March 31, 2017

Caucuses

ALAA maintains two union caucuses to serve the interests of our diverse membership.

The Attorneys of Color at Legal Aid Caucus (ACLA) was founded in 1990 by staff attorneys of color from the  Criminal, Civil, and Volunteer divisions, together with the Executive Director and the President of ALAA,primarily to address the dismal record of hiring and retaining attorneys of color throughout the society.

We are a caucus of ALAA, and have a representative on the Executive Board.  We actively participate in contract bargaining and in other negotiations concerning our members and communities.  Membership is open to all attorneys of color in the Society.  Through the efforts of ACLA, language was added to the ALAA contract requiring LAS to:

  • Hire an Affirmative Action Officer;
  • Establish a Joint Affirmative Action Task Force
  • Keep and provide to ACLA/ALAA statistics on the hiring and retention of attorneys of color;
  • Incorporate the participation of attorneys of color in the interview and hiring process;
  • Make expedited offers to attorneys of color;
  • Systematically evaluate staff attorneys of color for supervisory positions;
  • Provide mandatory diversity training for staff and supervisors in the areas of race, gender, and sexual orientation.

Contact: Jane-Roberte Sampeur, jrsampeur@legal-aid.org


The LGBTQ Caucus of ALAA exists to work towards our collective goal of empowering LGBTQ staff attorneys in our represented workplaces, in the legal profession, and on beha
lf of LGBTQ communities more broadly

Contact: Jason Wu, jwu@legal-aid.org