To realize the values that comprise the foundation of our American legal system – fairness, representation, access to justice, and equality before the law, among others – it is imperative that the legal profession be reflective of the communities it sets out to serve.
Utah’s bar and bench severely lack such representation. This scarcity of diverse representation negatively affects the ability of our legal institutions to administer justice in a fair and equitable manner and signals to members of Utah’s diverse communities that their interests and voices are neither valued nor welcome. Because law is such a powerful mechanism for protecting the aims of justice and effecting meaningful structural change, the impacts that stem from a lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion in Utah’s legal profession inevitably come to weigh upon our society as a whole.
UCLI aims to play a critical role in resolving these issues. By coordinating with the Utah State Bar and its affinity groups, legal employers, government agencies, educational institutions, businesses, and community partners, UCLI strives to enhance organizational inclusion, facilitate educational opportunities and professional advancement for students and attorneys with diverse backgrounds, assist in eliminating bias in Utah’s justice system, and track the progress of legal inclusion efforts throughout the state. Through programs and initiatives such as these, UCLI is working every day to advance diverse representation and bring about an equitable and inclusive future for Utah’s legal institutions and justice system.