August 19, 2010


Award Recognizes Efforts by a New York Lawyer to Promote Equal Participation of Minorities in the Legal Profession

ALBANY-The New York State Bar Association is seeking nominees for its 2011 Diversity Trailblazer Award, which is sponsored by the State Bar's Committee on Diversity. The award is given annually to a New York attorney whose exceptional efforts have advanced the full and equal participation of minorities at all levels of the legal profession. 

"The legal profession in New York interacts daily with a diverse cross section of clients. It is essential that the profession fully reflects all the people it serves. We have made many advances in our efforts to promote diversity within the profession, but more must be done to obtain full and equal participation," said Kenneth G. Standard of New York (Epstein Becker and Green, P.C.), co-chair of the Committee on Diversity and a past president of the State Bar. "To that end, we want to recognize attorneys who have worked towards achieving a more diverse profession."

Betty Lugo of Brooklyn (Pacheco & Lugo, PLLC), co-chair of the committee, added, "It is important not only to recognize diversity within the legal profession, but to promote opportunities for advancement and professional growth through networking and collaboration. This award salutes the accomplishments of attorneys who are helping to achieve the diversity within the profession that we all desire."

The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 24, 2010. Nomination forms are available online at The completed nomination form and attachment(s) must be submitted to Betty Brewer, Bar Services Department, New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207 or The award will be presented on Monday, January 24, 2011 at the Eighth Annual Celebrating Diversity Reception held during the State Bar's Annual Meeting in New York City.

Previous award winners include: Professor Leonard M. Baynes (St. John's University School of Law); Laurie Robinson (founder and CEO of Corporate Counsel Women of Color); Taa Grays (assistant general counsel and chief of staff to the general counsel, MetLife); and Carol A. Robles-Roman (deputy mayor and counsel to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg).

The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, State Bar programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.