About MSBA

Welcome to MSBA's Diversity & Inclusion 

MSBA's diversity department mission is to promote and advocate for the diversification and inclusion of historically underrepresented attorneys in all areas of the legal profession and our organization. To achieve this, the department advocates for equal opportunities in: employment, volunteerism, pay, leadership, professional development and advancement. We seek to start, continue or participate in the relevant diversity conversations-no matter how difficult or unpopular they may be. Our goal is to challenge and change the traditional norms of how diversity and inclusion is discussed, advanced, considered and instituted.

MSBA's diversity and inclusion efforts are led by its Director, Danielle Shelton Walczak. To learn more about her, click here.  

What's New In Diversity at the MSBA

Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council

Dynamic Council members wanted!

The MSBA is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for its new Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council. This new dynamic board like structure will assist the association in leading the way in internal and external diversity efforts.

We are currently seeking nine dynamic individuals of various ages and legal professional backgrounds to represent each of the identified underrepresented communities within the profession, and two at-large positions. To learn more about the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council Structure, and Member Expectations, click the hyperlinks. Click here to apply to be a member of the Leadership Council.

Commitment in Action

MSBA's Commitment to Diversity Statement and Plan.

MSBA is committed to advancing diversity. A 3 year strategic plan (2014-2017), also called the Commitment to Diversity Statement and Plan, is MSBA's strategy for increased diversification and inclusion within all areas of the   organization. It also outlines its commitment for concerted support of Minnesota's minority bar associations. To read the complete Plan, click here

Please feel free to share this plan with your personal and professional colleagues. Adapt it as necessary to your organization. 

Commitment to Diversity Statement and Plan Accountability and Transparency

  • In May 2014 the MSBA formally requested that the Minnesota Supreme Court collect self-identification data on the on-line attorney registration form. A report to the Court accompanied that request. To read the report and data collection recommendation click here
  • The MSBA has created a Writers and Speakers Bureau to provide diverse attorneys the opportunity to be considered for MSBA publication and CLE participation. To learn more and sign up for the Bureau go to our opportunities page.