Presented to the Leasing Group on November 9, 2012 for outstanding efforts made to promote diversity in the Section during the 2011-2012 bar year.
Welcome and thank you for visiting the Diversity Committee's website. Our goal is to maintain a diverse and inclusive Section. Under the guidelines of the Revised Diversity Plan adopted by the RPTE Council, the Diversity Committee seeks to increase diverse attorneys' participation in the Section and in the Section's leadership, to educate the Section's membership on the importance of diversity in the Section and the legal profession, and to foster an inclusive environment. Please explore our website and take advantage of resources offered therein. We welcome and encourage your participation in our Section.
Patricia Helen Char, Co-Chair
Eric M. Mathis, Co-Chair
The mission of the Diversity Committee is to help the profession become more diverse and to encourage greater diversity within our Section. Goal III of the American Bar Association, adopted in 2008, prioritizes the promotion of "full and equal participation in the association, our profession, and the justice system by all persons" and to eliminate bias in those areas. Goal IX promotes full inclusion of all people, while specifically mentioning historically underrepresented groups such as women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons. RPTE hopes to create a stronger and better section through implementation of the goals and initiatives outlined in the Diversity Plan approved in 2009.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2012
The ABA-Commission on Disability Rights is excited to begin the process of planning events and creating resources to help celebrate October’s Disability Awareness Month. This annual event is an opportunity for organizations to highlight their support of their employees and consumers with disabilities. More information about this year’s theme, A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce, can be found here: http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/ndeam/
Raising Your Bottom Line by Using New Tools to Build Diverse Talent An Interactive Session at ABA Annual Meeting 2011
Diversity Plan: Adopted at RPTE Council
At the RPTE Council meeting held in Washington, D.C. on May 2, 2009 the Council adopted a revised Diversity Plan for Section. The adoption of the revised plan was the culmination of an extensive process of evaluation and revision of the previous plan by the Section's Standing Committee on Diversity. Completion of the final Revised Plan was overseen by a special task force comprising members from each of the Section's Standing Committees and other stakeholders.
The paramount goal of the revised Diversity Plan is to continue to increase participation by diverse attorneys in all facets of the Section: committees, speakers, authors, and leadership. The new plan adopts a broader definition of diverse attorneys to include women, ethnic and racial minorities, LGBT persons, and persons with disabilities.
One of the principal initiatives will focus on increasing the number of diverse attorneys who speak at Section programs. In order to help program planners identify potential diverse speakers, the Section had begun to develop a diverse speaker database (in addition to existing ABA minority speaker databases). That database will ultimately be available on the Section's website and can be a resource for everyone. If you are a diverse attorney, as defined in the Revised Plan, who has been admitted to the Bar for at least five years, and wish to be considered for inclusion in the database, please contact Eric Mathis (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Nelse Miller(email@example.com) for information on how to submit your name for consideration.
Legal Expert Author Pool
Are YOU interested in becoming a published author in leading national legal periodicals? Are YOU seeking to solidify your standing as an expert in your practice area? Then sign up for the ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity offers the Legal Expert Author Pool (LEAP). LEAP is as a new complimentary service designed for diverse lawyers and professionals. LEAP establishes and maintains a pool of authors who have the expertise and willingness to write for ABA periodicals; and facilitates. For more information, click here. http://www.americanbar.org/groups/diversity/pages/LEAP.html
2010 ABA Annual Meeting - San Francisco
Planning for Non-Traditional Families and the Evolving Definition of Marriage
Jerry Simon Chasen
MARTIN M. SHENKMAN'S Religious Diversity Workshop Materials address the unique aspects of religion's impact on real estate and estate law. Religion and Real Estate overviews Incorporating Religious Considerations into Planning and Drafting for Real Estate Transactions, and Religion and Estate Planning addresses estate planning considerations.
Diversity Joint Program: Untying the Knot--Until Death and Taxes Do Us Part
Unmarried couples and other non-traditional family arrangements raise an array of legal issues. This distinguished panel will discuss economic and tax policy considerations facing unmarried couples as well as practical issues relating to property ownership, estate planning and a range of unique challenges and opportunities that arise in planning for the non-traditional family. To purchase the audio of this presentation, click here
Kathleen Ford Bay's Paper: Untying the Knot--UNTIL DEATH AND TAXES DO US PART: The Part Relating to Practical Issues Related to Property Ownership, Estate Planning, and the Range of Unique Opportunities and Challenges that Arise in Planning for the Non-Traditional Family. Documents that all non-married couples must consider.
Professor Theodore Seto's Paper: The Assumption of Selfishness in the Internal Revenue Code: Reframing the Unintended Tax Advantages of Gay Marriage (April 2007)
DIVERSITY ARTICLES OF INTERESTTop Franchises for Minorities
Estate Planning Survey
Diversity Fellowship Program and Difference Makers in The Buzz
|RPTE Spring Symposium and Council Meeting |
April 28, 2011
- April 30, 2011
|Meeting to be held in Washinton, DC. The Section will present many timely CLE programs, and all Groups and Committees will conduct their annual business.|
|2011 Fall Leadership Meeting |
November 4, 2011
- November 5, 2011
|Meeting to be held in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Section Committees and Groups will meet to plan for the upcoming year.|
|Community Outreach Reception |
April 28, 2011
|Be a guest at the Community Outreach Committee Reception at the Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law 22nd Annual Spring Symposia on April 28-29, 2011 in Washington, DC. Join members of the Community Outreach Committee as well as Planning committee members and attendees from our Successful Lawyers Share Marketing Tips on Building the Bottom Line: Building a Law Practice in Real Estate or Trust & Estates Law program, which will be held on April 12, 2011 in Washington, DC and our The Real Estate Law You Wished You Learned in Law School - A Practitioner's Course program, being held on select Monday evenings March 28 - September 26, 2011 in Philadelphia, PA.|
|Movin' on Up: How to Succeed as a Diverse Associate and Young Lawyer |
May 3, 2011
|12:30 PM ET. Clients increasingly demand diversity within their own ranks and from their outside counsel. Diverse in-house counsel and outside attorneys, however, continue to be outnumbered by their majority counterparts. These numbers are even more pronounced in certain areas of legal practice like intellectual property, labor, tax, and real estate.|
|2011 Spirit of Excellence |
- July 15, 2011
|The Commission had a stellar Spirit of Excellence Awards Luncheon at the ABA Midyear meeting with approximately 700 attendees. CNN Legal Analyst Sonny Hostin served as Mistress of Ceremonies and star interviewer of our Spirit honorees. Look for a video of the luncheon and the interviews to be posted on the Commission's webpage in the coming months. The deadline for 2012 Spirit nominations is July 15, 2011. |
|The Minority Counsel Program |
May 18, 2011
- May 19, 2011
|The 2011 Spring Minority Counsel Program meeting will take place on May 18th and 19th at the Eden Roc Resort & Spa in Miami, Florida.???|
May 21, 2013
May 22, 2013
American Bar Association
May 22, 2013
Links to Bar, Student, Professional organizations which further diversity