The New York State Bar has a long history of encouraging and promoting
diversity, inclusion and the elimination of bias in the legal profession.
The State now requires that after July 1, 2018 experienced attorneys must
complete one credit hour in the diversity, inclusion, and elimination
of bias continuing legal education (CLE) category as part of its biannual
By adding this requirement, New York joins California and Minnesota, two
states that have long required attorneys to fulfill separate diversity
and inclusion CLE requirements.
According to several studies, the legal profession has the least amount
of racial diversity and the slowest diversification rate of professions
with similar education and licencing requirements. In addition, the representation
of minorities and female partners in law firms remains very low. Hopefully,
these new measures will lead to much needed change and increased representation
for minorities and females.