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August 17, 2012
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES STATE BAR
ASSOCIATION FOR EFFORTS TO IMPROVE DIVERSITY
A State Bar Association initiative to improve diversity within the
organization and the legal profession was recognized by the American Bar
Association during its recent annual meeting in Chicago.
The ABA awarded its prestigious ABA Partnership Award to the State
Bar's President's Diversity Challenge. In 2011, then-President Vincent
E. Doyle III of Buffalo (Connors & Vilardo) challenged the
organization's 25 sections to find innovative ways to increase diversity
in their membership, leadership and programs. Sections are comprised of
attorneys who practice in specialized areas of law, such as business,
criminal, environmental or health.
"This is a great example of the difference a bar association can make
within its own membership and leadership development," said Roseanne T.
Lucianek, the ABA's director of the Division for Bar Services.
"This is a great honor for the State Bar Association and for the
individual sections whose enthusiastic support of the program
contributed greatly to its success," said State Bar President Seymour W.
James, Jr. of New York City (The Legal Aid Society). "It's important
that the Bar Association and the legal profession reflect the diversity
of society with regard to race, gender, age, sexual preference and
disability,” James said. "The strength of our organization depends
upon ensuring that our membership and leadership are inclusive and that
we fully represent the population we serve."
James credited his predecessor, Doyle, with initiating the challenge.
He vowed to expand the program under his administration.
Doyle accepted the award on behalf of the State Bar during the ABA
meeting in Chicago.
Among the initiatives undertaken through the President's Diversity
Challenge were increasing the number of committee chairs from diverse
backgrounds, reaching out to minority bar associations, offering
scholarships and fellowships, expanding diverse speakers lists and
hosting continuing legal education programs that focused on
The New York State Bar Association, with 77,000 members, is the largest
voluntary state bar association in the country. It was founded in
Click on link below to view photo of former NYSBA President
Vincent Doyle accepting the ABA Partnership Award at the ABA's Annual
Meeting in Chicago.