Arkansas Bar Commission on Diversity and Inclusion

Arkansas Bar Commission on Diversity and Inclusion

Arkansas Bar Association Diversity Statement

The Association's Diversity Statement as approved by the Board of Governors in 2014 states:
In order to better implement its stated purposes, the Arkansas Bar Association is committed to fostering diversity among the bar and bench. Diversity is an inclusive concept and encompasses, without limitation, race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, nationality, age, disability and marital and parental status. A more diverse bar enables greater innovation and more civility in the legal professions by exposing its member to a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, life experiences, and talents. By mirroring the diverse population of Arkansas, a diverse bar and bench would provide greater understanding and access to justice to all its citizens. The Arkansas Bar Association through its leadership directly and by its Commission on Diversity seeks to achieve a greater understanding of diversity issues and greater diversity of the bar itself.


          Welcome to the Arkansas Bar Association Commission on Diversity and Inclusion (ABCDI), a place where you can learn, grow, and lead.   Here at ABCDI, you will have the opportunity to work with others to operationalize equity in Arkansas.  As chair, my goal is to complement our current leaders and the work that they do to create a fuller, fairer and more equitable opportunity to participate in society, particularly for those who have been historically marginalized.   Your contributions can help us reach this result as we seek to protect the rule of law; to aid in perfecting an imperfect Union; to ensure our representative democracy casts a wide tent, and to ensure that government metes out equal justice under law.
            I want to personally thank all of you in advance for lending this Commission your expertise, time, and commitment to a cause much bigger than any of us.  With your support, together we can lead this Association and the State of Arkansas into that more perfect Union.

Kandice Bell

Report of Results of Survey to Benchmark Attitudes and Understandings of Association Members Related to Concepts of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Part 1

ArkBar's Young Lawyer Section and the Arkansas Bar Commission
on Diversity and Inclusion Award Scholarships!


Congratulations to this year’s recipients Edgar Hernandez and William Yandell from the U of A Law School and Tonisha Cox and Elijah Cummins from Bowen School of Law.

Video Resources

An Introduction to the 
Power Point by Kandice A. Bell, Chair   

Three University of Arkansas Employees Named to Civil Rights Committee

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From left, Cynthia Nance, Danielle Weatherby and Danielle L. Williams.
University of Arkansas

From left, Cynthia Nance, Danielle Weatherby and Danielle L. Williams.

Three University of Arkansas employees were appointed to the Arkansas Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to provide counsel and guidance on diversity, equity and inclusion-related issues.

The commission appointed Cynthia Nance, dean emeritus and Nathan G. Gordon Professor of Law; Danielle Weatherby, associate professor of law; and Danielle L. Williams, assistant vice chancellor and director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance to four-year terms, beginning last month.

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