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Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
Betty LugoKenneth G.
2013 Trailblazer Award Winner
Congratulations to Lillian M. Moy, Executive Director of the Legal
Aid Society of Northeastern New York (Albany, NY), who received the
2013 Trailblazer Award on January 21, 2013 at the New York Hilton
Lillian has been the Executive Director
of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York since 1995. She
is a 1974 graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York
and a 1981 graduate of Boston University School of Law. She is a
member of the Board of Directors of the Albany Medical Center and a past
Board member of CARES and the Homeless and Travelers Aid
Ms. Moy is a nationally recognized
leader, writer and trainer in the civil legal aid community. Her
particular areas of expertise are leadership development and
diversity. She is past Chair of the Civil Policy Group and the
Board of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. Ms. Moy
serves as the Vice President for the Third Judicial District of the New
York State Bar Association. She is a member of the New York State
Bar Association’s President’s Committee on Access to Justice
and the Committee on Membership. Ms. Moy is also co-convenor of the New
York Diversity Coalition, a group of legal services staff and managers
dedicated to raising and resolving diversity issues in the legal aid
community. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Albany Law
She has been honored by the National Organization of Legal Services
Workers, the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Asian
American Bar Association of New York, the Schenctady County Bar
Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Catholic
Charities Housing Office. Lillian Moy lives in Albany, New York
with her daughters, Katie and Maria Moy-Santos.
To view the State Bar News announcement click here
Click Here to view the 2013 Trailblazer Awards
To view information about the Steven C. Krane Special Committee on
Student Loan Assistance in the Public Interest, click here.
The committee was originally
created in 1985 and is currently co-chaired by Betty Lugo and Ken
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 Special 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.
2012- 2013 Subcommittees
Diversity Reception Event Planning Joyce Hartsfield
John Owens, Jr.
Diversity Reception Program Asaad
Miles To Go: Progress of Minorities in the Legal
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.
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