Part of the requirement is for them to
apply or join a section or committee, or go
out to the community and join organizations in the community.
AZAT: Are there other benefits?
OTU: Yes. It helps the Bar be visible in the
community. For example, a young attorney
became the chair of the Phoenix Human
Relations Commission. This is the kind of
thing we encourage our graduates to do.
AZAT: And you just won a big award in
OTU: Yes. The BLI won the ABA
AZAT: Your department and its initiatives
were launched through the work of the
Diversity Task Force, which led to votes at
the Board of Governors. Now you’re forming a Multi-Bar Leadership Council. Would
the original task force be sunsetted, or
would the two work together somehow?
OTU: Hopefully in May the co-chairs of the
Diversity Task Force will make a presentation to the board and some recommendations. Because the Multi-Bar Leadership
Council is a recommendation of a subcommittee of the Diversity Task Force, they are
going to recommend to the board the establishment of that council.
The co-chairs may say that the core
charges of the task force have now been
accomplished and therefore the task force
may be allowed to sunset. However, we
want to continue to update members of the
task force and use them as resources as we
bring on new initiatives. These are people
who have been very important to us.
AZAT: What does “multi-bar” mean?
OTU: It will be made up of representatives of
different minority bars. The membership
would not be as large as the task force, which
had about 80 members. It would be a small
number of individuals. They will be active as
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