Crowe & Dunlevy has long supported diversity initiatives at the national and local levels. In 1999, we were a founding member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Legal Opportunity Scholarship, created for the purpose of assisting talented young diverse students in completing their legal studies. We created the Crowe & Dunlevy Diversity Scholars Program at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, which has now been instituted at the University of Tulsa College of Law as well. This program provides financial support for diverse law students who show both need and commitment to the field of law. We are a regular sponsor of the ABA Spirit of Excellence Awards Luncheon held annually at the ABA Mid-Year Meeting, at which lawyers and others are recognized for their works in creating diversity in the legal profession and advancing justice for diverse Americans. We also partner with the public schools in our community to encourage diverse students to consider careers in the legal profession.
William G. Paul, past ABA president and advisory director, made increasing diversity in the legal profession the top priority during his year in office (1999-2000). He lead efforts to establish the ABA Diversity Center, and broadened efforts of all ABA entities to monitor and increase their own diversity is a result of those efforts. In 2002, he was awarded the ABA Spirit of Excellence Award by the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity for his commitment to improving opportunities in the profession for lawyers of color.
Jimmy K. Goodman, of counsel and a past president and chair of the firm, served on the ABA's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession as Commissioner (1999-2002), the ABA’s Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice as a Council member (2003-2004), and the ABA’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (2008-2010). He is former co-chair of the ABA Task Force on Human Trafficking and currently serves on the ABA Board of Governors and the American Bar Foundation Board of Directors.
As further service toward promoting diversity in our profession and judicial system, our attorneys regularly participate in reviewing applications received for the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship and for the ABA Litigation Section’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program.