American Bar Association
Special Standing Committees: Diversity in the Profession
TIPS Section

Special Standing Committees:
Diversity in the Profession

Committee Goals

The function of the TIPS Standing Committee on Diversity in the Profession is to promote involvement of attorneys of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, women attorneys, attorneys with disabilities and attorneys who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans gender into the membership and leadership of the Section and to promote greater awareness and appreciation of the Section's diversity goals. The Committee will accomplish this goal through publications, CLE programs, networking receptions, assistance to the Section's General Committees and outreach programs on the local and national levels.

Message from the Chair

Deobrah YueGreetings! My name is Deborah Yue and I am the incoming Chair of the TIPS Diversity Committee. I have been a member of this committee for several years and served as the TIPS Diversity Newsletter editor for the last four years. I would like to thank our Immediate Past Chair, Dan Acosta, whose leadership and commitment has taken our committee to new heights. I look forward to working with our committee to continue to advance diversity and inclusion within TIPS and the legal profession.

As we look to the 2014-15 year, we have a busy year ahead. Our committee will continue to support TIPS’ diversity goals and serve as a resource for the TIPS General Committees. Some of our work will include publishing a quarterly diversity newsletters and reaching out to middle schools in partnership with the Staff Counsel Committee and LIPS to encourage students to consider pursuing a career in the legal profession. Our committee will also be hosting a webinar in 2015 on the business case for diversity. We also welcome the inaugural class of TIPS Connect! diversity fellows, Sonya Armfield, Stesha Emmanuel and Tacie Yoon to TIPS and to our committee! TIPS Connect! is a new initiative that brings leaders from national bar associations and organizations that are committed to the advancement of inclusion in our profession to TIPS to help form a partnership between the organizations.

If you are interested in learning more about our committee and TIPS’ diversity initiatives or would like to get involved, please contact me.

Best regards,

Debbie Yue

Deborah Yue is a partner in the law firm of Gallagher Sharp and concentrates her practice on insurance, business and general liability litigation. She also counsels insurance clients and claims personnel on coverage issues, claims practices and the avoidance of bad faith as well as businesses regarding contracts, entity formation, and other business issues. Her practice is located in Cleveland, Ohio, where she is active in a number of community organizations.

Committee Member Spotlight

John Francis Stephens
Partner with Sedgwick LLP
TIPS Member since 2000

Why do you believe Diversity important to TIPS?
It is essential as diversity is our future and our destiny. We are a diverse nation and all aspects of the US including the legal profession must embrace diversity. For some change is hard, but we in TIPS should welcome the change and lead by example. TIPS has been doing some great work to further the ABA goals of diversity. The Diversity Committee has been spearheading a lot of that work.

What is your favorite/best memory thing about working on this committee?
Producing the Diversity Video. It was challenging, interesting and a lot of fun. I enjoyed every minute of it. And I met so many professionals dedicated to diversity in the legal profession. I found the experience inspiring.

What does “success” look like for this committee?
Success means no more Diversity Committee as it will be unnecessary. I would like to think we are not that far away from that vision, and it is achievable.

Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

Education Outreach Program - Laura Wheeler Warning Elementary School

April 30, 2015
Join the ABA TIPS Diversity Committee, Staff Counsel Committee and Law in Public Service Committee for a youth outreach program with Laura Wheeler Warning Elementary School students during the TIPS Spring Section Conference in Philadelphia, PA.   Volunteers will meet with students for the Committee’s “A Day in the Life of an Attorney” program. Attorneys will discuss their professional experience in the legal industry and encourage students to explore the possibility a law-related career. Interested volunteers must contact Staff Liaison Jennifer LaChance at (312) 988-5463 or to sign-up for the project prior to the Spring Section Conference.

TIPS Spring 2015 Diversity in the Profession Committee Meeting

May 1, 2015
The Diversity Committee will meet on Friday, May 1 from 8:30 to 10:30 AM at the Philadelphia Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia, PA.   
Section Events



Yue, Deborah


Siegel, Darcee
Tamoor, Yasmean

ABA Staff:

LaChance, Jennifer

Committee Roster  

TIPS Connect! Scholarship Application

ABA Diversity Awards

Click here for information on the latest ABA Diversity Awards!

Newsletters and Minutes

Section Diversity Mission Statement & Plan

Sites of Interest

Modified by Carlos Vivanco on February 24, 2015

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