Diversity & Inclusion

“Diversity – in effect the differences among us – is reflected in a number of ways: race, religion, sexual orientation, and cultural behaviors. To operate and manage effectively with these demographics, ALA’s Diversity Initiative is designed to increase awareness of and sensitivity to the differences among our workforce, and to advance the concepts of inclusiveness and acceptance.” – Association of Legal Administrators

The Maryland Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators has a standing committee on diversity and inclusion. In tandem with ALA Headquarters, the mission of the Maryland Chapter is to increase awareness of, and sensitivity to, diversity within our Association and the local legal community. The diversity and inclusion committee welcomes your thoughts, comments and suggestions. Please feel free to contact the Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chairperson, Ruth Fry, with your ideas to help attain the Chapter’s goals of great diversity in our Chapter. The Maryland Chapter Diversity & Inclusion Committee includes:

ALA Diversity Initiative

In conjunction with their goal to increase diversity throughout the Association, ALA launched the ALA Diversity Initiative. A number of tools are available directly through ALA Headquarters, including ALA Resources, a Diversity Toolkit, a Mentoring Guide, Tip Sheets and the Scorecard Roadmap to Change for ALA Chapter Leaders and Law Office Administrators. ALA’s Diversity Initiative is overseen by the ALA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

Diversity and Inclusion College Scholarship

Created specifically for all Maryland high school students, the Association of Legal Administrator’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee hopes to identify two rising students from a Maryland public or private high school to be awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Read more about the 2017 Scholarship:   MDALA Scholarship 2017

Please note all entries must be received by August 31, 2017.

Diversity Resources

Below you’ll find links to various diversity resources we’ve found helpful. Through these resources, you can gain access to research, how-to articles, training seminars, white papers, diversity-related toolkits and more.

Know of a great resource? Let us know!

The Maryland Chapter Diversity & Inclusion Committee is always looking for additional resources for educating our members about diversity. If you know of a great resource, please contact the Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chairperson.



Employee Support


Video Credit

Planning Inclusive Events

Diversity Resources from ALA

Legal Diversity Organizations

Making a Personal Diversity Development Plan

Benchmarking Surveys

Diversity Professionals Roles and Job Descriptions