Diversity & Inclusion

Championing Justice, Equality, and Professionalism

Our Diversity Enriches Us, Our Inclusion Empowers Us

The MSBA recognizes diversity as a core value and defines it as “recognizing the power of diversity of persons, viewpoints, beliefs, and human understanding.”

MSBA’s two principal goals in the area of diversity and inclusion are:

  1. Making the MSBA a model for diversity within all areas of the organization.
  2. Supporting the work of Minnesota’s affinity bar associations. 

MSBA 2017-2020 Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan

D&I News

November 28, 2017 - MSBA and Affinity Bars file comments with the court regarding Rules on Lawyer Registration and demographic information

MSBA Issues Statement Regarding the End of the DACA Program

In light of the announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be ended in six months, the Minnesota State Bar Association urges Congress to act quickly to pass legislation that provides a fair, orderly and safe way ahead for the young people affected by this change. The announced suspension of the DACA program without a ready legislative solution threatens the future of thousands of deserving people to pursue their dreams, and places them in danger of deportation. It also threatens our country’s access to a wealth of human potential.

The MSBA believes immigration reform should include a path to lawful permanent residency or U.S. citizenship for undocumented persons who entered the United States as minors and have developed significant ties to the United States while displaying good moral character and passing security screening.

Frequently referred to as Dreamers, the more than 800,000 people who entered the DACA program, including over 6,000 in the State of Minnesota, have significantly contributed to our country both economically and through industry innovation. Indeed, an open letter signed by hundreds of the nation’s top business leaders pointed out that Dreamers contribute $460.3 billion to the national gross domestic product and $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions.

In addition to the economic reasons, the humanitarian motivation for the DACA program is compelling. Dreamers came to this country as children and have embraced this country as their home. To send them back to a foreign land that many do not even remember would be inconsistent with the values on which America was founded.

MSBA Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit

We hope this Toolkit will be a useful resource for MSBA sections and committees as they integrate diversity and inclusion strategies into all MSBA initiatives. Diversity and inclusion are inextricably linked to the MSBA's continued efforts to offer innovative solutions and cutting edge programming for all lawyers in Minnesota. The MSBA sees diversity and inclusion as opportunities to improve the resources we provide to our members and to find the answers and solutions that our members need as they practice law in the 21st century.

Join the Race and Justice Online Community

The Race and Justice Community is an online platform for Minnesota’s legal community (lawyers, paralegals, support staff, legal administrators, etc.) to engage with issues related to race and justice and the role of lawyers in affecting change. It is co-sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, and Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association.

The goals of this initiative are to provide a space for the legal community to: Engage in discussion about race and justice; Share events; Share and comment on ideas, information and resources (e.g. links to articles, blogs, videos, pro bono opportunities); and Blog and comment about race and justice in our community. 

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