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Monday, January 23, 2017 at NYSBA’s Annual Meeting

New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of The Americas, New York, Beekman Parlor, 2nd floor

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Constance Baker Motley Symposium,
where past Diversity Trailblazer Awardees
will discuss progress of achieving diversity
within the legal profession.
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
The 2017 Diversity Trailblazer Award ceremony
honoring Denny Chin, Federal Judge for the
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Committee on Diversity & Inclusion’s
Fourteenth Annual Celebrating Diversity
in the Bar Reception

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Diversity Trailblazer Award 

The 14th Annual Celebrating Diversity Reception & Trailblazer Award Ceremony
Honoring

The Honorable Denny Chin

Denny Chin is a United States Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Judge Chin graduated from Princeton University magna cum laude and received his law degree from Fordham Law School. After clerking for the Honorable Henry F. Werker, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, he was associated with the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell.  He served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, and thereafter he and two of his colleagues from the U.S. Attorney’s Office started a law firm, Campbell, Patrick & Chin. From September 13, 1994, through April 23, 2010, Judge Chin served as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of
New York.  He presided over both civil and criminal cases, including cases involving Megan’s Law, the Million Youth March, Al Franken’s use of the phrase “Fair and Balanced” in the title of a book, the Naked Cowboy the Google Books project, and the United Nations Oil for Food Program.  He presided over the trial of an Afghan warlord charged with conspiring to import heroin and the guilty plea and sentencing of financier Bernard L. Madoff.  Judge Chin was born in Hong Kong.  He was the first Asian American appointed a United States District Judge outside the Ninth Circuit.

COMMITTEE ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION - 2016 DIVERSITY PARTNERS


EVENTS

Disrupting Implicit Bias to Advance Diversity and Inclusion: Practical Steps to Counter the Effects of Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession

Thursday, January 26, 2017 2:30 PM
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Total MCLE Credits: 3.50 (Ethics 3.50)
#nysba17

3.5 CLE Credits: Ethics and Professionalism

COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Jeremy Benjamin, Esq. Committee on Civil Rights Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Sandra Buchanan, Esq. Committee on Diversity and Inclusion Office of Court Administration

PROGRAM CO-CHAIR
Jeremy Benjamin, Esq. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP 

PROGRAM CO-CHAIR AND MODERATOR
Paula Edgar, Esq. Principal, PGE LLC

2:00 – 2:10 Welcome and Introduction of Professor Williams 

2:10 –3:00 An Empirical Look at Implicit Bias and Bias Interrupters in the Legal Profession 
• Pervasiveness of implicit bias
• Patterns of implicit bias
• Strategies for combating bias
Prof. Joan C. Williams

3:00 – 3:15 Break 

3:15 – 3:20 Introduction of Panelists 

3:20– 5:00 Practical Strategies for Identifying and Interrupting Implicit Bias within the Legal Profession
• Criminal Justice
• The Courts / Civil Legal Services
• Private Practice 
• Law Schools 
Wayne McKenzie, Esq.; Hon. Karen Peters; Valerie E. Radwaner, Esq; Rosevelie Marquez Morales, Esq.

5:00 – 5:30 Recognizing Our Own Biases
• Discussion of scenarios and practical steps to disrupt implicit bias
• Overview of resources and best practices within the profession for attorneys to combat implicit bias 
Paula Edgar, Esq. 

Speakers/Panelists 
Wayne McKenzie, Esq. General Counsel, New York City Department of Probation, New York, NY 
Rosevelie Marquez Morales, Esq. East Coast Diversity Director, Sidley Austin LLP, New York, NY 
Hon. Karen Peters Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Third Department Albany, NY 
Valerie E. Radwaner, Esq. Deputy Chair and Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, New York, NY 
Prof. Joan C. Williams Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings Foundation Chair and Director of the Center for WorkLife Law, San Francisco, CA 

Please click here to register.
Materials for this program are now available, please click here to download

PREVIOUS PROGRAMS & EVENTS 

An Examination of Judicial Diversity in New York State

The 2016 Constance Baker Motley Symposium: The Impact of Implicit Bias on Lawyers and the Legal Profession

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


Press Releases

Press Release: New York State Bar Association Honors New York City Attorney for Diversity Efforts

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