Our nation – unrivaled in power and rich from the growing diversity of its people – is approaching a crossroad. Lawyers For One America is standing in that crossroad to assist the legal profession and the communities lawyers serve.

Teveia Barnes, President of immigration Lawyers For One America, will be honored as a 2004 Margaret Brent Award recipient by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Legal Profession. To learn more about the award and past recipients, click here.

ACTION IS THE DIFFERENCE WE MAKE

LFOA’s Pro Bono Law Office provides free and low fee legal advice and services to underserved communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, including commercial and tax law, business education for micro-business owners and civil legal and tax services and advice to the working poor, primarily in Marin County, to help them gain economic self-sufficiency.

LFOA’s Diversity Center offers diversity programs to significantly increase diversity at all levels and within all sectors of the legal profession, including diversity consultancy and training, recruiting, mentoring and executive coaching.

LFOA’s National Institute for Diversity in Law program focuses on preparing students of color, from middle school through law school, for the demands, excitement, and rewards of successful careers in the law.

LFOA’s Gala Grand Opening in San Rafael: For the press release, click here.

“Ending Lip Service to Diversity Commitments”: ABA TIPS’s Committee on Diversity. See how your law firm can become a signatory to the TIPS Diversity Model Law Firm Program.

http://www.abanet.org/tips/wami/diversitycheck.html

Diversity Scorecard 2003, Minority Law Journal’s Annual Survey of Minority Hiring at the Nation’s Largest Law Firms

Grutter v. Bollinger, No. 02-241 (PDF file). The United States Supreme Court upheld in a 5-4 vote the University of Michigan Law School’s admissions program and found diversity to be an important goal in higher education. The Court also held that race may be considered one of many factors in admissions decisions.