Message from the Chair: Dan Acosta
Hola from sunny New Mexico!
It was great to see many of you at the ABA Midyear in Chicago! Despite the cold outside, ABA staff and friends gave us a “warm welcome” making it well worth the trek. I am happy to report that our committee continued to do terrific work during our short stay in Chicago. With the help of the Staff Counsel Committee, we began our meeting with a youth outreach program, where we made a presentation about law as a career path to kids at the Edmund Burke Elementary School. Our presentation was extremely well received. In fact, after we left we heard that students were wondering when we would be coming back for another presentation (and, let’s be honest – how often do we get that sort of welcome in our careers as lawyers?) We plan to repeat the program at each of our TIPS meeting sites, so stay tuned on how you can get involved in this terrific and impactful project.
In Chicago, we also continued our Diversity speaker series “View from the Trenches” featuring some of Chicago’s finest lawyers – Sandra Yamate, Gary Gassman and Denise Avant. Again, we plan to continue this series at future meetings so be sure to be on the lookout for information or let me know if you know of someone who would be an engaging speaker for our series. You can find a more detailed write up about this event , as well as some other events, in the 2014 Winter edition of Embracing Diversity Newsletter, so please be sure to check it out.
Finally, while I won’t have an opportunity to remind you again in person, you should know that we are still actively seeking applicants for our TIPS Connect! Scholarship Program – this exciting initiative is intended to increase and encourage the number of diverse participants at our many wonderful events and perhaps even join our TIPS family. So, if you know a leader who is an active participant of a bar association that supports our diversity mission then please encourage them to apply, or simply forward their contact information to our committee liaison Jennifer LaChance and we can do get the materials to them. Our deadline is April 30, 2014 and more information can be obtained on the sidebar on the left.
We have more planned of course, but I hate to ruin a surprise. Hope to see you in May for our next meeting!
All the best,
Chair, 2012-2014 Diversity in the Profession Committee
Dan Acosta is a Division Attorney in charge of legal education and training for the Claims Litigation Department of Farmers Insurance Company. Farmers employs over 500 attorneys in 60 locations nationwide. He is a former Chair of the Staff Counsel Committee and resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico.