The State Bar advances diversity and inclusion in the legal profession by focusing on key areas of influence, specifically the pipeline into the legal profession, retention and career advancement, and judicial diversity. The State Bar adopted as its diversity definition the reporting categories in Government Code section 12011.5(n): race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, and veteran status.
The State Bar’s diversity and inclusion work seeks to achieve a statewide attorney population that reflects the rich demographics of the state's population. Goal four of the State Bar’s Strategic Plan includes several objectives for diversifying the legal profession and the following efforts:
The State Bar conducts an annual Attorney Census to gather demographic and employment data from the state’s licensees. The Attorney Census contains questions on demographic characteristics, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and veteran’s status. The census also asks questions about employment, workplace environment, and issues key to recruitment, advancement, and retention.
The census enables the State Bar to conduct analyses to document changes in the attorney population, career trajectories, and experiences in the legal profession in a variety of fields. These analyses highlight benchmarks for progress and inform potential areas of opportunity for the State Bar’s inclusion and diversity priorities. Here are Frequently Asked Questions about the Attorney Census; for any other questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The State Bar's Council on Access and Fairness is comprised of lawyers, judges, and members of the public advise the Board of Trustees and others on ways to advance strategies and goals for diversity.
The Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation compiles a yearly demographics report on the candidates it has reviewed for appointment by the governor.