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Special Standing Committees: Diversity and Inclusion

Special Standing Committees:
Diversity and Inclusion

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

TIPS Friends,

I am very privileged to take on the role of Chair for TIPS Committee on Diversity & Inclusion and I anticipate another busy year ahead for our committee. After being on this committee for nearly 8 years, I know I’ve got big shoes to fill as I follow in the steps of the immediate Past-Chair, Debbie Yue. I look forward to continuing to build on Debbie’s leadership, and to work with all of you during the years ahead.

Our work is vital. Nothing underscores this more than the terrible news erupts daily over the past year of lives being lost all over the country: Florida, Minnesota, Texas and Louisiana. Those events make it clear that there is a need for lawyers in the profession to continue to both learn and teach about the importance of creating an inclusive culture - both for the communities we serve and toward each other while championing the importance of the rule of law.

I know that sitting in a conference room during a committee meeting may not feel that we are making great strides toward a society that welcomes all people, but when you look over the past year – with our webinars, our outreach efforts and even our section diversity plan, I know we have made a difference. I am also energized by the leadership of TIPS, after speaking with Council members and other TIPS leaders I know the organization values the work that we do and that continued something that makes me extremely proud to be a part of this organization.

I look forward to innovating, educating and opening pathways for dialog with all of you during our journey ahead - see you at our next meeting!


Akira Heshiki

A Day in the Life of an Attorney

Middle School Outreach Initiative

The TIPS Committees on Diversity and Inclusion, Law in Public Service and Staff Counsel co-sponsor the middle school outreach initiative, A Day in the Life of an Attorney, targeting underrepresented communities during the TIPS Fall Leadership and Section Conference meetings. The program aims at introducing kids to careers in the legal profession early in their education.

When is the next school visit?

The next school visit is during the TIPS 2017 Fall Leadership Meeting in Key Biscayne, FL. TIPS volunteers will visit Brownsville Middle School in Miami.

Click here for details



Heshiki, Akira


Rampaul, Beverly


Winson, Robert

ABA Staff:

Campos, Norma

Committee Roster  

Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

    2017 Symposium: Animal Shelter Law

    The Founders Inn and Spa Hotel
    Virginia Beach

    Hear from one of the Country's Top Animal Crimes Prosecutors, Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Virginia Attorney General's Office Michelle Welch, discuss investigation and case preparation for neglect, cruelty and fighting cases Other topics to be discussed include: Dangerous Dog Proceedings, ...

    Aviation and Litigation in Today's World


    Click here to reserve your room now at the Ritz-Carlton Washinton DC for the American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Aviation and Litigation in Todays World

    Disaster Claims Recovery: What Claimants and Their Lawyers Should Know


    Don't miss this FREE hot topic teleconference, part of the ABA-TIPS Member Mondays CLE Series on Monday, October 23rd. This complimentary teleconference series was created for TIPS members to address your areas of practice. Although it is too early to come up with reliable numbers, estimates for ...

ABA Diversity Awards

ABA Diversity Awards Information

Section Diversity Mission Statement & Plan

Sites of Interest

Newsletters and Minutes

Modified by Norma Campos on September 22, 2017

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