Different perspectives help us achieve more
The State Bar of Arizona is committed to the values of diversity and inclusion. This value represents our commitment to ensuring that the legal profession and the justice system reflect the community it serves in all of its social, economic, and geographical diversity. We embrace diversity and inclusion because it enriches the quality and fabric of our organization and the legal profession.
The State Bar collaborates with specialty and partner legal organizations to enhance diversity within, and improvement of, the legal profession and the provision of legal services. The State Bar's diversity efforts include the administration of the Bar Leadership Institute and supporting the important work of these Bar committees:
- Council on Minorities and Women in the Law
- Council on Persons with Disabilities in the Legal Profession
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Social Justice Bias and Inclusion Task Force Report
On July 24, 2020 the State Bar of Arizona created a Task Force on Social Justice, Bias and Inclusion. The Task Force Report was approved by the Board of Governors on January 22, 2021. Full report is here.
State Bar of Arizona Demographic Report
On November 3, 2021 a Demographic Report on the Leadership and Membership of the State Bar of Arizona was created.
View the full 2021 report here.
View the full 2022 report here.
2022 Report on the Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Experiences of Arizona State Bar Members
In July 2022, active Bar members with an Arizona address on record, received a link to participate in a survey on workplace experiences. In total, 1,269 completed the survey.
In 2020, the State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors created a Task Force on Social Justice, Bias and Inclusion to study and make recommendations to the Board of Governors “regarding current and future programs, services and initiatives addressing social justice, bias and inclusion consistent with the State Bar of Arizona mission of improving the administration of justice and the competency, ethics, and professionalism of Arizona lawyers.” Included in the Task Force report is a recommendation that the Bar survey its members to determine member demographics and identify areas where work is needed to increase diversity and inclusion within the Bar.
The State Bar of Arizona, in collaboration with the University of Arizona Research Team and input from the Social Justice Taskforce, identified topics of interest, which included perceptions and experiences of diversity and inclusion within the workplace. The Research Team reviewed and synthesized credible measures from peer-reviewed research publications and selected survey questionnaires consistent with the purpose of the survey project, most of which were developed with the express purpose of assessing diversity and inclusion topics within workplace settings.
Survey results can be accessed here.