History and Mission

  • The OSB Diversity Section envisions an Oregon State Bar that reflects the diversity of the people of Oregon.Diversity is essential to assure that people of differing cultures and experiences have access to lawyers who share those differences.
  • Understanding differences facilitates the exchange of information about legal rights, just as it improves advocacy.We recognize that barriers exist to the practice of law for people who represent such diversity and that the barriers are subtle and difficult to remove.
  • Removing them will require the sustained, organized effort of many lawyers, law schools, and legal professionals.
  • The purpose of the Diversity Section is to organize and lead the effort.