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April 4, 2011

STATE BAR HOSTS FORUM ON DIVERSITY BEST PRACTICES IN LEGAL PROFESSION

ALBANY-The New York State Bar Association Commercial and Federal Litigation Section will present, "Smooth Moves 2011: Career Strategies for Attorneys of Color," on Thursday, April 14th, at the Kaplan Penthouse in the Rose Building at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

The free event, which is co-sponsored by 10 other sections and major law firms, begins at 4:00 p.m.

The Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program, entitled, "Creating a Professional Home Where All Can Thrive: Diversity Best Practices in the Legal Profession," will explore early outreach, effective mentoring and retention techniques, and other diversity best practices. Panelists will identify techniques for diverse attorneys to maximize their potential within various legal practice environments. Attendees will receive 1.5 MCLE credits.

William Snipes (Sullivan & Cromwell) will moderate the panel of Taa Grays (assistant general counsel, MetLife); Bronx District Attorney Robert. T. Johnson; Parkin Lee (vice president, chief legal officer and secretary, Rockefeller Group International); and Natalia Martin (Simpson Thacher & Bartlett). Barry Cozier (Epstein Becker & Green), Tracee E.  Davis (Zeichner Ellman & Krause), and Carla M. Miller (Universal Music Group) are co-chairs of the program.

Following the CLE program at 5:30 p.m., the section will host a networking reception where Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, judge of the Court of Appeals, will receive the George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award. The section also will present its Minority Summer Student Fellowships.

Since its inception, the Smooth Moves program has served as the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section's premier event to attract attorneys of color to active membership in the Section; to serve professional development goals; to help create student awareness of commercial litigation; and foster greater diversity among commercial and federal litigators throughout New York. 

The New York State Bar Association with 77,000 members is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation.  It was founded in 1876.

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