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Welcome to the Homepage of the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Committee co-chairs:

Kenneth G. Standard, Co-chair, Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Kenneth G. Standard

Rosevlie Morales, Co-chair, Committee on Diversity and Inclusion  
Rosevelie Marquez Morales

Annual Meeting 2015 Events

2015 Trailblazer Award Winner

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Tracy Richelle High

The 2015 Trailblazer Awardee is Tracy Richelle High, a partner at the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell (S&C) in New York. Tracy is the first black woman to become a partner of S&C and the first woman to co-chair its Diversity Committee. A leader and mentor to young people, including students, young associates, and lawyers within and beyond the firm, Tracy helped conceive and launch The Pipeline Crisis/Winning Strategies Initiative for young black men.  

The Trailblazer Awards ceremony will take place at The 12th Annual Celebrating Diversity in the Bar Reception that is being held during NYSBA's Annual Meeting 


Monday, January 26th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019

Registration desk opens at 5:30 p.m Award ceremony starts promptly at 6:00 p.m. 

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“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”

Committees on Civil Rights and Diversity and Inclusion

Thursday, January 29 Meeting from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Recent tragic deaths involving Eric Garner and Michael Brown haunt us. The intersection of race and excessive police force is critical to our society. Lawyers have a role in governing use of force by law enforcement, especially with respect to racial minorities. Lawyers help define and train on policies for use of force and on the impact of implicit bias on law enforcement. We prosecute and defend criminal charges with respect to use of force by police. We seek retribution from or defend law enforcement agencies for civil rights violations with respect to excessive police force. This panel will examine the critical role lawyers and racial justice activists play in ensuring that use of force by police is evenhanded and free from racial bias. 

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Mission statement 

Committee history

2013 Diversity Report Card

Corporate Strategies:  Sustainability as a Strategic Business Imperative
By I. Javette Hines

Committee Roster

June 2014 Issue of Stride - A Periodic Communication from the Committee