To create a diverse, representative and collaborative environment within legal services in order to provide accessible, welcoming and culturally competent services to clients of all backgrounds and their communities.
The Massachusetts Legal Services Diversity Coalition was established by MLAC in 1990 to raise awareness of diversity issues and provide technical assistance on diversity to legal aid programs across the Commonwealth.
In 2010, MLAC’s Diversity Coalition director took on coordination of the Retention Task Force, which was created to examine disproportionate impact of the economic downturn on attorneys of color in the civil legal aid system. The Task Force finalized its recommendations in spring 2012. Its final report can be found here .
The Steering Committee furthers diversity work among legal aid programs and provides direction to the Diversity Coalition.
For more information contact Tonysha Taylor, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at email@example.com.
For more information on diversity-related issues:
• The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School.
• DiversityInc – offers articles on a wide variety of workplace-related topics
• The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University
• The Race Equity Project: A Special Project of Legal Services of Northern California
Advancing the Mission of Legal Services: An Examination of Structural and Insitutional Biases
• Tim Wise | Impact of Racism: Massachusetts Legal Services Attorneys and Clients of Color
• Camille Holmes | Legal Services Perspectives on Racial Justice, Diversity and Inclusion [coming soon]
• Jason Reece | Structural Analysis of Racial Disparities: Opportunity Mapping [coming soon]