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2017-2018 NCBP Diversity Scholarship Winners
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2017-2018 Diversity Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the following individuals who were named NCBP Diversity Scholars for 2017-2018:

Name Bar Association ST
Rishi Bagga South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA) FL
Kate Conyers Women Lawyers of Utah UT
Pankit Doshi National Asian Pacific American Bar Association CA
Garlinck Dumont George W. Crawford Black Bar Association CT
Donn Fresard Detroit Bar Association MI
David Grimes The Florida Government Bar Association FL
Carlton Martin Marion County Bar Association (Indianapolis) IN
Shawndrica Simmons Black Women Lawyers' Association of Michigan MI
Roberta Tepper Arizona Women Lawyers Association AZ
Juan Thomas National Bar Association IL


The goal of the NCBP Diversity & Inclusion Committee is to strengthen the alliance between associations of all kinds where information is shared and cooperation is enhanced to the benefit of the organized bar, the profession, and society as a whole. Understanding that some bars may not have budgeted for participation in an NCBP Annual or Midyear Meeting, the NCBP Executive Council has established Diversity Scholarships, for the Annual and Midyear Meetings, in order to reach out to a broader range of bar leaders, including leaders of associations for lawyers of color, women attorneys, LGBT attorneys, lawyers with physical challenges, as well as smaller county and metro bar associations.

This scholarship includes the following benefits:

  • Registration fee waiver for the NCBP Annual and Midyear Meetings (a $490 value per meeting for officers of nonmember bar associations)
  • An additional stipend of up to $500 for travel expenses for each meeting. 
  • Inclusion in one or more NCBP Committees 
  • Free membership in NCBP for one year (unless the bar is already a member of NCBP)

By providing these benefits, the NCBP Diversity Scholars will be exposed to a wide-range of bar leaders, who can candidly share their successes and failures in their leadership roles and be available for open dialogue on all issues. Through this process, the Diversity Scholars will develop their own leadership style and learn how to put that style into action, as well as providing national networking opportunities with other bar leaders.