New Jersey State Bar Association - The voluntary Bar Association of New Jersey, serving members since 1899.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 24, 2010

Kate Coscarelli

Direcotor of Media Relations

732-937-7548

NJSBA adopts diversity statement

Stating it strives to promote and foster an inclusive and diverse bar association, the New Jersey State Bar Association’s governing body adopted a diversity statement.

Representatives of several of the association’s sections representing women and minorities in the profession; government lawyers; and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender attorneys worked to draft the statement.

“The association includes within the broad concept of diversity, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity and other under-represented groups such as government lawyers and in-house counsel,” it states. “We are committed to ensuring that all of our members are given the opportunity to fully participate in leadership positions… and in all aspects of the legal profession.”

The board of trustees voted to adopt the statement at its meeting in Atlantic City at the Annual Meeting and Convention.

The statement further says the state bar association honors a diverse legal profession and has zero tolerance for bigotry.

“The NJSBA is committed to ensuring that the individual differences of its members are understood, respected and appreciated. We recognize that leveraging individual differences is critically important to fulfilling the bar association’s mission and to its continued growth and success. Thus, we encourage a standard of conduct and behavior that values the importance of diversity and inclusivity. The NJSBA has zero tolerance for and will promptly investigate and respond to hatred, intolerance, insensitivity, bigotry, threats of violence, harassment or discrimination and all other actions that are inconsistent with its efforts to be an inclusive and diverse bar association.”