Are you a diverse attorney looking to get involved with the bar association and make a difference in your community? If so, the ACBA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion’s Pathway to Leadership (PTL) cohort is for you.
The PTL cohort is an opportunity to learn about the inner workings of the bar association, develop your leadership and professional skills, gain exposure to the pathway to positions on the bench, Non-Profit boards or government while making connections with other diverse attorneys. As a participant in the PTL cohort, you will have the opportunity to:
- Attend monthly meetings and workshops on topics such as leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and advocacy.
- Network with other diverse attorneys and mentors.
- Gain exposure to leadership opportunities within the bar association and community.The PTL program is open to diverse attorneys who work within Allegheny County.
You may have questions about the initiative or may be asked questions. Although, we provided the above e-mail address, below is some background that may answer some of the questions:
- Juris Doctor Degree
- Employment history in the law or other industry.
- Diverse attorney who identifies as persons of color, disabled (as defined by the ADA) or as LGBTQ+.
- Desire to gain skills regarding leadership in the ACBA and community
- Attend one (1) ACBA event may be a substantive section, board level or affinity group program. Cohort members may be allowed to a Board of Governors (BoG) meeting if slots are available.
- Attend the Kickoff (Winter 2024) and Graduation Celebration (Fall 2024)
- Attend two (2) partner programs (e.g., PLDIC).
- Attend two (2) CDI programs – one may be a cohort specific event and one may be a CDI event.
- A cohort project may be required. If one is required, participation will be mandatory for successful completion.
Note that the programs identified for the cohort will fit into the following pillars that the workgroup:
- The Importance of Mentors and Sponsors in Career Development
- Education on DEI Leadership in the community
- Immersion into ACBA events and program
- Collaborating with Substantive Committees and Sections for Leadership Opportunities
The cohort is open to ACBA members and non-members.