April 9, 2018: Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to be Honored at New York State Bar Association Diversity Event

Eric Holder, a partner at Covington in Washington D.C., will be recognized with the 2018 Honorable George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award, given by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Holder, who served as attorney general for six years during the Obama Administration and was the first African American to hold that office, will receive the award Tuesday, April 10 at the section’s “Smooth Moves 2018: Career Strategies for Attorneys of Color” event at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan. The award is named for former Court of Appeals Associate Judge George Bundy Smith, who, in 2007, was the first recipient of the award.

A free continuing legal education event will also take place entitled “Strengthening the Rule of Law by Fighting Discrimination.” The program will focus on how diverse attorneys and their allies can partner to fight discrimination and improve our adherence to the Rule of Law and features the following panel: 

• Moderator: Hon. Cheryl Chambers, Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Second Department
• Prof. Angela J. Davis, American University, Washington College of Law 
• Hon. Fern Fisher (ret.), special assistant to the dean for social justice and public interest initiatives, Hofstra University, Maurice A. Deane School of Law
• Lillian Moy, Esq., executive director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York
• Dr. Alejandro Ponce, chief research officer, World Justice Project

The event, which will begin at 5 p.m., is free and open to the media but preregistration is required. 
Contact: Christian Nolan (cnolan@nysba.org, 518-487-5536). 

About the New York State Bar Association
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Contact: Christian Nolan
Senior Writer
cnolan@nysba.org
518-487-5536