your colleagues and make new friends at the 2019 Diversity Works program,
sponsored by the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Diversity and
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Constance Baker Motley Symposium, join us for this engaging and informative
panel discussion, where past Diversity Trailblazer Awardees and Diversity and
Inclusion leaders will discuss Diversity and leadership in today’s legal
Kim Wolf Price, Esq. (Program Chair)
Director of Externship Programs, Syracuse University College of Law
Roosevelt Jean, Esq. (Moderator)
Partner, McGivney, Kluger & Cook, P.C.
Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Workforce Diversity, Cornell
Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals
Executive Director, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
United States Magistrate Judge, Southern District of New York
Hon. Cheryl Chambers
Associate Justice, New York State Appellate Division, Second Judicial
– 6:30 p.m.
The 2019 Diversity Trailblazer Award ceremony honoring Honorable Sylvia Hinds-Radix, Associate Justice, New York State Appellate Division, Second Department.
– 8:00 p.m.
Annual Celebrating Diversity in the Bar Reception
required for this program.
2019 Diversity Trailblazer
Hinds-Radix was appointed as an Associate Justice of the NYS Appellate
Division, Second Department, by Governor Andrew Cuomo, in November of
2012. Prior to her appointment, Justice
Hinds-Radix served as Administrative Judge for Civil Matters in the Second Judicial
District for three and a half years. In her capacity as Administrative Judge,
she oversaw the New York State Supreme Court, Civil Term and the New York City
Civil Court, which also encompasses the Housing Court of the City of New York.
She supervised both the Judges in these courts and the non-judicial staff.
Justice Hinds-Radix was elected to the Supreme Court, Kings County in November
of 2004 and served as a New York City Civil Court Judge, from 2002 through
2004, spending her first year in the Criminal Court of Kings County.
addition to her professional responsibilities, Justice Hinds-Radix serves on
the Board of Directors of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the
New York State Bar Association and Vice President of the Supreme Court Justices
Association of the City of New York. She
is the President of the American Inns of Court, the Second Vice President of
The Judicial Friends, a Board Member of the Women in the Courts Committee and a
member of the Board of Directors for the St. Gabriel’s Senior Citizens Center
and the St. John’s Bread and Life Agency. Justice Hinds-Radix served as the President of
the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association and is also a member of several
organizations including the Brooklyn Bar Association, the New York State
Association of Supreme Court Justices, the New York State Bar Association,
Catholic Lawyers Guild, Columbian Lawyers of Brooklyn, the New York Criminal
Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association, the National
Association of Women Judges, JALBCA, Puerto Rican Bar Association, The Tribune
Society, the Association of Black Women Attorneys and the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce &
Industry, Inc., as well as being an active participant in several workshops
conducted at the Judicial Institute.
a member of the New York State Bar Association, one of her many accomplishments
has been providing opportunities for attorneys of color by co-chairing a yearly
CLE Program, “Smooth Moves: Career Strategies for Attorneys of Color” and
mentoring young attorneys to apply for positions in Corporate America.
Justice Hinds-Radix exceptional efforts to promote diversity
and inclusion on all levels of the legal profession have had a profound effect
on many who have had the good fortune to know her.
To name just a few of Justice Hinds-Radix’s trailblazing efforts
to promote diversity and inclusion, as the first Administrative Judge in Kings
County who is of Caribbean descent, she was instrumental in expanding the
Judicial Internship and the Summer Youth Employment Program in Kings County
Supreme Court. She created opportunities for students, many from diverse
backgrounds, with internship experiences in the Supreme Court and ensured that
they were exposed to different parts of the judicial system. She created
itineraries that included visits to Supreme Criminal and Civil Courts, the
Bankruptcy Court, the Appellate Terms. She has periodically met with
students to answer questions and provide guidance in their quest to pursue a
career in the legal profession.
Justice Hinds-Radix received her J.D. from Howard
University School of Law – Washington D.C. and her B.S. from the University of
Massachusetts, and M.S. from Long Island University.