Diversity Statement

Our mission at AIPLA is to lead and serve a diverse IP community by enhancing knowledge and shaping the future of IP law.

AIPLA believes that diversity among its membership is essential to our ability to accomplish this mission. Diversity embodies all those differences that make us unique individuals and includes people of different race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender, religion, age, personal style, appearance, and physical ability, as well as people of diverse opinions, perspectives, lifestyles, ideas, and thinking. Because diversity and individual uniqueness brings creativity and vitality to an organization, we recognize the importance of diversity to AIPLA. We are, therefore, committed to providing an environment of fairness and equitable treatment of everyone, regardless of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.

Our goal is to effectively serve AIPLA members from all backgrounds, to encourage the professional growth of all members, and to embrace and celebrate the diversity of our membership. To that end, AIPLA will continue to identify, and look for ways to reduce or eliminate, barriers to under-represented groups and will continue to look for ways to expand access to leadership opportunities within the organization in an effort to further strengthen our diversity. AIPLA, by and through its Officers, Directors, and Committee leaders, will encourage participation by qualified members of under-represented groups at all levels of the Association