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Diversity Board

Message From The Chair

Welcome to the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division's Diversity Board webpage.

We are honored to serve as chair and director of the Diversity Board.

The ABA, Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division believes that inclusion, participation and involvement of attorneys from underrepresented groups in the Division’s programs and activities is essential. Our goal is to create a culture where all members of the Division feel valued, supported, comfortable and included in an environment that affords an opportunity to contribute and thrive by attorneys from underrepresented groups.

I look forward to a working with you and I am sure it will be a productive year.


Terrell Ratliff
Chair, Diversity Board

Andrea Van Leesten
Membership Director

About Us

The Diversity Board shall oversee all programs and activities that impact diversity efforts. The Board shall participate and coordinate with ABA committees and entities that promote diversity, as well as be responsible for the Diversity Fellowship Program.

Diversity Fellowship Program

Call for Diversity Fellowship Applications - 2015/2016

We are pleased to announce the sponsorship of four Diversity Fellowships in the Division during the 2015-2016 bar year. The program is designed to promote diversity within the Division and the ABA, while providing leadership development opportunities within the Division for women, attorneys of color, and those with disabilities and persons of differing sexual orientations and gender identities.

Applications and nominations must be received by March 31, 2015.

Successful applicants will be notified in early May 2015. 2015 Diversity Fellows: Cedric Ashley (Princeton, NJ) Esther Hyun (San Diego, CA) Marianne Rebel Brown (Glassboro, NJ) Jean-Marie Sylla, Jr. (Washington, DC

For more information about the fellowship program visit our website

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