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Paying the ‘diversity tax’ to practice law

By ABA Journal, | October 19, 2022

Former Emerging Leader Fellow Kee Tobar explains how the diversity tax influenced her decision to take on the role of diversity and equity inclusion officer at Community Legal Services.

Two years ago, to preserve my mental health, I walked away from my dream of working as a legal aid attorney. I’m no longer practicing law but now work as a diversity and equity inclusion officer at the same organization at which I practiced, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.

I grew up in a small cotton town in Arkansas. Every day, I was exposed to resilient hardworking people struggling to survive. I saw firsthand the role mass incarceration played in a family’s ability to sustain itself.

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