Celebrate Diversity in the Bar

Monday, January 14, 2019
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Regent Parlor, Sutton Parlor South & Center- 2nd Floor


Join 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 Inclusion:

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The 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 profession.


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.

Angela Winfield, J.D.
Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Workforce Diversity, Cornell University

Hon. Jenny Rivera
Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals

Barbara Finkelstein, Esq.
Executive Director, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

Hon. Ona T. Wang
United States Magistrate Judge, Southern District of New York

Hon. Cheryl Chambers
Associate Justice, New York State Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
The 2019 Diversity Trailblazer Award ceremony honoring Honorable Sylvia Hinds-Radix, Associate Justice, New York State Appellate Division, Second Department.

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Annual Celebrating Diversity in the Bar Reception

Pre-registration is required for this program.

2019 Diversity Trailblazer Award Honoree:

Honorable Sylvia Hinds-Radix

Sylvia 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.

In 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.

As 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.