Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Fostering diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the ILTA community.

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Celebrating our differences to improve our community.

ILTA has defined diversity as celebrating the differences that exist among people and the unique combination of differences that makes us who we are and affects how we experience life. In adopting this definition, ILTA understands that myriad opportunities to improve and enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion exist throughout the ILTA community; trying to address all at once would be impossible.

Climate Survey

For over 40 years, ILTA has been working to foster a community and learning how to best continue the advancement of human-powered legal learning. In 2020, ILTA added a Core Value: “Foster diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the ILTA community.” Furthering this Core Value, ILTA established a DEI Task Force with staff support and participation, and from the Task Force, came the Climate Survey.

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DEI Priorities

Differently Abled

LGBTQ+ Status (including gender identity)





In setting these initial priorities, the DEI Committee seeks to make the broadest impact given its limited resources and makes no statement about the needs of one group as compared with others. The DEIC will re-evaluate priorities at a minimum annually and adjust areas of focus as ILTA changes and learns more from our efforts. ILTA needs to be flexible and respond to external and internal events that may warrant shifting priorities rapidly. ILTA will also engage in activities to gain a deeper understanding of the ILTA community’s feelings of inclusiveness and equitable treatment.

Check out this series of articles from the DE+I Task Force

DEITF Article Series
Part 1

DEITF Article Series
Part 2

DEITF Article Series
Part 3

Be part of the conversation.

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion community provides an open and welcoming place for sharing ideas, resources, and dialogue on topics of diversity and inclusion. The community is here to support the ILTA core value to "foster diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the ILTA community."

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Equitable Conversations Podcast

We hope that you will take the time to learn, grow, and continue the forward-march of Progress! For now, please join us for our first-ever DEI podcast, Equitable Conversations.

This all-new podcast is hosted by Karina Willes, PhD, MBA, PMP, Senior Project Manager at Foley & Lardner LLP and ILTA’s own Beth Anne Stuebe, Director of Publications and Press.

They sit down with a rotating series of ILTAns, industry-leaders, and SMEs in legal and technology to talk about how diversity, equity, and inclusion are not just buzz words, but practical business choices that move the needle of progress ever-forward.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The purpose of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEIC) is to advance ILTA’s core value to "foster diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the ILTA community".


Candi Smith

Sr. Legal Technology & eDiscovery Specialist

Jabil Corporation

Debbie Ting

Practice Innovation Manager

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Committee Members

Staff Liaison

Erika Emrick

Manager of IT Operations


Canaan Himmelbaum

Global Director


Kathleen Hogan

Senior Director, Knowledge and Data Insights

McCarthy Tetrault LLP

Staff Liaison

Joanne Joseph

Finance & Operations Coordinator


Robin Price

Associate Participant

Joy Heath Rush



Board Liaison

Ginevra Saylor

National Director, Innovation Programs

Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Karina Willes

Senior Project Manager

Foley & Lardner LLP

Save the dates for these upcoming events.

LegalSEC Summit
3-5 May 2023
Baltimore, MD

20-24 August 2023
Orlando, FL

15-16 November 2023