Vision Statement

The Grand Rapids Bar Association, its members and their leadership and employees shall value and reflect the diversity of the Grand Rapids community. View the GRBA brochure encouraging diversity.

  For more information on participating in Diversity Initiatives, contact Kenneth Williams-Buck at the Grand Rapids Bar Association Office, 616-454-5550.It is the policy of the Grand Rapids Bar Association to champion equal justice for all by:
  • Advocating fairness, equity and equality;
  • Promoting diversity and opposing discrimination; and
  • Fostering respect and civility within the Association, in the administration of justice, and throughout the community.

3Rs Program

Modeled after the Cleveland Bar Association, the Grand Rapids Bar Association is partnering with the Grand Rapids Public Schools to present an innovative Civics Education Program to all Freshmen Social Studies Students at University Preparatory Academy. The 3Rs Program provides education regarding Rights, Responsibilities, and Realities and is designed to address fundamental issues facing the students and, ultimately, our city and region. Learn more

Managing Partners' Diversity Collaborative

The Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative is a group of 12 major Grand Rapids law firms, in association with the GRBA, working together to promote and achieve greater diversity and inclusion in the West Michigan legal community through education, hiring, retention and promotion.  Learn more

Minority Clerkship Program

Each year, the Grand Rapids Bar Association partners with the Floyd Skinner Bar Association to place minority first-year law students in summer clerkships with firms and corporations in the Grand Rapids Area. Learn more



grabLAW, Grand Rapids Achieve Balance - Life and Work, Life After Work,  is an initiative to help match minority and female attorneys with law career opportunities in West Michigan. Visit grablaw.org for more information or visit grabLAW in the News.