Our Muslim Colleagues (3/23/2022)
Moderators: Archie Reeves, Sylvie Gallage-Alwis
Speakers: Aisha Abdallah, Mohamed Bakry
Becoming an Active Ally with a Focus on Allyship with Transgender Colleagues (1/20/2022)
Moderators: Jim Rogers, Charlie Price
Speakers: Francesca Rodriguez, Ryan Rasdall
The DE&I Committee Welcomes Destiny Peery - Identifying and Addressing Microaggressions in the Legal Workplace (12/2/2021)
Speaker: Destiny Peery
An Empowerment Collaborative and Active Ally Special Presentation: Becoming an Active Ally with a Focus on Allyship with Women of Color (10/28/2021)
Moderators: Stacy Douglas, Melissa Lin
Speakers: Aisha Abdallah, Sneha Desai, Sherylle Francis
Continuing an IADC Conversation About Becoming an Active Ally with a Focus on Asian American Relationships (7/22/2021)
Speakers: Katie S. Phang, Chris S. Egner
Continuing an IADC Conversation About Becoming an Active Ally with a Focus on Interracial Relationships (5/6/2021)
Moderators: Christopher S. Berdy, Zandra Foley
Speakers: Gail Rodgers and Patrick Rodgers; Ashley Garry and Andrea Richter-Garry
Continuing an IADC Conversation About Becoming an Active Ally to Women (12/15/2020)
Moderators: Andrew S. Chamberlin, Aldos Vance
Speakers: Amy Sherry Fischer, Daniela Karollus-Bruner, Katie S. Phang
Continuing an IADC Conversation About Becoming an Active Ally With a Focus on Jewish Allyship (11/19/2020)
Moderators: Craig A. Thompson, Stacy L. Douglas
Speakers: Karen R. Glickstein, Daniel I. Reisler, Jill M. Steinberg
Continuing an IADC Conversation About Becoming an Active Ally to LGBTQ+ Population (10/27/2020)
Moderators: John T. Lay, Jr., Gail Rodgers
Speakers: Gary Howard, Melanie Margolin, and Mary Catherine Way
Continuing an IADC Conversation About Becoming an Active Ally to Black Women: How to Get Involved, Increase Your Diverse Attorneys, and Educate Others About Racial and Social Injustice (10/8/2020)
Moderators: Diane Fleming Averell, Peter J. Pliszka
Speakers: Kori S. Carew, Zandra E. Foley, Regina E. Petty
Continuing an IADC Conversation About Becoming an Active Ally with a Focus on Native American Allyship (9/18/2020)
Moderators: Jim Rogers, Dominic Campodonico
Speaker: Brandee Kowalzyk
Continuing an IADC Conversation About Becoming an Active Ally with a Focus on Latinx Allyship: How to Get Involved, Stay Involved, and Educate Others About Racial and Social Injustice (8/13/2020)
Moderators: Kristin Abel, Michele Smith
Speakers: Bill Garcia, Manuel Moctezuma, Gina Rodriguez
Continuing an IADC Conversation About Becoming an Active Ally: How to Get Involved, Stay Involved, and Educate Others About Racial Injustice (7/30/2020)
Moderators: Heidi Friedman, Alex Hagan, Alba Romano
Speakers: Bonnie Mayfield, Al Vance, Ricardo Woods
An IADC Conversation About Becoming More Than an Ally (7/16/2020)
Moderators: Andrew Chamberlin, Heidi Friedman
Speakers: Sheila Boston, Stacy Douglas, Craig Thompson
Racial Discrimination and Structural Racism in the Legal Profession: A Conversation with JT Wilson III (7/2/2020)
Speaker: JT Wilson
IADC Diversity and Inclusion Quote Book
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee produced a quote book in 2019 that included quotes that had been displayed on the IADC website. The quotes were shared monthly over a period of time with the goal to promote thinking and discussion about the benefits of diversity and inclusion.
We hope the quotes encourage you to continue to think about and discuss the benefits of diversity and inclusion, and how diversity and inclusion and the pursuit and enhancement of the Rule of Law connect us, both professionally and personally, through the IADC and beyond. We also hope that the quotes help move you to take meaningful and tangible actions as diversity and inclusion is a core tenet and central to our organization.
IADC Diversity and Inclusion Quote Book
IADC Programs and Publications
- 2020 Midyear Meeting, Tangible Diversity and Inclusion Results Are Positive Profit Drivers
- 2019 Annual Meeting, #MeToo: The Impact on You and Your Clients
- 2019 Annual Meeting, The Divide Over Diversity
- 2019 Annual Meeting, Deciphering and Managing the Micromessages in Your Practice
- 2019 Annual Meeting, Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics Interconnect with Diversity and Inclusion
- 2019 Annual Meeting, The Aftermath of the Supreme Court's Decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop
- 2019 Midyear Meeting, Algorithmic Bias: The Law's Newest Frontier and How It Affects Litigation and Your Firm
- 2018 Annual Meeting, Inclusive Education and Employment - European Style
- 2018 Midyear Meeting, Inclusion Nudges: Structural Changes That Help Lawyers and Legal Professionals Interrupt Unconscious Bias
- 2018 Midyear Meeting, Ageism and Sexism in Court
- 2017 Midyear Meeting, PULSE: An Inside Look and Lessons Learned
- Thought Leadership: Championing Diversity and Inclusion; A Conversation with Connie Lewis Lensing, Senior VP of Litigation Department at Federal Express by Pamela W. Carter - 2017 (Article)
- Making the Case: How Diversity and Inclusion Can Improve Your Firm’s Financial Outlook by Paul M. Fires and Kenneth E. Sharperson - 2017 (Article)
Recommended Reading and Educational Resources
The following are resources recommended by our program speakers and IADC members.
- The Rage of A Privileged Class: Why Are Middle Class Blacks Angry? Why Should America Care? by Ellis Cose
- How the Irish Became White by Noel Ignatiev
- White Like Me: Reflections On Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise (as well as any other books on racism from Tim Wise)
- The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
- Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo
- Biased by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
- Brown by Richard Rodriguez (perspective piece - Latinx)
- A History of Latinos in America - Harvest of Empire by Juan Gonzalez (perspective piece - Latinx)
- Growing Up Latino - Memories and Stories (compilations of stories across the Latinx community)
- The Latino Reader (compilations of stories across the Latinx community)
- Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving (white privilege - Latinx)
- There There by Tommy Orange. 2019, NY Times one of the 10 best books of the year. Pulitzer Prize finalist. A series of short stories that provide excellent insight into life for Natives living in present-day Oakland.
- Killers of the Flower Moon (The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. Centers on the systematic killing of Osage people in Osage County, Oklahoma, during the 1910s–1930s. Time magazine listed Killers of the Flower Moon as one of its top ten non-fiction books of 2017. The book is currently planned for production as a film directed by Martin Scorsese. This book was a discussion book at the MYM at Pebble Beach in February 2020.
- On the Rez by Ian Frazier. An unflinching account of the modern day Native American experience of the Oglala Sioux, who live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, which is one of the very poorest communities in the country.
- A History of God by Karen Armstrong
- Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time by Karen Armstrong
- Holy War, The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World by Karen Armstrong
- Just Mercy, starring Michael B. Jordan
- Cry Freedom
- Hello Privilege It's Me Chelsea (on Netflix)
- 13th (documentary by Ava DuVernay)
- Wind River – 2017. This motive starring Jeremy Renner takes place on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. The producer specifically said that he made this movie to bring attention to the crisis facing Native women and girls.
- CURED documentary's resource list (including recommended reading, resources related to LGBTQ elders/pioneers, how to protect youth from conversion therapy, and more)
- CURED on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, along with their website
- Disarming or Redirecting Microaggressions and Bias - Destiny Peery
- Using the term Latinx - Pew Research Center
- "7 Damaging Racial Microaggressions You May Be Guilty of Using at Work, According to a Psychologist" (Ladders)
- Implicit Bias Self-Assessment
- Jane Elliott (diversity consultant)
- National Native America Bar Association Survey regarding perspectives of Native American Attorneys In the Legal Profession; https://www.nativeamericanbar.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/2015-02-11-NNABA_execSummary_6.pdf
- MMIW and Operation Lady Justice; https://operationladyjustice.usdoj.gov/ (regarding the crisis related to missing and murdered American Indian Women)
- NNABA's Statement on Derogatory Native Images and Terms - November 11, 2020
- Seyfarth Shaw LLP Racism, Anti-Racism, and Allyship Toolkit: This collective resource toolkit is intended to deepen and expand the understanding of racism, anti-racism, and allyship work.
- Kori Carew TEDx Talk "Finding the Courage to Interrupt Bias"
- ABA Report "Left Out and Left Behind: The Hurdles, Hassles, and Heartaches of Achieving Long-Term Legal Careers for Women of Color" by Destiny Peery, Paulette Brown, and Eileen Letts
- Citygroup MarketPlace Report: U.S. suffered $16 trillion loss due to racism, new Citigroup study finds (September 23, 2020)
- National Association for Law Placement, Inc. Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms (2019)
- Fun facts About Islam (Submitted by: Aisha Abdallah)
- ABA Disability Rights: The American Bar Association has a Commission on Disability Rights that works to promote the ABA's commitment to justice and the rule of law for people with mental, physical, and sensory disabilities, and to promote their full and equal participation in the legal profession. Website includes a variety of references.
- The ABA offers a pledge that law firms, law schools, and courts can sign—ABA Pledge of Change: Disability Diversity in the Legal Profession.
- Disability:IN is the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide. Developed the Disability-Equality Index – which identifies companies and firms that are successfully addressing change. Disability Equality Index.
- The Center for Disability and Inclusion is a leading resource for advancing disability inclusion in the workplace (not specific to the legal profession).
- National Center on Disability and Journalism has a Disability Language Style Guide that addresses issues relating to disability terminology.
- Harvard Business Review article: Do your DEI efforts include people with disabilities?
- 2Civility article: It's time to remove barriers for people with disabilities