Diversity Initiatives

It is the policy of the Grand Rapids Bar Association to champion equal justice for all by:

  • Advocating fairness, equity and equality;
  • Promoting diversity and opposing discrimination; and
  • Fostering respect and civility within the Association, in the administration of justice, and throughout the community.

Vision Statement

The Grand Rapids Bar Association, its members and their leadership and employees shall value and reflect the diversity of the Grand Rapids community. To see the GRBA brochure encouraging diversity, click here.

For more information on participating in Diversity Initiatives, contact Kim Coleman at the Grand Rapids Bar Association Office, 616-454-5550.

3Rs Program

Modeled after the Cleveland Bar Association, the Grand Rapids Bar Association is partnering with the Grand Rapids Public Schools to present an innovative Civics Education Program to all Freshmen Social Studies Students at Ottawa Hills High School. The 3Rs Program provides education regarding Rights, Responsibilities, and Realities and is designed to address fundamental issues facing the students and, ultimately, our city and region. Learn more about the 3Rs Program here.


grabLAW, Grand Rapids Achieve Balance - Life and Work, Life After Work,  is an initiative to help match minority and female attorneys with law career opportunities in West Michigan. Visit grablaw.org for more information or visit grabLAW in the News.

2010 Diversity Roundtable: Retention of Diverse Attorneys

In March of 2010, the Grand Rapids Bar Association hosted a roundtable discussion related to the challenges law firms face in the retention of diverse attorneys. Detailed information on the Diversity Roundtable is located here.

Managing Partners' Diversity Collaborative

The Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative is a group of 13 major Grand Rapids law firms, in association with the GRBA, working together to promote and achieve greater diversity and inclusion in the West Michigan legal community through education, hiring, retention and promotion.  More information can be found here.

Minority Clerkship Program

Each year, the Grand Rapids Bar Association partners with the Floyd Skinner Bar Association to place minority first-year law students in summer clerkships with firms and corporations in the Grand Rapids Area. Additional information on the Minority Clerkship Program, including application information, is available here.



Grand Rapids Bar Association
161 Ottawa Ave. NW Ste. 203-B
Grand Rapids, MI  49503
Phone: 616.454.5550
Fax: 616.454.7707
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