John Mercer Langston Bar Salutes Columbus Bar Initiative

Carl Smallwood and Judge McIntosh accepted the Outstanding Organization Award for the Columbus Bar's Managing Partners Diversity Initiative from JMLBA President Anthony Sharett and Treasurer Jennifer Adair at the award ceremony hosted by Chester Willcox & Saxbe, held May 27, 2010.

The CBA's effort is seen as a model program for bar associations across the country, and has been recognized locally, statewide and nationally, including receiving the 2003 "Diversity Champion" award from United Way, the 2005 "Achievement Award" from the Ohio Society of Association Executives, and the 2003 "Partnership Award" from the American Bar Association.

The most effective diversity efforts, programs, initiatives and/or studies recognized through the years have been:

Programs and Initiatives

  • Managing Partners Diversity Initiative (2001-2005), (2006-1010) and Annual MPDI Meetings
  • Annual Networking Receptions
  • Midwest BLSA Regional Convention - Primary Sponsor
  • Major sponsorship of the John Mercer Langston Bar Association Conferences for Aspiring African American Attorneys - 2006, 2008
  • Sponsorship of the Minority Clerkship Program 20th Reunion in 2007
Seminars and Training
  • Professional Development Presentations for Management and Minorities
  • Developed and presented three diversity training courses with CLE credit for management/leadership tailored for the Columbus legal market
  • Mentoring Seminars
  • Cultural Competence Seminars for Summer Associates
  • Diversity and Sexual Orientation Training For Board of Governors
  • Diversity Coordinator/Partner Roundtable
  • Website Enhancements to Better Promote Diversity
  • Presentations by Advisory Committee, Board of Governors, Executive Director and Diversity Director
  • Joint Law School Recruitment Brochure
Expanding Capacity
  • Supported the establishment of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Central Ohio by being a major sponsor of the inaugural event
  • Explored establishment of a local Hispanic Bar Association chapter
  • Researched, developed and shared criteria for minority scholarships that helped increase the number offered by signatories from one to ten
  • Increased the participation of attorneys of color in bar membership and leadership positions