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State Bar of California August 2007 CaliforniaALL Press Release

State Bar of California August 2007 CaliforniaALL Press Release

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The State Bar of California
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State Bar Joins Diversity Partnership
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Diane Curtis 415-538-2028
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San Francisco, Aug. 1, 2007 –
The State Bar of California is joining forces withthe California Public Utilities Commission, the California Public Retirement System andthe state Department of Insurance in a united effort to promote diversity in the workplace.
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California Aspire Achieve Lead Pipeline Project (CaAAL Pipeline Project) willfocus on education and mentoring, starting as early as pre-school, to provide skills andinstill motivation in young people who are not well represented in the legal, financial andinformation technology professions.“The real winners are the young people of California who will advance from theseprograms and the entire populace of California that will have the benefit of a diverse andvibrant pool of bright young people from all sectors of our diverse population,” said
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StateBar President Sheldon Sloan. Sloan beefed up a bar diversity pipeline project put in placeby his predecessors
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that has been embraced by lawyers and jurists statewide.
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Bar Vice President
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Ruthe Ashley, who chairs the bar’s Pipeline Task Force andrecently became CALPERS’ Diversity Officer for External Affairs, “has done a fantastic job of moving this initiative forward,” added Sloan. “Now that she has brought inCALPERS and CAL PUC, this program is here to stay for the foreseeable future.”In large part because of the bar’s experience and success in identifying programsthat help young people move on to successful careers in law,
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CaAAL’s first-year focuswill be on diversifying the legal profession. “We have relationships in place. We havebest practices. We have done the research,” said Ashley. The second-year focus will be
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