Present: Co-Chairs Dani Deering and Sue Holden, members Leslie Altman, Lisa Montpetit Brabbit, Leo Brisbois, Mike Burns, Marta Chou, Sally Dahlquist, Andriel Dees, Phil Duran, Roy Ginsburg, Anne Johnson, Sara Jones, Katherine MacKinnon, Kathleen Marron (via phone), Sonia Miller-Van Oort, Justin Page, Judge Kathleen Sanberg, Mike Tracy, Mary Vasaly, Mary Ward, editor Mary Jo Cole and MSBA staff Nancy Mischel.
Review of Minority Bar Summit:
Discussion of Last Changes to Diversity Best Practices Guide:
Members discussed whether the Wikipedia definition of “best practices” is the one they want to use in the Guide. Members agreed to revise the definition and eliminate the reference to Wikipedia. Members agreed to adopt the redlined changes noted in the draft, which reflect suggestions from the Women in the Legal Profession Committee. Members agreed to allow Ms. Brabbit to add some additional references to the section on mentoring. Members also agreed to give Ms. Cole authority to correct obvious errors and typos, and to go back to the relevant subcommittee chair(s) for any necessary clarifications.
Additional recommendations for the Assembly:
Present: Co-Chair Dani Deering, members Gail Chang Bohr, Lisa Montpetit Brabbit, Leo Brisbois, Greg Bulinski, Sally Dahlquist (by phone), Jim Dorsey, Phil Duran, Allen Easley, Marlene Garvis, Roy Ginsburg, Anne Johnson, Sara Jones, Erin Keyes, Katherine MacKinnon, Sonia Miller-Van Oort, Justin Page, Judge George Perez, Judge Kathleen Sanberg, Lenor Scheffler, Mike Tracy, Mary Ward, writer Mary Jo Cole and MSBA staff Nancy Mischel.
Reports from Subcommittees:
Report from Outreach Subcommittee and Minority Bar Summit:
Ms. Garvis also reported that the subcommittee is working on a CLE presentation for the MSBA Convention in June, which will most likely be organized as a panel discussion on the Diversity Best Practices Guide.
Discussion of Draft Best Practices Guide:
Timeline for Completion of Work:
The meeting adjourned at 1:05 p.m.
Present: Co-Chair Dani Deering, members Lisa Montpetit Brabbit, Gail
Brandt, Leo Brisbois, Greg Bulinski, Mike Burns, Sally Dahlquist, Jim
Dorsey, Allen Easley, Anne Johnson, Sonia Miller-Van Oort, Justin Page,
Mike Tracy, Mary Ward and MSBA staff Nancy Mischel.
Introductions: Following introductions, President Melendez spoke for a few minutes about the importance of the Task Force's work.
Writer for Task Force Report/Toolkit: Mary Jo Cole, a former MSBA employee, has been hired to put together the diversity toolkit/report of the Task Force. Members reiterated that in keeping with the toolkit idea, they want the "report" to focus on best practices, providing practical strategies and tips for legal employers on how to attract and retain a diverse workforce.
Reports from Subcommittees (some of this comes directly from subcommittee minutes):
They will also be sharing information that overlaps gender and the other subcommittees (i.e. gender and race, gender and religion). While their focus is on the law, they are also researching other professions that may be related or similar, such as accountants or higher education. The MSBA SBP have been used as a model by other states; most recently, the New York Bar Association is using them as the basis for its current diversity program.
Lisa Brabbit volunteered to put together a proposed structure for the subcommittees to do their work based on the SAGE model. Jim Dorsey suggested use of a matrix, with types of legal employers in a column across the top and areas such as recruitment, retention, etc. in columns along the side.
Deadlines: The Task Force will complete its work in time for presentation at the June 2008 MSBA Assembly meeting. With input from Mary Jo Cole, members will be given a draft set of deadlines, including when subcommittees must finish their work and when Mary Jo expects to have drafts of the "toolkit" for members to review.
Powerpoint Presentation: Mike Tracy gave a quick run-through of a powerpoint he created about the recent MSBA diversity survey; he has presented it twice so far. Members asked that it be shared with the Women in the Legal Profession Committee as their members are asking legal employers to sign onto the SAGE best practices. Members were encouraged to share their comments and/or suggestions for improvement with Mike.
Other Business: Members raised the possibility of asking for input from the minority bars via the Minority Bar Summit.
The meeting adjourned at 4:40 p.m.
The next full Task Force is set for November 8, 2007 at noon at the MSBA.
Present: Co-Chair Dani Deering (by phone), Co-Chair Sue Holden, members Gail Chang Bohr, Lisa Montpetit Brabbit, Greg Bulinski, Mike Burns, Sally Dahlquist (by phone), Jim Dorsey, Phil Duran, Allen Easley (by phone), Marlene Garvis, Anne Johnson, Erin Keyes, Katherine MacKinnon, Sonia Miller-Van Oort, Judge Kathy Sanberg, Lenor Scheffler, Mike Tracy and MSBA staff Nancy Mischel.
Introductions and Background: Sue Holden provided information on last year’s Diversity Task Force, the report generated by their work and the charge of the current Task Force.
Task Force Structure and Subcommittees: The Task Force has a steering committee consisting of co-chairs Sue Holden and Dani Deering, Leslie Altman, Mike Tracy, Judge Sanberg, Tamika Nordstrom, Phil Duran and Kathe Marron. The Steering Committee is considering the form of the Task Force report and plans to initiate drafting as early as possible. They will direct their immediate efforts toward retaining a writer and initiating the process to obtain the appropriations necessary for the report. Much of the report's outline, introduction, case for diversity and some portions on gender could be drafted at any time.
Much of the Task Force work will be done through six subcommittees. Five of the subcommittees will be organized by diversity areas studied in the report: Gender (chaired by Judge Sanberg), Race and Ethnicity (chaired by Tamika Nordstrom), Sexual Orientation (chaired by Phil Duran), Disability (chaired by Justin Page) and Religion (chair TBD). The charge of these subcommittees is to review the report and other research, and develop best practices for legal employers to recruit and retain employees within their particular area of diversity. The SAGE Best Practices might be used as a model. The sixth subcommittee is Outreach (chair TBD) which will gather meaningful input from sections, committees, minority bars and organizations identified by the other subcommittees.
Task Force members are asked to fill out a form ranking the order of their preference for serving on the subcommittees. The co-chairs will review these and develop the subcommittee rosters, which will be sent to everyone within a week. Email listservs will be created for each subcommittee so the chair and members can easily communicate with one another.
Timeline and Meeting Schedule: The Task Force
will complete its work in time for presentation at the June 2008 MSBA
Assembly meeting. The full Task Force will meet quarterly, generally
the month before the Assembly meets. This means meeting in August,
November, March and May, although the August meeting will likely be
pushed to the first week of September due to law school orientations
the last week of August. Some of the meetings will begin at noon
and others at 3:30 p.m. Members requested the meeting schedule
be set as soon as possible. Subcommittees will meet at the call
of the respective chair, as often as necessary to accomplish their work.
The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.