State Bar of California

Director, Access and Inclusion

San Francisco, CA

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The State Bar of California’s mission is to protect the public and includes the primary functions of licensing, regulation, and discipline of attorneys; the advancement of the ethical and competent practice of law; and support of efforts for greater access to, and inclusion in, the legal system.  Its five goals include: successfully transitioning to the “new State Bar”—an agency focused on public protection, regulating the legal profession, and promoting access to justice; ensuring a timely, fair, and appropriately resourced admissions, discipline, and regulatory system for lawyers licensed in California; improving the fiscal and operational management of the State Bar, emphasizing integrity, transparency, accountability, and excellence; supporting access to justice for all California residents and improvements to the state’s justice system; and proactively informing and educating all stakeholders, but particularly the public, about the State Bar’s responsibilities, initiatives, and resources.

The Director of Access and Inclusion will be responsible for leading and implementing the State Bar’s initiatives on access to justice, diversity and inclusion, and support for legal services programs through grants including IOLTA funds, Equal Access funds, Partnership Grants, and bank grants. The Director is responsible for planning, directing, and managing those efforts to achieve the access to justice and diversity and inclusion missions of the State Bar, including the administration of upwards of $60 million in grants to nonprofit legal services organizations across the state.

The Access to Justice and Inclusion and Diversity programs at the Bar, under the leadership of the Director,  include developing and implementation initiatives to increase access to justice and to the legal system, analyzing the Justice Gap in California, and strategizing how to address it, developing approaches to serve modest means Californians, support of the Pro Bono Practice program and innovating ideas to expand the availability of pro bono legal services in California, exploring issues on the right to counsel, and improving the diversity and inclusion in the legal profession through a variety of initiatives.

The Director provides staff support to the California Commission on Access to Justice, the Council on Access and Fairness, and the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission, and is responsible for strategizing, spearheading, and managing various access to justice and diversity and inclusion initiatives. Finally, the Director serves as a liaison and spokesperson to the judicial branch, legal services organizations, law schools, and other local, state, and national entities regarding access to justice and diversity and inclusion related issues and activities.


This search is being supported by Tamar Datan and Chris Cannon of the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group. Nominations, inquiries, and/or applications, including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, and your resume should be submitted to:

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Tamar Datan

Tamar brings 30 years of nonprofit experience in the fields of conservation, education, economic development, social justice and philanthropy to our mission-driven clients.

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