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Welcome from the Co-Chairs
Martin Luther King notably said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” We, as Co-Chairs of the Minority Bar Committee will not remain silent and neither will our committee. The mission of the Minority Bar Committee is to “assure full and equal participation of minorities in the PBA, the legal profession, and the justice system in general.”
We uphold the core values and beliefs of our mission as seen in our programming and initiatives. We remain committed to promoting diversity, equity, equality, and justice in the legal profession and world as a whole.
The Minority Bar Committee proactively stands at the forefront of issues that impact people of color and minorities. This stand includes our Houston’s Legacy Newsletter, which highlights current events that directly impact communities of color. Further, this stand includes Minority Law Day, which is geared towards exposing inner-city youth to the legal profession. This stand also includes Minority Law Day and the Diversity Summit, which are aimed at tackling a plethora of systemic issues that impact communities of color and the minority population.
We want to take this moment to remind all members of the Minority Bar Committee that we stand in solidarity with you. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss these issues, your feelings, develop a potential program or event, or anything else that may be of concern.
Further, we invite all members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association to join with us.
Finally, we ask that all members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association commit to the mission of the Minority Bar Committee by adding your voice, mind, and hands to “assure full and equal participation of people of color and minorities in the PBA, the legal profession, and the justice system in general.”
Anthony Cox, Co- Chair
Su Ming Yeh, Co- Chair
PBA Minority Bar Committee 2021-2022
Featured Member: Philip Yoon
Philip Yoon, known as Phil to most, is an avid supporter and admiring member of the Minority Bar Committee. He recently completed a three-year term as Minority At-Large Governor on the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Board of Governors and as chair of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Team. In those positions, Phil communicated and constantly worked with the MBC on the myriad issues that directly and indirectly impact the minority community.
Phil is the chief staff attorney of Legal Matters in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. He has worked for the Pennsylvania appellate courts since his graduation from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2004. He has been involved in diversity and minority issues since the beginning of his foray into the law, having been a member of the Black Law Students Association during all three of his years in law school and serving a term as its vice president. After working as a judicial clerk at both the Superior and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania for a few years, Phil was selected for the PBA’s Bar Leadership Institute Class of 2010-11, which opened his eyes to the PBA’s work, and need for more work, in advancing the cause of minorities in the legal communities. A staunch advocate for educating the youth of America properly, Phil has utilized the resources available to him from PBA entities such as the MBC, Young Lawyers Division, Law-Related Education Committee and DEI Team to excite elementary, middle-school, high-school, college and law students about civics education, especially in an effort to encourage minorities to pursue a career in law. He serves as a panelist on numerous Continuing Legal Education courses, with a particular focus recently on advancing diversity initiatives.
Phil was born in Albany, New York, and moved to Hazleton, Pennsylvania, while in elementary school. His parents, the retired Dr. Myung and Jennifer, who moved to the United States from South Korea, continue to live in Hazleton. After obtaining his degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Washington and Lee School of Law, Phil moved permanently to Philadelphia, where he resides now with his beloved dog, Monte. Phil loves sports and live performances and can often be found either watching a sporting event or concert or playing sports (especially softball) with friends.
Past Featured Members
Gina M. Thomas
Judge Stephanie Domitrovich
Ana Paulina Gomez
Nicola Henry Taylor
The mission of the Minority Bar Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (hereinafter PBA) is to assure full and equal participation of minorities in the PBA, the legal profession, and the justice system in general. In order to achieve this mission, the Minority Bar Committee will:
- Identify and promote opportunities that allow minorities within the legal profession to participate fully in the work, responsibilities, and rewards of the PBA and the legal profession in general. Included in this objective are matters relating to the advancement of minorities within law firms and other professional and business entities, job opportunities for minorities, elimination of racial discrimination in the legal profession and within the broader community, and effective avenues for minority lawyers and judges to avail themselves of opportunities within the PBA to address issues of special interest to minority lawyers.
- Monitor the current status of minorities in the legal profession and the justice system in general, identify their career paths and goals, and actively promote their advancement and achievement.
- Develop educational programs in the way of seminars and surveys, among other measures, to address discrimination against minorities within the legal profession, and the justice system in general.
- Make recommendations to the PBA Board of Governors and House of Delegates for action on issues affecting minorities within the legal profession and the justice system in general.
- Make recommendations to the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of government, and other groups within the justice system on issues affecting racial minorities and their communities in accordance with the PBA Bylaws.