WELCOME TO THE HOMEPAGE OF THE NEW YORK STATE BAR
COMMITTEE ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2012 TRAILBLAZER AWARD WINNERS
Williams, Executive Director, NYS Dormitory Authority, Albany,
Achievement—Professor Jenny Rivera, CUNY School of Law,
Watch—Joseph Hanna, Goldberg Segalla, Buffalo,
The New York State Bar Association is grateful to the
following law firms for their underwriting support of the 2012
Celebrating Diversity in the Bar Reception:
To see the video of the 2011 award presentation,
To view images from the 2011 Diversity Reception
and Awards Ceremony, click here.
2011 Diversity Report Card
Click on the cover image to view and download the
Click on the CD image to view the report's
To view information about the Steven C. Krane Special Committee on
Student Loan Assistance in the Public Interest, click here.
SCENES FROM THE 2011 MINORITY
LAW STUDENT CONFERENCE DAY
Fordham University, August 3, 2011
All Images created by Richard A. Smith, Photography.
Copyright 2011, all rights reserved.
January 211 Motley Symposium and CLE Program
"Do the Right Thing"
The June 2011 edition of the New York State Bar
Association Journal provides an in-depth look at the challenges
diverse attorneys face in today's market with respect to crucial skills of networking, mentoring and
business and leadership development
To read the article, click here.
The committee was originally created in 1985 and is
currently co-chaired by Betty Lugo and Ken Standard.
To view the history of the committee, click here.
The objectives of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion are to
promote and advance the full and equal participation of attorneys of
color and other diverse attorneys in the New York State Bar Association
and in all sectors and at every level of the legal profession through
research, education, fostering involvement and leadership development in
NYSBA and other professional activities, and to promote knowledge of and
respect for the profession in communities that historically have been
excluded from the practice of law.
The Committee shall also foster the, development of, monitor progress
of and report on diversity initiatives of the Association, as well as
partner with the Sections to continue to pursue enhanced diversity and
inclusion in the Association, including among the leadership of the
In conducting its work, the Committee shall consult with and engage
Association leaders, other entities and individuals, including Sections
of the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Conference of
Bar Leaders, the Committee on Leadership Development, the Committee on
Women in the Law, the Committee on Civil Rights, the Committee on Issues
Affecting People with Disabilities, the Committee on LGBT
People and the Law, The Law, Youth & Citizenship Program, minority
and women’s bar associations, and others with an interest in the
Committee’s mission and activities.
2011- 2012 Subcommittees
2012 Trailblazer Award
Rachel Ryan, Chair
2012 Diversity Reception Event
Annual Meeting CLE Program
Sandra Irby, Co-chair
I. Javette Hines, Co-chair
Diversity Report Card
To view the 2009 Report Card, click here.
Sharon Gerstman, Chair
Trailblazer Award Criteria
Asaad Siddiqi, Chair
Hon. Cheryl Chambers
Youth Law Day
Sam Abernethy, Chair
2007 Miles to Go in New York Report
Download the Report to the NYSBA House of
Miles To Go: Progress of Minorities in the Legal Profession
Elizabeth Chambliss, author of the American Bar Association's report,
Miles to Go: Progress of Minorities in the Legal Profession has
agreed to work with this committee to address the many issues that serve
as a deterrent to minorities in the legal profession in New York.
In this report the ABA's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in
the Legal Profession takes stock of the profession's progress as of
August 2004, to provide a current, comprehensive picture of the status
of minorities in the profession, and to use this information to help the
profession set an agenda for future action. Our committee will work with
Ms. Chambliss to mirror the work of the Commission in order to be able
to help minority law students and attorneys find an easier path into the
To purchase a copy (for $20) of the Miles to Go
Report, click here.
To view the ABA's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the
Legal Profession web page, click here.
To access the ABA's minority links/resources, click here.
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York has
released the First Annual Law Firm Diversity Benchmarking
Report to see their report, click here.