The Breaking Barriers Report

A Compilation of the “Commitment to Diversity” Federal Court Speaking Rules

Panelist Biographies for IPLAC 4/1/22 Program
Slide Deck Handout for IPLAC 4/1/22 Program
Video Recording of IPLAC 4/1/22 Program

This report was prepared for distribution at an April 2022 panel discussion hosted by the litigation committee of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago Illinois (IPLAC). The panel discussed how lawyers can promote equity and inclusion by increasing the representation in court time for attorneys of color, women attorneys, and LGBTQ attorneys.


To track and summarize the “Commitment to Diversity” speaking rules of various courts, students from Loyola University Chicago School of Law researched and compiled the information in this report in fall 2021. Trial attorneys from Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale. P.C. and Haynes and Boone, LLP reviewed the research.

We encourage readers to refer to this data to learn more about what steps courts are taking to highlight diverse attorneys and break barriers. Please refer to each court’s website for their latest rules, which may have changed since this report was compiled.


The spirit of this report matches the core values we hold at Greensfelder, where we appreciate the differences each person brings to the firm and value the diversity of ideas, perspectives and experiences. Promotion and leadership roles for women and minority attorneys are a priority, and we seek ways to further progress across the legal community in recruitment, retention and leadership opportunities. Learn more at

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