The Washington State Bar Association is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion within the legal profession and within our organization. We operate from an “Inside-Out” philosophy generating institutional evaluation, reflection and change.
COVID-19 Equity Analysis and Resources
Disparate Impact and Equity Analysis
- Coronavirus comments expose underbelly of ageism, ableism,
- Prisons Worldwide Face Coronavirus Crisis From Overcrowding, Lack of Sanitation
- If Social Distancing Is Impossible in Prisons, People Should Be Freed
- Coronavirus inevitable in prison-like US immigration centers, doctors say
- National Call to Action
- Schools that go ‘remote’ for coronavirus must keep serving students with disabilities. Can any really do it?
- Kenyon Farrow on COVID-19: Racial Justice and Lessons from the AIDS Crisis
- When Xenophobia Spreads Like A Virus
Self and Community Care
- Coronavirus sparks an epidemic of people helping people in Seattle
- Facing Covid-19 with Community Instead of Fear
- Coronavirus and community care, a few weeks in
- Holistic Support for Immunity & Virus Prevention
- Mutual Aid Hub
- Coronavirus Anxiety: Key Advice for Chronic Illness Patients from Health Psychologists
- Disabled people have worked remotely for years, and they’ve got advice for you and your bosses
Diversity and Inclusion Resources for Legal Professionals and Employers
Our 2012 Membership Study found that members who identified with one or more underrepresented groups reported experiencing social, opportunity, and advancement barriers in their professional careers. These barriers included being excluded, misunderstood, offered fewer opportunities, not receiving a raise or promotion and being treated differently. The WSBA Membership Study Executive Summary shares highlights from the study.
Informed by the study results, the Board of Governors, adopted our Diversity and Inclusion Plan. The plan reflects the unique roles for which the Bar is positioned as a unified bar: to create and help nurture the conditions that will encourage diverse lawyers to enter, remain, thrive and ultimately to lead the profession and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.
2012 WSBA Diversity Study Resource Sheets for Attorneys and Law Firms
- Attracting and Retaining Diverse Attorneys
- Fact Sheet for Members 40 and Up
- Fact Sheet for Members of Racial Minorities
- Fact Sheet for Members with Disabilities/Impairments
- Fact Sheet for Members of Sexual Orientation Minorities
Unconscious Implicit Bias
Subtle, unconscious processes and preconceptions influence all decision making, whether it be a decision about litigation strategy or hiring. In turn, the unconscious/implicit biases influence the work of achieving inclusion.
- Why Effective Retention Requires Attention to Our Implicit Biases
- The Court’s Brain: Neuroscience and Judicial Decision Making in Criminal Sentencing
- Deconstruct and Superstruct: Examining Bias Across the Legal System
The Washington Race Equity & Justice Initiative (REJI) Organizational Race Equity Toolkit is designed to help organizations, particularly equity and justice-oriented legal organizations, understand and incorporate race equity into their work. Among its tools and resources, the Toolkit provides an assessment tool that organizations, particularly legal organizations, can use to assess and advance their practices, policies, and culture in order to operationalize race equity and support the development of organizational equity plans.