Letter to the Editor, 0817 UTBJ, Vol. 30, No. 4. 6

Letter to the Editor

Vol. 30 No. 4 Pg. 6

Utah Bar Journal

August, 2017

July, 2017

Dear Editor,

In the March/April 2017 issue of the Utah Bar Journal, I was pleased to see the announcement of the formation of the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion (UCLI) which promotes diversity within the legal community here in Utah.

However, I was dismayed to see in the article, “The Utah Center for Legal Inclusion” that lawyers with disabilities were not included in the discussion even though statistics regarding attorneys with disabilities was mentioned in the 2016 NALP report (see p. 16). There are plenty of wonderful attorneys with disabilities in Utah who make positive contributions to the Bar and who provide excellent services to the clients they serve.

If the Utah Bar is seeking to create a more diverse and inclusive Bar, that cannot be achieved if attorneys with disabilities are left out of the conversation and not considered in the activities of the UCLI.

The Utah legal profession benefits from having paralegals, attorneys and judges who have a disability and that should be factored in future discussions about promoting diversity within our profession.

Sincerely,

Jared Allebest

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