According to a new survey by the Maine State Bar Association, 28% of nearly 1,400 responding member attorneys said they have witnessed discrimination, disparate treatment, or problematic comments made on account of race or ethnicity within the state’s legal community.

According to the report, the MSBA’s Board of Governors created its diversity committee in 2020 to analyze and address diversity and inclusion efforts within the MSBA. The committee formed a section called Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), designed to serve a specific demographic rather than a certain aspect of practice within the law.

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