By Amaris Elliott-Engel
Of the Legal Staff
Today is the first day of work for the Pennsylvania Bar Association's first diversity officer, the PBA announced today.
Janis M. Leftridge was hired to work with the statewide legal group's Board of Governors, diversity team and senior staff to facilitate efforts to improve diversity within the bar association as well as the overallbar in Pennsylvania, according to a news release issued today.
Leftridge's professional experience includes working as the senior director for business diversity for the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and Capital Region Economic Development Corporation, as a human relations consultant for Bayer Corp. in Pittsburgh, as a human relations manager for McCormick & Co. in Sparks, Md., and as the assistant director of law admissions for the University of Baltimore School of Law, the release said.
"Janis Leftridge's experience, professionalism and leadership will be critical to the PBA's efforts to ensure that we are a bar association and a legal profession for everyone," said PBA President Matthew J. Creme Jr. in the release. "We are fortunate to have someone with her depth of experience and knowledge to develop and grow our diversity effort."
Look for a profile of Leftridge in an upcoming edition of The Legal.