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The business case for D&I

In September, the MSBA Council approved the Diversity & Inclusion Council’s Statement of Commitment for the Business Case, Value Proposition, and Professional Obligation. (You can read it by visiting This document outlines the professional obligation that all attorneys have to advance diversity and inclusion as part of our dedication to equality and the rule of law. In summary, “Without diversity and inclusion, our nation’s commitment to the rule of law will ring hollow, our system of justice will be in jeopardy, and our economic system will not only fail to thrive, it will be threatened by inequality and unfairness.… Our duty along these lines is not satisfied by aspirations alone; it is a duty of action and results. It is our obligation, and our duty, to strengthen the rich equality that comes from meaningful diversity and inclusion, at every turn.”

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