Council on Access AND Fairness (COAF)

Apply to serve on the Council on Access and Fairness 

The State Bar Council on Access and Fairness is seeking applications for the 2016-2017 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 pre-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 serves as the State Bar Diversity "think tank" and consists of both lawyers and public members from diverse practice settings and constituencies. The council seeks new members who will have experience that represents the full spectrum of the diversity pipeline. New members are expected to have a working knowledge of diversity pipeline, and ability to engage in strategic visioning towards fulfilling the council's mission statement and goals. 

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 2016-17 terms begin at the conclusion of 2016 State Bar Annual Meeting (Oct. 2, 2016).
  • Expected 2016-17 vacancies:  11 (lawyer and public member positions)
  • Meetings per year: 4, plus monthly committee conference calls and other calls as needed

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

Appointments Office
State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105


Patricia Lee
Special Assistant for Diversity and Bar Relations

Brandi Holmes
Senior Administrative Assistant
Access and Fairness Programs