Sandra Buchanan; Chair
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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 email@example.com, 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 Twelfth 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
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
Recent Programs & Events
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 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