Contact: Andrew Rush
April 2, 2008
STATE BAR ASSOCIATION HOSTS FORUM TO ADVANCE CAREERS OF ATTORNEYS OF COLOR
Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Honors Pioneer Cesar A. Perales at Annual Reception
On Monday, April 7, 2008 at the Kaplan Penthouse in the Rose Building at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts from 4-8 p.m., the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section is sponsoring “Smooth Moves II: For Attorneys of Color.” The event, sponsored for the second year by the Section with complimentary attendance, features a CLE program, awards ceremony and networking reception. The program is co-chaired by the Honorable Barry A. Cozier, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., former Justice of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, and Carla M. Miller, Esq., Universal Music Group.
The CLE program, entitled, “Pathways to the
Bench,” will feature as panelists the Honorable George Daniels,
United States District Judge, Southern District of New York, the
Honorable Marilyn Doran Go, (S.D.N.Y.), United States Magistrate Judge,
Eastern District of New York, the Honorable Marguerite A.
Following the panel discussion beginning at 5:30 p.m., the Section will present its second annual Honorable George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award to Cesar A. Perales (biographical information below), President and General Counsel, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. The Honorable George Bundy Smith (Chadbourne and Parke LLP), former Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals,will present the award. New York State Bar Association President Kathryn Grant Madigan also will be in attendance.
Carrie H. Cohen of New York City (Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of New York), chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section said, “The Section’s Award honors a New York attorney whose career accomplishments exemplify the high standards set by the Honorable George Bundy Smith, retired judge of the New York Court of Appeals, and we are thrilled to bestow this award on Cesar A. Perales in recognition of his lifelong commitment to the public interest and the legal profession.”
In addition to the Honorable George Bundy Smith
Section Chair Carrie H.
Cohen said, “The Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
established this Fellowship with The New York Bar Foundation to help
create a network and forge relationships that will foster greater
diversity among commercial and federal litigators throughout the State
The awards ceremony will be followed by a cocktail and networking reception at which musical entertainment will be provided by the Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies. There is no charge to attend either the CLE program or the reception, but reservations are recommended by emailing email@example.com.
Founded in 1988, the more than 2,600 member Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of NYSBA strives to improve the quality of representation of commercial clients in litigation matters, provides a forum for the improvement of law and procedure in the areas of commercial and federal litigation, and enhances the administration of justice. The Section is committed to serving the professional development goals of attorneys of color and to fostering diversity in the profession. For more information about the Section, contact Sue Fitzpatrick, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.nysba.org/comfed
The 74,000 member New York State Bar Association is
the official statewide organization of lawyers in
About Cesar A. Perales
Mr. Perales went on to government service but in 1981 responded to the Board’s request that he return for a period to PRLDEF. Within six months, PRLDEF was at the forefront of litigation to block the election of the New York City Council until district lines were redrawn in a nondiscriminatory manner. The Supreme Court refused to overturn the a lower court order and the New York elections were halted the day before they were to be held—perhaps the most dramatic application of the Voting Rights Act in the North.
Mr. Perales’ record of
government and private-sector service has also been
extraordinary. He was nominated by
President Jimmy Carter and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as
Assistant Secretary in the Department of Health and Human
Services. As Commissioner of the
Department of Social Services under Governor Mario M. Cuomo, he
Mr. Perales returned to lead PRLDEF once again in 2003. Since then, in addition to achieving renewed fiscal and infrastructural stability, PRLDEF has become a national leader in the fight to protect the rights of immigrants. These lawsuits, protecting the constitutional rights of day laborers and other immigrants, have had an extraordinary impact and focused attention on this new civil rights struggle.
Related FilesMinority Forum (Microsoft Word Document)