By George T. Nicola, GLAPN
The Oregon State Bar (OSB) unveiled the new Diversity & Inclusion Story Wall at its Tigard
headquarters November 7. The Story Wall is a large collage that chronicles the legal system and
profession’s gradual progress toward better reflecting the communities it must serve. The Wall’s web
site states “Our goal is to build on the history featured in this exhibit and add new milestones over
OSB’s Legal Heritage Interest Group had been talking about a similar project for about ten years.
Mariann Hyland, OSB Director of Diversity & Inclusion, helped move the project forward and managed
it. She had created a similar display in her previous position at Oregon Health & Science University.
Through the resources of veteran Oregon historian Chet Orloff, the Diversity & Inclusion Story Wall
enlisted a genuinely diverse group of people to suggest content.
The Wall has a considerable amount of LGBT legal history. Much of it was provided by GLAPN
(Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest). Also participating and providing content was OGALLA:
The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon; Oregon Hispanic Bar Association; Oregon Minority Lawyers
Association; and Oregon Women Lawyers.
LGBT community members at the unveiling event included Oregon Supreme Court Justice
Virginia Linder; PQ Monthly owner Melanie Davis; attorneys Lake James Perriguey and Paul Justin Carlos
Southwick; Know Your City Board President Cameron Whitten; former OSB President Mark Johnson; and
myself as a representative of GLAPN.
OSB states that: “Diversity and inclusion mean acknowledging, embracing and valuing the
unique contributions our individual backgrounds make to strengthen our legal community, increase
access to justice, and promote laws and creative solutions that better serve clients and communities.
Diversity includes, but is not limited to: age; culture; disability; ethnicity; gender, gender identity or
expression; geographic location; national origin; race; religion; sexual orientation; and socio-economic
“Our business case statement: A diverse and inclusive bar is necessary to attract and retain
talented employees and leaders; effectively serve diverse clients with diverse needs; understand and
adapt to increasingly diverse local and global markets; devise creative solutions to complex problems;
and improve access to justice, respect for the rule of law, and credibility of the legal profession.”
For more information on the Story Wall, please see https://www.osbar.org/storywall.