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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

The 2016 Diversity Trailblazer Award Call for Nominations

The New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion seeks nominations for the 2016 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 18, 2015. 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 Twelfth Annual Celebrating Diversity in the Bar Reception, on Monday, January 25, 2016, 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.

Please click here for the 2016 Trailblazer Award call for nominations

2015 Diversity 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.  

Tracy Richelle High was honored at the 12th Annual Celebrating Diversity in the Bar Reception that was held during NYSBA's Annual Meeting.

Please click here to access a video of the Trailblazer Award presentation.


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On April 15th the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion held the first in a series of panel discussions that will address the need for diversity within the New York State judiciary statewide at all levels of the court system.

The next panel discussion will be held at the New York State Bar Center in Albany later this year.

Please click here to view photos from the program.   

“Justice, Race and Police Force – Going Beyond Ferguson and Garner”

Committees on Civil Rights and Diversity and Inclusion

The recent tragic deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown have riveted the nation. The relationship between race and the use of force by the police is a topic that cries out for the attention of all members of the legal community. Lawyers should be aware of the issues and take a leading role in improving the relationship between the police and the communities they protect. Lawyers can help to define the legal limits on the use of force and to train others on appropriate policies for the use of force. Lawyers can also help the police to develop an awareness of the consequences of implicit racial bias. Many of us prosecute or defend criminal cases that involve the use of force by police. Many of us seek compensation from or defend law enforcement agencies for civil rights violations with respect to excessive police force. This panel will examine the role lawyers and the judiciary play in ensuring that use of force by the police is evenhanded and free from racial bias. 

Please click here to access video of the "Justice, Race and Police Force - Going Beyond Ferguson and Garner" program that was held during the NYSBA's Annual Meeting.   

Mission statement 

Committee history

2013 Diversity Report Card
Committee Roster

June 2015 Issue of Stride - A Periodic Communication from the Committee