The goal of the National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP) Diversity & Inclusion Committee is to strengthen the alliance between associations of all kinds to the benefit of the organized bar, the profession, and society as a whole. In order to reach out to a broader range of bar leaders, NCBP has established the Diversity Scholarship program.
2020-2021 Diversity Scholarship Benefits
The NCBP Executive Council has established a scholarship for diversity leaders. This scholarship includes the following benefits:
- Registration fee waiver for the 2020 NCBP Annual Meeting and 2021 NCBP Midyear Meetings (a $495+ value per meeting for officers of nonmember bar associations). If the 2020 Annual Meeting is held virtually instead of in-person, Diversity Scholars will receive a fee waiver to the virtual meeting. See NCBP's past meetings.
If necessary, scholarship winners may defer up to one meeting so that they may attend two meetings during an 18-month period. Request to defer meeting attendance must be made at least one month prior to the meeting.
- An additional stipend of up to $500 for travel expenses for each meeting - scholarship winners must complete a post-meeting evaluation prior to being given travel reimbursement. If the 2020 Annual Meeting is held virtually, no travel stipend will be given.
- Inclusion in one or more NCBP Committees.
- Free membership in NCBP for one year - if your bar is already a member of NCBP, refunds will not be given. Free membership is only applied to individual fellows memberships and organizations who are not already members 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.
The Application Process
The NCBP Diversity & Inclusion Committee is accepting applicants for the 2020-2021 Diversity Scholarship.
Scholarship recipients must attend all NCBP programming provided during the NCBP Annual and Midyear Meetings; those who do not attend NCBP events may be asked to repay their scholarship. Scholarship applications are open to any of the following individuals:
- Officers of any of the following types of bar associations:
a) State or local bar for women lawyers
b) State or local bar for LGBT lawyers
c) State or local bar for lawyers of color
d) Other minority or affinity bar associations
d) Small local bars with under 1,000 members
- Bar Leaders who otherwise would be financially unable to attend. This can occur from a number of factors including the size and type of bar association, the annual budget of the association and the capacity of the organization to provide professional development training on its own.
- Bar Leaders who represent an association of at least 100 members.
- Bar Leaders who, by their participation, would improve the diversity of the NCBP.
- Bar leaders who are able to attend two NCBP meetings, and participate in at least one NCBP committee during their scholarship year.
- Those who have not attended an NCBP Annual or Midyear Meeting in the past five years will be given priority.
An applicant need not satisfy all of the criteria specified above.
For consideration, please follow the link below to complete the application no later than Friday, June 12, 2020. Scholarship recipients will be notified by email on or before Friday, June 19, 2020.
For questions about the Diversity Scholarship process, please contact Teresa Peavy, ABA Division for Bar Services Committees Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.