In 2005, the Evansville Bar Association (“EBA”) established a Diversity Task Force with the goal of designing and implementing "best practices" for developing, recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce in the legal community of Southwestern Indiana. Since that time, the Diversity Task Force has become a standing EBA committee which has facilitated a number of outreach activities to minority students interested in a career in the law and established a minority clerkship program which provides stipends to local employers to help defray employment costs for minority summer law clerks and/or interns.
Current programs include:
Career Fairs: Members of the EBA Diversity Committee regularly participate in area career fairs and on-campus presentations to local high schools and colleges to provide information to interested minority students about careers in the law.
Summer Minority Clerkship/Intern Program: Under the EBA Summer Minority Clerkship/Intern Program, the EBA Diversity Committee collects resumes from eligible college and law school students interested in pursuing a legal career, distributes them to interested local employers in the legal community and provides stipends to local employers to help defray employment costs associated with hiring a minority summer law clerk or intern. Interested students should click here. Flyer Interested employers should click here. FAQ
ICLEO Participation: The EBA Diversity Committee facilitates participation by local employers in the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity (ICLEO) Summer Jobs Program. In addition, EBA members annually make a presentation on interviewing skills to incoming first year law students participating in the ICLEO Summer Institute.
Teen Court: Members of the EBA Diversity Committee partner with Youth Resources Vanderburgh County Teen Court program to educate and build relationships with students interested in pursuing a career in the legal field. These connections allow students to gain an understanding of possible ways in which they can achieve their goal of becoming an attorney, paralegal, or court interpreter. For more information on Youth Resources Teen Court, visit www.youth-resources.org/teencourt.
High School and College Information Sessions: Members of the EBA Diversity Committee attend information sessions at the local high schools and colleges and answer student questions about careers in the law.
Mentor Program: Students from the Randall T. Shepard Academy for Law and Social Justice are matched up with practicing attorneys for one-on-one mentoring about careers in the law and job shadowing.
If you are interested in learning more about the EBA Diversity Committee programs, please contact: Susan Vollmer, firstname.lastname@example.org or (812) 463-3201.