Arkansas Bar Commission on Diversity and Inclusion

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            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.







Act 561 Video
Many thanks to Governor Asa Hutchinson, Chief Justice John Kemp,  MLK Commissioner DuShun Scarbrough,
Association President Paul Keith, and ABCDI Chair Kandice Bell for their contributions to the Act 561 video.

Arkansas Bar Commission Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Video
Many thanks to the moderator Anthony McMullen, panelist Judge Wiley Branton, Judge Carlton Jones, Judge Shanice Johson, Phil Kaplan, Deepali Lal, Gwendolyn Rucker and 
Association President Paul Keith, for their contributions to the Arkansas Bar Commission Diversity, Equity and Inclusion video.

ABCDI Survey

This anonymous survey is for benchmarking and helping monitor the Arkansas Bar Association’s (“Association”) efforts in the areas of equity, social justice and inclusion. This survey will be used by the Arkansas Bar Association Commission on Diversity and Inclusion to develop strategies to enhance opportunities for inclusion in the Association. We appreciate your input and thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.



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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