Law remains one of the least diverse professions nationwide, and this reality holds true in Utah. Despite progress, Utah’s legal profession continues to be largely unreflective of the evolving composition of the state. Available statistics demonstrate that Utah’s legal profession continues to grapple with problems of homogeneity, underrepresentation, and the access to justice issues raised by these conditions.
In early 2017, then Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham, Francis Wikstrom of Parsons Behle & Latimer, and more than a dozen other distinguished leaders of the Utah legal community identified a need for a statewide nonprofit organization focused on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in Utah’s legal profession. In this spirit, the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion (UCLI) was formed.
Lawyers are uniquely positioned to safeguard justice and effect meaningful change, but we can only do so when all voices and perspectives are represented, included, and treated equitably. The UCLI team envisions an increasingly diverse, inclusive, and equitable future for Utah’s legal institutions. UCLI therefore seeks to catalyze Utah’s legal profession and system so all can thrive. Read more about UCLI’s goals and organizational structure here: UCLI Strategic Plan.