Offers Made to 2014 DLI Class Members

The YLD Diversity Committee met this month to review applications for the 2014 Diversity Leadership Institute, a six-month leadership and mentoring program for Tennessee law students. Now in its fourth year, the program is designed to develop skills to succeed as a law student and attorney; empower students to contribute more to the legal community; match students to mentors in a diverse variety of practice areas; and build relationships among students of diverse backgrounds. The committee selected a class of 23, representing each of Tennessee’s six law schools and offering a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Offers to join the class are now pending with the students.

The 2014 Diversity Leadership Institute program will begin with an opening retreat Jan. 17-18, 2014, in Nashville. At the retreat, participants will learn the identity of their mentors, get to know fellow class members and be introduced to leadership and diversity concepts that will be explored throughout the program. During the six-month program, participants will be required to meet with their mentor at least twice, complete one community service activity, and attend two continuing legal education seminars, at least one of which must include a diversity component. The Institute will conclude with a final session and graduation ceremony June 13-14, 2014, during the TBA Annual Convention in Gatlinburg.

Watch for more details about the new class and photos from their first meeting in the January issue of E-DICT.