Lawyers on Board

ACBA Lawyers on Board Program Prepares Young, Diverse Attorneys for Nonprofit Board Service

The new ACBA Lawyers on Board program is designed to prepare young, diverse attorneys for nonprofit board service, then help to place them onto nonprofit boards throughout the region. The program is presented by the ACBA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion; ACBA Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; the Homer S. Brown Division, the Non-profit Law Committee and the ACBA Young Lawyers Division Diversity Committee, in conjunction with the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University.

Program Goals

The goal of the Lawyers on Board program is to encourage young and diverse lawyers to increase their skills, visibility and gain leadership experience while serving the community through nonprofit board service. The program also aims to provide these lawyers with the skills and resources to excel in these roles, and then help to place them with nonprofits where their skills and passions will be most impactful and the non-profit has been vetted to ensure a welcoming environment.

Program Specifics

Workshop Series: Once a cohort of participating young, diverse lawyers is assembled will go through a special session of Robert Morris University’s BoardWorks! program. This four-session training program will prepare the cohort to excel at board service. Topics will include fiduciary responsibilities, board governance, bylaws, HR overview, DEI, non-profit financials, fundraising and more. Participants who complete the program will earn six CLE credits, a BoardWorks! certificate and will be eligible for placement on a non-profit board through the matching program.

Session dates:

  • To be determined

Graduation: Following the conclusion of the workshop series, there will be a graduation program for participants, followed by a reception where nonprofit leaders – potential matches for participants – and cohort members can network and begin having a positive impact on the community.

Price: $250

Scholarships: For more on scholarships, contact Kellie Ware, the ACBA’s Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, at

Information: For more information, contact Kellie Ware at

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