Who we are

The Office for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (ODEIB) was created in 2004 to work with New York City legal employers to foster more diverse and inclusive work environments. ODEIB historically supported and regularly tracked progress using a Benchmarking Report, in partnership with more than 160 law firms and law departments who are signatories to the Association’s Statement of Diversity Principles. The original principles were designed to promote a commitment to the hiring, retention and promotion of historically underrepresented groups in the legal profession, and since the last Benchmarking Survey was administered in 2016, the industry has multiple sources of data and tracking to rely on for these purposes. As such, this year, ODEIB along with many of its partners hope to draft and finalize a new industry-wide commitment. 

The Office and the NYC Bar Committees within the Diversity and Inclusion group host a number of programs to support excellence in innovation and execution on diversity and inclusion initiatives. The Office also provides a comprehensive pipeline initiative which supports high school, college and law students to develop necessary professional skills and gain exposure to the legal profession through programs that provide participants with academic support and preparation for law school, career exploration opportunities and exposure to the profession, professional and substantive skill development, and networking/mentoring opportunities.

 

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Become a 2024 Sponsor Today

Elevate your firm’s legacy by starting 2024 off right – become an Office Sponsor with the New York City Bar Association’s Office for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (ODEIB).

Join us in reshaping the legal profession, starting from high school aspirations to associate-level excellence. Your sponsorship not only supports underrepresented talents but also fuels a more inclusive future for the legal world. Seize this opportunity to be a catalyst for positive change! 

Reach out to Mary Ellen LaRosa for more information on becoming an Office Sponsor at mellenlarosa@nycbar.org.

Ready to make a meaningful impact on the legal industry?

 The Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program (TMSLIP) is accepting donations toward our Stipend Fund. These donations directly fund stipends for TMSLIP interns working in government & non-profit roles, expanding their access to even mare areas of the law.

Each year, TMSLIP places bright, eager NYC public high school students in law firms & departments across the city for a transformative summer learning experience. This program emaphasizes equitable access to the profession.

Contribute here or contact Mary Ellen LaRosa to learn how you can get involved.

Latest Building Belonging Podcast Episode

Building Belonging: Able to Make Change at Any Age

Today it’s time for a dose of inspiration because we’re talking to a group of young activists who have joined the fight for racial justice and equity. The ABLE initiative was started by a group of high school students. It uses art merchandise to donate to five organizations aiding the Black Lives Matter movement, encouraging youth volunteers to become active changemakers in their communities. 

Upcoming Events

Join ODEIB this June for a Lunch-n-Learn series on all things Pride!

We’ll explore the City Bar’s impact on marriage equality, delve into the art of inclusive language, and learni tenets of an inclusive workplace for our LGBTQIA+ friends & co-workers.

Register here.