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Issues of race and discrimination are in the forefront of problems confronting today’s society. Lawyers and the legal profession must take the lead in how to address and overcome inequities emanating from bias in these areas. On the one hand, it is crucial for the legal profession to celebrate and encourage diversity at all levels, while, on the other, it must lead in combatting bias on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or other differences. These principles should guide lawyers in fulfilling their professional responsibilities as members of the bar generally, as well as in their representation of clients. One way in which the legal profession can sensitize itself to the scope and extent of these problems and potential avenues for remediation is through continuing legal education (CLE). Two states, California and Minnesota, already require attorneys to meet diversity and inclusion requirements. Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, New York’s mandatory CLE requirements includes a Diversity and Inclusion component. Attorneys due to re-register on or after July 1, 2018 must meet the new CLE requirements.

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