NYSBA Labor and Employment Law Section: Diversity Fellowship

Diversity Fellowship

Purpose: The Labor and Employment Section’s (Section) Diversity Fellowship seeks to attract emerging leaders and increase the diversity--including, but not limited to, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, cultural and practice area--of its membership. The Fellowship’s financial support is intended to encourage the Fellow’s attendance at meetings and further participation in the Section. "A Fellowship grant may include payment of NYSBA and Labor and Employment Law Section dues for one year, Labor and Employment Law Section Fall CLE Meeting and Annual CLE Meeting registration fees, lodging and travel expenses for attendance at Section Meetings.

Qualification criteria: Attorney who practices Labor and/or Employment law who has demonstrated a commitment to leadership within the bar.

Recommendations: To ensure that the Fellows are interested in making a meaningful contribution to the Section, each candidate must submit one (1) recommendation from an employer, professor, or any other professional reference.

Essay: An application for a Fellowship must include an essay up to 500 words describing the applicant's interest in the Labor and Employment Law Section and how the Section may benefit from the applicant's participation in the Section.

Memberships: Please tell us about your involvement with bar associations, professional organizations, and whether you have received any recognitions or awards.

Mentoring: Each fellow will be paired with a member of the Executive Committee (EC) who will be in attendance at the Fall and Winter meetings. The EC member will contact the fellow, at a minimum, once per quarter to discuss leadership opportunities within the Section (e.g., speaking opportunities at meetings; writing for the Journal; participating on the EC committee, etc.), the leadership structure of the Section and NYSBA, and any other issues that are important for encouraging the fellow's future (and increased) participation in the Section.

The 2013-2014 Diversity Fellows are:

Elizabeth (Ez) Cukor
Nadine Etienne
Fabian McNally
William H. Ng

The deadline for the 2014-2015 Fellowship will be June 30th 2014.  

Lawyers interested in learning more about the Fellowship should contact Wendi Lazar (wsl@outtengolden.com) or Jill Rosenberg (jrose@orrick.com), Diversity Committee Co-Chairs or Danitra Spencer (spencerd@coned.com), Diversity Fellowship Subcommittee Chair.