Diversity in the Profession Committee


To examine the historical and current status of minorities in the legal profession, and to make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding how the bar can take action to enhance employment and economic opportunities for minorities in the profession and to increase involvement by minorities in the bar.

Glenwood Hill II
Bracewell LLP
1445 Ross Ave Ste 3800
Dallas, TX 75202-2711
(214) 758-1639

Moha Yepuri
U.S. Dept of Justice, Tax Division
717 N Harwood St Ste 400
Dallas, TX 75201-6506
(214) 880-9767

Committee Roster

Current Projects

The Bar Exam Prep Scholarship serves to facilitate diverse students’ entrance into the legal profession by assisting them to meet the challenges and financial burdens of successfully preparing for the Texas Bar Exam. Those eligible for the scholarship are diverse third year law school students who will prepare for the Texas Bar Exam and who attend an ABA-accredited Texas law school.

2018 Scholarship Application COMING SOON

2016-2017 Scholarship Recipients
Roina Baker – University of North Texas Dallas College of Law
Cielo Fortin-Camacho – Texas A&M School of Law
Chris Hsu – University of Houston Law Center
Adia Mercado-Montero – University of Texas School of Law
Chime Nwikoro – SMU Dedman School of Law
Briana Perez – University of Texas School of Law

Texas Minority Law Student Program
The TMLS program offers law students the following: (1) a panel discussion by attorneys at various levels in their respective careers in different sectors of the legal profession; (2) a networking luncheon with the students; and (3) mock interviews.

Texas Minority Attorney Program
The Texas Minority Attorney Program is an event geared towards minority solo and small firm practitioners. Issues addressed at the annual conference include obtaining court appointments, improving office management, and creating and implementing client development strategies.

Texas Minority Counsel Program
The Texas Minority Counsel Program's mission is to expand and increase the opportunities for diverse attorneys who provide legal services for corporate and government clients. Through the TMCP Annual Conference, the program seeks to encourage corporations and government agencies to retain diverse lawyers for outside counsel work.

Periodicals and Reports

Texas Spectrum Newsletter
Published bi-annually, the Texas Spectrum is the official newsletter of the State Bar Office of Minority Affairs, produced in conjunction with the Diversity in the Profession Committee. Articles included in the publication deal with issues that affect minorities and women in the legal profession. The publication's mailing list includes, but is not limited to: all minority attorneys, leaders of minority and women bar associations, State Bar leaders, law schools, and the Supreme Court justices. Send an email to minorityaffairs@texasbar.com to subscribe to this e-newsletter.

Reports on Demographic and Economic Trends 
Produced by the State Bar of Texas Research and Analysis Department

History: Who We are

In 1989, the Diversity in the Profession Committee, formerly known as the Opportunities for Minorities in the Profession Committee, was created by then State Bar President Darrell Jordan of Dallas. Its purpose was to enhance opportunities for minorities in the legal profession and to increase minority involvement in the bar. Just one year after its inception, the State Bar institutionalized the committee as a standing committee, and its members successfully worked with the State Bar Board of Directors to initiate an ethnicity survey of bar membership, create a permanent staff position dedicated exclusively to minority affairs, and approve the support for diversity in State Bar grievance committees.

Building from such a strong foundation of unique ideas and individuals, the Committee was able to continue to turn its goals into reality through projects like 1993's Statement of Goals for the Hiring and Retention of Minority Lawyers, and 1997's Symposium for Excellence in the Profession: Focus on Diversity. Since 1993, however, the flagship project of the Committee has been the Texas Minority Counsel Program.

The TMCP brings minority and women attorneys together with representatives of corporate and governmental legal departments to discuss outside counsel opportunities and earn valuable CLE credit. Since 1995, the TMCP has sustained yearly averages of more than 300 attendees, over 37 participating corporations, and greater than 280 informational interviews. The program is considered to be the largest networking event for minority lawyers in Texas.

The Committee also spearheads the annual Texas Minority Attorney Program, a newly created networking event geared towards minority and women solo and small firm practitioners.

In 2002 the Committee adopted its current name, the Diversity in the Profession Committee, to reflect the changing demographics of the state of Texas. Not lost, though, was the Committee's continual focus on promoting and pursuing new prospects and opportunities for all minority attorneys.

Continuing Goals

Racial Diversity in the Judiciary

   To continue to explore ways to increase the number of minority judges at all levels    of the judicial system. A subcommittee will be charged with the task of developing    an informational seminar about becoming a Judge.

Maintaining Diversity in Texas Law Schools

   To seek an increase in the number of minority law students in Texas law schools.    The Diversity in the Profession Committee will examine ways to make LSAT prep    courses available to economically disadvantaged college students.

Minority Representation on the State Bar Board of Directors

   To develop a program to identify and encourage minority attorneys to serve on the    State Bar Board. The ideas developed by the Committee will be implemented in    cooperation with local minority bars.

Law Firm Diversity

   The Diversity in the Profession Committee always remains committed to    encouraging and facilitating the recruitment and retention of minority lawyers in    major Texas law firms. In addition, the committee will continue to assist bar    associations for which it has helped launch a Statement of Goals initiative    assessing the hiring and retention of minorities by signatories to the statement.

Contact Us

P.O. Box 12487
Austin, TX 78711-2487
Ph: (512) 427-1463, ext. 1516 or (800) 204-2222, ext. 1516
Fax: (512) 427-4276  

Office of Minority Affairs
1414 Colorado St.
Austin, TX 78701-1627
Ph: (512) 427-1463, ext. 1538 or
(800) 204-2222, ext. 1538
Fax: (512) 427-4439

1414 Colorado St.
Austin, TX 78701-1627
Ph: (512) 427-1463 or
(800) 204-2222
Fax: (512) 427-4104

Office of Research and Analysis
1414 Colorado St.
Austin, TX 78701-1627
Ph: (512) 427-1463, ext. 1724 or
(800) 204-2222, ext. 1724
Fax: (512) 427-4100

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