As a nonprofit “best practice,” one of our goals at the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion is to begin standardizing and making available all of our program materials. In contrast to for-profit industries, this is considered a “best practice” because our focus is an issue, not a product. Thus, in theory, if our answer to a problem works and we can circulate and make available our solution as thoroughly as possible, we won’t need to exist anymore. Again, in contrast to for-profit industries, the goal of nonprofits is to not need to exist anymore. As it stands, however, we are actively engaged in addressing the issue of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Utah legal profession.
One of our programs includes the Utah Law Student Mentoring Program. In an effort to standardize and make available our program materials, we have created and distributed a program manual. Law student mentees meet monthly with their assigned attorney mentors and work through the goals they set together at the beginning of their mentorship. By consulting with each other and the program manual, all three can work together to work through some of the more challenging questions that students from historically underrepresented backgrounds face as they consider a career in law.