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March 2008

DILP Minutes/March 4, 2008


Attendees: Cindy Hyman, Kathleen Nalty, Damien Arguello (phone), Andy McCallin, Jason Prussman (phone), Andrea Mueller, Jack Patten (phone), Meshach Rhoades (phone), Timothy Schimberg (phone), Elsa Martinez Tenriero (phone) and Kimberley Cronin

Minutes: February minutes reviewed and approved

Conference Scholarships: (Cindy Hyman)

? Damien and Cindy presented a recommendation to the CBA executive Committee and the DBA Board of Governors for final approval of the scholarships for Du and CU law schools.  The scholarship language was approved and the checks should be received by Cindy on March 4, 2008.  There is just over $27,000 for DU Law School and CU Law School.

Dean’s Diversity Council: (Kathleen Nalty)

? The Council met on February 4, 2008.  It is contemplating making a video of Julia Lynn, in conjunction with Holland & Hart LLP, interpreting the survey results to get the results into the legal community.
? The Denver Business Journal called and asked to do a story on CCIE and a side story on the Diversity Survey.  The story should run in mid-April.
? Students reported to the Council regarding the effect on recruitment, retention and inclusiveness.
? The Council will meet again in October in Boulder.  They are considering having George Sparks, the CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science speak at the meeting.

Colorado Council for Inclusive Excellence (CCIE):  (Kathleen Nalty)

? The CCIE Inclusiveness Manual was printed.  Legal language was added and a contract was signed with the Denver Foundation. 
? Attendees of the March 19th Summit will receive a free copy of the manual.
? Kamlet Shepherd Reichert, LLP will pilot the inclusiveness campaign.  Qwest and Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP are also considering getting involved.
? 80 participants are already signed up for the March 19th Summit and there are many sponsorships already lined up as well.
? The ABA Law Practice Management Section will publish an article about the Dean’s Diversity Council and CCIE written in conjunction with a CU student in the National Law Journal’s June issue.  It will include a side story about what is happening with the conference.  Momentum is growing.  Hopefully the publicity will get firms thinking about inclusiveness.

Discussion re: changing meeting time to 4:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday:  (Cindy Hyman)

? The CCIE is trying to streamline the diversity groups especially where there is a good amount of overlap between the Pipeline Working Group and DILP.  Attendance at DILP meeting is going down.  The Pipeline Working Group would like to start combining the DILP meetings with the Pipeline meetings starting in April 2008.  It is suggested that the groups meet from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month.  Members of DILP agree that Tuesday works best for them.

Qwest Diversity Awards:  (Cindy Hyman)

? Cindy asks that everyone start thinking about the Qwest Diversity Awards and being on the committee.  The process will begin in June/July of 2008.  The awards will be given out at the annual fall reception.  The artists for the awards will be the same as last year.  2-3 people will be needed for the committee.

New Business:  (Cindy Hyman)

?   The CBA would like to rework the DILP jobsite and streamline job search areas on their website.  The DILP job search area was initially created to help diverse attorneys find job opportunities with employers who were seeking diverse candidates.  It has become less DILP oriented and more CBA oriented and, as Elsa mentioned, not targeted towards diversity.  Cindy suggests that DILP think about adding a statement to the jobsite regarding diversity.  The CBA would like employers to pay to use the site.  DILP can’t pick up the screening of employers again.  It is suggested that a graduated rate schedule be put into place where non-profits, government agencies and small law firms would pay a smaller fee with larger firms and corporations paying a larger fee to post job opportunities on the site.
? CCIE may be able to create a job search area on its site in the future.
? Cindy receives emails from a CBA approved job search site and suggests that the fees for the DILP site be lower than the fees on that site.  She remembers the fees being in the 1,000-1,500 range, maybe higher.  Andrea from the CBA will look into this.
? DU Law School is hosting the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) this summer for a period of six weeks for students who are considering applying to law school.  CLEO provides test taking and LSAT prep programs for the students.  CLEO has asked CCIE what they can do for the students during the six week program.  Suggestions are to host the DALRA Minority Student Reception during that time, field trips to a courthouse or law firm and host meetings for students with diverse attorneys at either DU Law School or a downtown location.
? A non-profit housed at DU Law School is going to get together with CLEO to work on pipeline issues during the summer with the high school students.  Kathleen is planning to meet with the group in April.  Andy will help Kathleen put something together to propose to the specialty bars.
? DILP considered sponsoring a lunch or dinner for the students.  Elsa believes the DILP budget is $250.  A motion was made and seconded to sponsor a lunch or dinner for the students in the amount of $150. 
?  Cindy discussed the progress of the 2008 Colorado Pledge to Diversity Summer Clerkship Program.  Ranking from 1Ls and firms/corporations are due on March 10, 2008.  The 1L match will be made on March 12, 2008.  There are currently 23 spots available for 36 candidates.  The internship program is discussed.  Although members would like to see the internship program up and running, it hasn’t been organized to do so this year.  Cindy suggests discussing the minimum GPA and raising it since students with below a 2.6, without anything outstanding about them, are typically cut before first round interviews and, if they make it past first round interviews, are the last ones chosen in the draft.  DILP doesn’t want to see students being brought into the program and set up to fail.  It is suggested that DILP reach out to students or get the law schools involved somehow.  Kathleen noted that Dean Juarez has students on academic probation participate in certain programs that are geared towards helping them succeed.  DU Law School is addressing its students poor bar passage rates.  Kathleen suggests that this issue may be one for the Recruiting Working Group.  Kimberley will talk to Dan Vigil at DU Law School to find out what the school is doing to help students who are on academic probation.  Jack will send an email to Hubert Farbes and Carolyn McIntosh regarding the issue. 
? DILP will meet April 1, 2008 at 4 p.m. at the offices of the CBA.