NCBP offers Diversity Scholarships twice a year in order to reach out to a broader range of bar leaders, including leaders of associations for lawyers of color, women attorneys, LGBT attorneys, lawyers with physical challenges, as well as smaller county bar associations. Understanding that some bars may not have budgeted for participation in an NCBP annual or midyear meeting, the NCBP Executive Council has established a scholarship for the leaders of such bars. The goal is to initiate an alliance between associations of all kinds where information is shared and cooperation is enhanced to the benefit of the organized bar, the profession, and society as a whole.
2015 Midyear Meeting
The NCBP Diversity Committee is accepting applicants for Diversity Scholarships for attendance at the 2015 NCBP Midyear Meeting in Houston, TX. This year’s meeting will be held February 5-7, at the Hilton Americas. Leaders from bars of all sizes and types will attend the NCBP Midyear Meeting to exchange ideas, network and discuss the importance of the legal profession.
Application & Deadlines
For consideration, please follow the link below to complete the application no later than Friday, November 14, 2014. Scholarship recipients will be notified by email on or before Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 in order to register for the meeting before the Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 Early Bird Deadline.
Guidelines & Eligibility
Scholarship recipients will receive complimentary registration to the 2015 NCBP Midyear Meeting ($490 for officers of non-member bar associations). Complimentary registration includes a reception on Thursday, February 5, breakfast and lunch on Friday, Feburary 6, and breakfast on Saturday, Febuaray 7, and all Friday and Saturday programming. In addition, complimentary registration includes access to all ABA Annual Meeting non-ticketed events, including the ABA EXPO Reception on Friday. NCBP will also award stipends of up to $600 to qualified recipients traveling outside the Houston metropolitan area (stipend amount(s) to be determined by the NCBP Diversity Committee). Scholarship recipients must attend NCBP events; those who do not attend NCBP events may be asked to refund the scholarship. Scholarship applications are open to any of the following individuals:
- are officers of any of the following types of bar associations: lawyers of color; women attorneys; LGBT lawyers; attorneys with physical challenges, and smaller county associations not currently involved in the NCBP.
- have not attended an NCBP Annual or Midyear Meeting in the past five years.
- are financially unable to attend. This can occur from a number of factors including the size and type of bar association, the annual budget of the association and the capacity of the organization to provide professional development training on its own.
- represent an association of at least 100 members.
- by their participation, would improve the diversity (see number 1 above) of the NCBP.
- are likely to continue their participation in NCBP after the scholarship has been awarded.
An applicant need not satisfy all of the criteria specified above. The Diversity Committee, in making its recommendation, shall attempt to award assistance to individuals who can best demonstrate that success in the application process will further the goals of the NCBP. The Committee maintains the right to recruit applicants, without promise of reward, who may satisfy the criteria listed above.
For questions about the Diversity Scholarship process, please contact Teresa Peavy, ABA Division for Bar Services Committees Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.