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Diversity Trailblazer Award 

THE DIVERSITY TRAILBLAZER AWARD 2017 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion seeks nominations for the 2017 Diversity Trailblazer Award, which recognizes exceptional efforts to promote the full and equal participation of diverse people at all levels of the legal profession.
Nominations will be accepted until Friday, September 16, 2016. Please e-mail a PDF of your completed nomination form and attachments to trailblazeraward@nysba.org, or fax your completed form and attachments to Bridget Donlon at 518.487.5531.
The Diversity Trailblazer Award will be presented prior to the Association’s Fourteenth Annual Celebrating Diversity in the Bar Reception, on Monday, January 23, 2017, during the NYSBA Annual Meeting in New York City.
The recipient will receive a recognition award and a complimentary one-year membership in the Association. 

The 13th Annual Celebrating Diversity Reception & Trailblazer Award Ceremony
Honoring
CHRISTOPHER S. AUGUSTE

The New York  State Bar Association honors Christopher  S. Auguste, Esq. as the 2016 Diversity Trailblazer.  A partner in the New York office of Kramer, Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, Mr. Auguste has devoted not only his time, but his heart, mind and soul to advancing diversity initiatives as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Youth Bridge-New York, a non-profit teen leadership in diversity organization. He is also the president of the Wadleigh Scholars Program, where he spends his Saturday mornings tutoring inner city students for prep school entrance exams and preparing them for prep school life, resulting in nearly 300 students being accepted to some of the country’s most elite boarding schools. Additionally, he serves on the board of the Goddard Riverside Community Center and works with first-generation youth from low-income and working-class back- grounds who face significant barriers to achieving a college degree.  

Press Release: New York State Bar Association Honors New York City Attorney for Diversity Efforts


COMMITTEE ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION - 2016 DIVERSITY PARTNERS


Programs & Events

Voting Rights Legislation: Restrictions, Expansion and The Impact on the 2016 Elections
Sponsored by NYCLA’s Federal Courts Committee and New York State Bar Association Committees on Civil Rights and Diversity and Inclusion and General Practice Section

Thursday, October 20, 2016; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
NYCLA
14 Vesey Street
2nd Floor Auditorium
New York, NY 

2 NY Credits: 2 PP; 2 NJ Credits: 2 General

Program Chairs: Vince Chang, Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP and Jeremy Benjamin, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison

Moderator: Wendy Weiser, Brennan Center for Justice

Faculty: Juan Cartagena, Latino Justice PRLDEF; Frank Deale, CUNY School of Law; Randy McLaughlin, Pace Law School; Victorien Wu, NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Join our panel of experts as they discuss The Voting Rights Act of 1965, amendments to the law, key decisions interpreting the law and the impact on the disenfranchised.

Special attention will be paid to the recent state actions imposing limits or restrictions on voting rights, as well as some state actions that have actually made it easier for people to register to vote. Finally, our panelists will discuss the how the voting rights laws are likely to affect the outcome of the presidential and other key elections occurring this November.

Please click here to register.
For additional information on this event, please email, bdonlon@nysba.org

PRevious Programs & Events 

An Examination of Judicial Diversity in New York State

In April the committee on Diversity & inclusion held a program that examined the benefits of a diverse judiciary and provided practical tools when seeking a judgeship at all levels of our court system.

The 2016 Constance Baker Motley Symposium: The Impact of Implicit Bias on Lawyers and the Legal Profession

The Committees on Civil Rights and Diversity & Inclusion sponsored this program during The New York State Bar Association's 139th Annual Meeting.  Whether you are a criminal defense attorney, judge, law school clinician, legal services attorney or the managing partner of a major law firm, implicit bias affects you every day. This program demonstrated implicit or unconscious bias so all lawyers understand how it impacts our work. A few specific views of bias in our profession were explored: Are law schools preparing lawyers who have awareness of the impact of bias? How can implicit bias affect setting bail or jury deliberations? When do we see implicit bias in the courtroom? How can we overcome the impact of bias in law firm employment determinations including promotion and partnership? 

YOUTH LAW DAY

AN EXAMINATION OF JUDICIAL DIVERSITY IN NEW YORK STATE

JUSTICE, RACE AND POLICE FORCE – GOING BEYOND FERGUSON AND GARNER


Committee on Diversity & Inclusion Hyperlinks 

Mission statement
Committee history 
Committee Roster
2015 Diversity Report Card
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