Welcome to the Diversity Conference

diversity conference logoThe Diversity Conference was established in 2010 to bring together VSB members interested in increasing diversity in the legal profession and in ensuring that Virginia meets the legal needs of an increasingly diverse population. The Diversity Conference’s mission is to foster and encourage diversity in admission to the bar and advancement in the profession and the judiciary, to serve as a catalyst for creating professional leadership and bar service opportunities in the legal profession in Virginia, and to work to ensure that the legal system is responsive to the changing legal needs of the people of Virginia.

Our Goals

  • Increase diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
  • Maintain the quality of legal services in Virginia.
  • Increase diversity and inclusion at all levels of the judiciary.
  • Increase advancement of diverse individuals in the profession.
  • Increase involvement of diverse lawyers in VSB governance.
  • Provide a forum to assist the profession and judiciary in addressing the legal needs of a diverse population.

Join the Conference

Sign to your Member Portal from the top right corner of any VSB webpage to join the Diversity Conference through your Member Participation tab.

Upcoming Events

DateTitleLocation
Apr 02   |VSB-Sponsored Free and Low-cost CLE Webinars - ongoingVarious, VAWEB12345
Apr 22   |Diversity Conference, Nominating Committee MeetingVirtual, 042224DV
May 29   |2024 VSB Annual MeetingVirginia Beach, VA053024AM
May 31   |Diversity Conference Meeting, Lunch, & Awards PresentationVirginia Beach, VA053124DV
Jul 07   |Oliver Hill/Samuel Tucker Pre-Law InstituteRichmond, VA070724DV

What's New?

2024 Annual Meeting Registration Is Open

Posted on 3/15/2024
Online registration is open for the 2024 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be in Virginia Beach May 29 – June 1. We hope to see you there!

Justice Cleo E. Powell Receives 2023 Clarence M. Dunnaville Jr. Award

Posted on 5/17/2023
The Honorable Cleo Elaine Powell, justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, has been awarded the Clarence M. Dunnaville Jr. Achievement Award, sponsored by the Diversity Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

Welcome to the New VSB Website and Member Portal

Posted on 4/3/2023
The Virginia State Bar has just launched a new website and member portal to improve services and access to information for Virginia lawyers and the public. Sign in instructions for the new site included.

Answering the Call to Serve: The Need for Cultural Competency in The Legal Profession

Posted on 12/16/2022
Answering the Call to Serve: The Need for Cultural Competency in The Legal Profession

Diversity Conference Leaders Win Big Awards at VSB Annual Meeting

Posted on 12/16/2022
Diversity Conference Leaders Win Big Awards At VSB Annual Meeting.

The Latest from Invictus

Answering the Call to Serve: The Need for Cultural Competency in The Legal Profession

Posted on 12/16/2022
Answering the Call to Serve: The Need for Cultural Competency in The Legal Profession

The PhD Project: Building A Stronger, More Diverse Workforce. Together.

Posted on 12/16/2022
The PhD Project addresses a hidden barrier to workforce diversity: the lack of diversity among college professors.

Diversity Conference Leaders Win Big Awards at VSB Annual Meeting

Posted on 12/16/2022
Diversity Conference Leaders Win Big Awards At VSB Annual Meeting.

Editor's Corner

Posted on 12/16/2022
December 2022 edition of the Editor's Corner from August Bequai.

Rupen R. Shah Receives Clarence Dunnaville Award

Posted on 5/30/2018
The Honorable Rupen R. Shah of Staunton has been selected for the 2018 Clarence M. Dunnaville Jr. Achievement Award.