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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!



Best,



Akira Heshiki





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

Section Events

    25th Annual Insurance Coverage Litigation Committe Midyear Program

    02/22/2017-02/25/2017
    Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
    Phoenix

    ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED!! YOU MAY REGISTER ON-SITE BEGINNING THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017!! Dear Friends and Colleagues: We are excited for your attendance at the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Sections Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (ICLC) 25 th Annual ...

    Appellate Ethics Review: The Scope of the Record on Appeal and Responding to Media Inquiries about your Appeal

    03/21/2017-03/21/2017

    The event will be held on 03/21/2017. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Center for Professional Development,Center For Professional Responsibility,Law Practice Division,Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section,Judicial Division. The event has 1.00 CLE Credits .

    Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation

    04/06/2017-04/07/2017
    Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
    Phoenix

    The event will be held on 04/06/2017 - 04/07/2017. The format is In-Person. The event sponsor(s) are Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. The event has 0.00 CLE Credits .


Leadership

Chair:

Heshiki, Akira

Liaisons:

Capone, Dorothea
Fogarty, Julianne

ABA Staffs:

Campos, Norma
LaChance, Jennifer

Committee Roster  


TIPS Connect! Fellowship - Deadline July 22, 2016


ABA Diversity Awards

ABA Diversity Awards Information
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Section Diversity Mission Statement & Plan


Sites of Interest


Newsletters and Minutes

Modified by Norma Campos on November 7, 2016

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