Council on Access AND Fairness (COAF)

Apply to serve on the Council on Access and Fairness Deadline extended to March 16 

The State Bar Council on Access and Fairness is seeking applications for the 2015-2016 committee year. The Council on Access and Fairness advises the Board of Trustees on advancing State Bar diversity strategies and goals. The diversity pipeline includes the early education pipeline K to 12; college, law school and bar exam prep; recruitment, hiring, retention and promotion in the profession; and judicial diversity.

The 25-member council consists of both attorney and public members from diverse constituencies and practice settings. The council seeks new members who have experience that represents the full spectrum of the diversity pipeline. New members are expected to have a working knowledge of diversity pipeline issues and experience developing and implementing strategic initiatives to address the issues. 

In alignment with the COAF mission, vision statement, strategies and goals, we seek council members who have fulfilled the following qualities:

  • A demonstrated working knowledge of diversity pipeline issues  
  • A sustained  record of leadership and actual performance addressing challenges along the diversity pipeline  
  • A proven ability to engage in strategic visioning and to work in a “think tank” model towards fulfilling the council’s vision and mission statement

Applicants also must have the ability to:

  • Create, focus on and implement initiatives that have an impact on the full pipeline
  • Produce institutional and attitudinal changes to create a culture of inclusion within the legal profession and judiciary that fosters diversity;
  • Serve as a catalyst for change by framing and communicating ways to respond to diversity challenges on the part of the legal profession and  to inspire and empower potential lawyers from diverse communities;
  • Lead, partner, collaborate or coordinate with existing entities and individuals already working toward the goal of diversity within the justice system to achieve that goal; and/or
  • Create mechanisms to measure change in the diversity of the legal profession over time.

Areas of focus

The COAF focuses on initiatives in the four diversity areas along the pipeline including:  Early Education Pipeline; College/Law School/Bar Exam;  Legal Profession (e.g. recruitment, hiring, retention and promotion); and the Judiciary. The COAF will consider the qualifications of all applicants in light of its current needs for expertise in these specific aspects of its work.

Terms, vacancies and meeting schedules

  • The 2015-16 terms begin at the conclusion of 2015 State Bar Annual Meeting (Oct. 11, 2015).
  • Expected 2015-16 vacancies:  7 (lawyer and public member positions)
  • Meetings per year: 4, plus monthly committee conference calls and other calls as needed

Download the application forms in word or PDF on the bar's website. Send completed applications to:

Appointments Office
The State Bar of California
180 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105


Patricia Lee
Special Assistant for Diversity and Bar Relations

Brandi Holmes
Senior Administrative Assistant
Access and Fairness Programs