For Louis Conti, newly elected chair of The Florida Bar’s business law section, it’s not enough that the Bar has an equal opportunities section dedicated to improving diversity within the organization. In one of his first acts as chair of the 5,000-member section, Conti created a diversity committee to find ways to encourage more minority and women lawyers to participate in the section.

The new committee is the latest of at least three voluntary lawyer groups formed to better meet the needs of diverse lawyers. The Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association and the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association of South Florida were recently resurrected after years of dormancy. Both hope to see greater diversity in the judiciary.

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