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Diversity Leadership Institute
The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division's Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) is a six-month leadership and mentoring program for Tennessee law students in their second, third or fourth years of study. 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
Class size is limited to a total of 20 to 25 students selected from across the state. The goal of the program is to have a diverse class, so selection is based in part on race, ethnicity, gender, age, background, geographical factors and law schools attended.To learn more about the program download this one-page description.
Applications for the 2014 class are now available! Learn more below.
2014 Class Information
The 2014 Diversity Leadership Institute program will begin with an opening retreat Jan. 17-18, 2014, in Nashville. Attendance is required but double occupancy hotel accommodations and mileage reimbursement will be provided for participants living outside of the Nashville area. 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 leadership 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 should focus on a topic related to diversity. To help participants meet these requirements — and network with practicing lawyers in their local area — class members will be invited to attend public service projects, educational seminars and membership events planned by the TBA YLD. Participants also are encouraged to get involved in activities sponsored by their local bar associations as a way to meet these requirements.
The Institute will conclude with a final session and graduation ceremony June 13-14, 2014, during the TBA Annual Convention in Gatlinburg. Again, attendance is required but double occupancy hotel accommodations and mileage reimbursements will be provided for those who live outside the Gatlinburg area.
- Applicants must be enrolled in a Tennessee law school, and must be in their second, third or fourth years of study.
- Applicants must be TBA law student members. Students interested in applying for the program who have not yet joined the TBA may do so online. Join here or learn more about the benefits of law student membership.
- Applicants must be available to attend two in-person meetings during the course of the six-month program:
Jan. 17-18, 2014, in Nashville
June 13-14, 2014, in Gatlinburg
- Applicants must submit the following:
2. Three (3) written essays (Select from 10 possible questions. Please limit each essay to 200 words or less. Use a separate sheet for each essay and restate the question at the beginning of the essay. Be sure to put name on each essay. Questions are printed in the application.)
3. Copy of current resume
- Applications should be submitted to TBA staff member Stacey Shrader Joslin by email to email@example.com, by fax to (615) 297-8058 or by mail to Tennessee Bar Association, 221 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37219.
- The deadline for applying is 5 p.m. Central time on Dec. 2.
- The Selection Committee will notify candidates of its decision by Dec. 19.
Key Program Dates
The following timeline provides a summary of the program deadlines and other key dates for participating students:
|Dec. 2 @ 5 p.m. Central||Student applications due in the TBA office|
|Dec. 19||Successful applicants notified of acceptance|
|Jan. 17-18, 2014||Opening Retreat in Nashville (mandatory)|
|March/April 2014||Distance program (TBD)|
|June 6, 2014||All program requirements completed|
|June 13-14, 2014||Final program, service project and graduation (mandatory)|