Photo Credit: Corky Lee, J. McClinton
April 2016

Welcome to the Office for Diversity and Inclusion e-newsletter. Below you will find information on programs, events and other diversity related opportunities at the City Bar and in the legal community.

2015 Diversity Benchmarking Survey

Happy Spring!

This month we will release our 2015 Diversity Benchmarking Survey. Last year, we established a Task Force under our Committee to Enhance Diversity in the Profession to review and update the survey, and we look forward to working with all of our signatory firms to collect meaningful data to advance your important diversity and inclusion initiatives. A huge thanks to our Task Force members, and Chair Joseph Drayton who led the effort!

Thanks to the generous support of our Office Sponsors, our June Diversity and Inclusion Celebration Dinner sold out in record time! Our work throughout the year would not be possible without your vital support. If your firm does not currently support the Office, please consider becoming a Sponsor to the Office for Diversity today to support our benchmarking work and other events. In addition to firm/corporate sponsorships, individual contributions have a lasting impact on all our initiatives. For more information, please reach out to me directly at or Lauren Sampson, Vice President of Development & External Relations at

We are seeking recommendations for speakers and faculty members for our annual programming (e.g. Committee programs, CLE, etc.) Please share the  form ( with your networks and encourage individuals who may be interested in speaking at future events to complete. Questions can be directed to Monica Parks at

And a warm welcome to a new law firm signatory to the Statement of Diversity and Inclusion Principles, Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP. We look forward to working with you!

I hope to see many of you at these upcoming events,



Employers/Volunteer Attorneys Needed for Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program will be back again this year. As you may know, The program is an intensive opportunity, placing high-achieving inner-city high school students with legal employers during the summer. The program also provides students with supplemental professional development opportunities before, during, and after the their internships, all designed to help them prepare for a legal career. We are seeking employers and volunteer attorneys for the 2016 Program. More information and registration links are below, but please feel free to contact me directly at or (212) 382-6772.



To host an intern at your office:

Please fill out the Employer Registration Form.

(Employer FAQs may be accessed here:


To volunteer at a weekly development program:

Speed Networking Event (July, Date TBD)

The students meet in speed-sessions with volunteer attorneys, followed by a networking reception.


Diverse Career Opportunities Panel (July 25)

The students meet in small group sessions with attorneys who speak about their career paths, and the students report back to the group, followed by an open networking session.  

The volunteer attorney registration form is available here:

Office for Diversity and Inclusion Contact and LinkedIn Group

Any questions about these events or the Office for Diversity and Inclusion can be directed to:

Gabrielle Lyse Brown, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, at (212) 382-6713 or

Monica Parks, Assistant to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, at (212) 382-6772 or

We encourage you to join our LinkedIn group, where we will be posting upcoming events and discussions related to our Diversity efforts. You can join at the following link:


The Muslim-American Community: An Introduction to the Basics of Islamic Practices and Relevant Emerging Legal Trends
Tuesday, April 5; 6:00-9:00pm
Program Fee: $5 Student Member | $10 Member | $25 Non Member

The program is targeted at assisting attorneys representing clients in any cases involving Muslims or in any cases dealing with Islam generally, but especially in the context of employment litigation, Fourth Amendment privacy issues, prison litigation, and other relevant First Amendment, Title VII, and Religious Land Use and Institutional Persons Act (“RLUIPA”) practice. The course provides information about the basic religious beliefs, practices, and traditions of Islam — and how they are practiced by Muslim communities in the U.S., as well as emerging legal trends that raise issues unique to Muslims in the workplace, schools, prisons, and public spaces. Recent legal developments relating to the First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, RLUIPA, New York State Human Rights Law (“NYSHRL”), and Title VII will be highlighted.

NY CLE Credit: 2.0 Professional Practice & 1.0 Ethics

Sponsoring Association Committee: The New York City Bar Committee to Enhance Diversity In The Profession, Nate Saint-Victor and Sheila Boston, Co-Chairs

Co-Sponsors: The Muslim Bar Association of New York (MUBANY); The Association of Muslim American Lawyers (AMAL); The South Asian Bar Association of New York (AABANY)

Speakers: Zainab A. Chaudhry, Assistant Attorney General at the New York State Office of The Attorney General (Appeals & Opinions Bureau); Anjana Samant, Assistant Attorney General at the New York State Office of The Attorney General (Civil Rights Bureau); Sania W. Khan, Assistant Attorney General at the New York State Office of The Attorney General (Litigation Bureau); Imam Khalid Latif, Muslim Chaplain for the New York Police Department, and the Executive Director of the Islamic Center at New York University; Ehsan Zaffar, Senior Civil Liberties Policy Advisor at the United States Department of Homeland Security

For more information, please click here:


Women & Money Series, Session 2: The Money Fundamentals
Wednesday, April 6; 8:30am-10:00am
Program Fee: $5 Student Members | $ 15 Members | $ 30 Non Member

The "Women & Money Series" will consist of four morning "wake-up call" programs designed to equip powerful women lawyers with the necessary tools to make strong financial decisions. A recent study showed that 92% of women are eager to learn about financial planning, 8 out of 10 women confess they have refrained from having financial conversations, only 47% of women are confident talking money and investments with a professional, and 60% of women worry about having enough money to last through retirement. Knowledge of a personal emotional money personality for women is the way to start.
Session Two of the "Women & Money" Breakfast Series provides an overview of the money fundamentals. It is much easier to spend than to save, right? This session explains what a financial statement is and how to prepare one, how to start making progress on your short term and long term credits, and how to manage your budgeting and savings.

Sponsoring Committees: Committee on Women in the Profession, Lori L. Pines, Chair. Produced by the Subcommittee on Business & Leadership, Bernadette T. Beekman and Carol Frohlinger, Co-Chairs.

Co-sponsored by: Committee on Minorities in the Profession

Moderator: Jacquette Timmons

Speakers: Janet Bodnar; Eva A. Kitova

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Moving and Practicing In-House: A Panel Discussion
Tuesday, April 19; 6:30pm-8:30pm
Program Fee: Members $0 | Non Members $10

This program will cover what you need to know about working in, and transitioning to, in-house counsel positions. Panelists from a range of fields - from media to education to the pharmaceutical industry - will discuss their experience as well as relevant topics including the differences between working in-house and in a law firm, the unique benefits and drawbacks of practicing in-house, the current job market for working in-house, and the nuts and bolts of searching and applying for in-house positions.

Moderator: Amit Shertzer, Fox Horan & Camerini LLP

Speakers: Tricia Beckles, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Jennifer Bird,RPN Executive Search; William H. Crosby, Jr., Interpublic Group; Jennifer Lazo, Wenner Media; Jeffrey Metzler, New York University; Laurén Rauch, Oliver Wyman

Sponsoring Association Committees:
Social Events and Networking Committee, Lindsay Moilanen, Chair
Career Advancement and Management Committee, Aisha Joseph, Chair
Women in the Legal Profession Committee, Lori Pines, Chair
Minorities in the Profession Committee, Rakhi Bahadkar-Rajpaul, Chair

For more information, please click here:


Diversity Professionals Working Group: From Awareness to Action to Achievement: A Strategic Approach for Leading Diversity & Inclusion Efforts in the Legal Profession
Friday, April 22; 12:00pm-2:00pm

Yes, there has been a lot of activity on diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, especially in the private sector; however, the actual achievements on diversity and inclusion fall quite short of what you would expect given the efforts. This session, led by Dr. Arin Reeves of Nextions LLC, will delve into the D&I journey from awareness to action to achievement and explore what needs to be occurring at the diversity professional level and the organizational level in order to translate activity into results. We will explore the strategic journey for success and what each of us needs to do personally and institutionally to achieve success. This will be an interactive discussion, but it will also be a workshop where you will work on your own strategic plan and leave the session with concrete action items that you will be ready to implement. Lunch will be served.

Diversity and inclusion representatives from signatory law firms and companies are invited to attend at no cost, but advance registration is required and space is limited. Please register individually at the following link:


2016 Professional Development Workshop Series: The Explicit Impact of Implicit Bias: Unpacking and Interrupting Implicit Bias to Create More Diverse & Inclusive Workplaces
Friday, April 22, 2016 8:30am-10:15am
Program Fee: Free City Bar Members & Attorneys from Sponsoring Firms | $60 Non Members

Although there has been much dialogue on implicit and unconscious bias, unpacking this concept to understand the myriad of "mental shortcuts" that we take that impact how we work with and value others is critical to the diversity and inclusion journey of any organization. This presentation will cover many of the specific implicit biases that affect the ways in which we learn, work and lead, and how we can break our biases to achieve our highest potential, as individuals and organizations. This presentation will address how we can become more aware of our own assumptions, behaviors and impact, especially when we are interacting with people who we (consciously and unconsciously) see as different from us. In a rapidly changing global marketplace where our differences can be a source of conflict or strength, understanding and negotiating our implicit cognitive biases can be an individual as well as an organizational competitive advantage.

NY CLE Credit: 2.0 Law Practice Management

Speaker: Dr. Arin N. Reeves

Sponsors: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Herrick, Feinstein LLP; Kaye Scholer LLP; Kelley Drye & Warren LLP; King & Spalding; Labaton Sucharow LLP; New York City Law Department; Nixon Peabody LLP; Proskauer Rose LLP; Shearman & Sterling LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP; Winston & Strawn LLP

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How to Become an AUSA
Tuesday, April 26; 6:30pm-8:30pm

Panelists will discuss the structure of the office in their District, the types of cases that attorneys generally get to work on, the “career path” available, the qualifications sought for the position of Assistant United States Attorney and the basics of applying to the office in each District. Additionally, panelists are asked and encouraged to share information regarding their individual professional trajectories as well.

Co-Sponsors: Minorities in the Courts Committee, Natacha Carbajal, Chair; South Asian Bar Association of New York

Speakers: Jeanette Vargas, Asst. US Attorney, SDNY – civil division; Martin Belle, Assistant US Attorney, SDNY – criminal division; Sabrina G. Comizzoli, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney & Chief of Staff - DNJ; Orelia Merchant, Assistant US Attorney, EDNY – civil division; Maria Cruz Melendez, Asst. US Attorney, EDNY – criminal division

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Maintaining Career Momentum While Working Flexibly
Thursday, April 28; 9:00am-10:30am
Program Fee: $5 Student Members | $15 Members | $30 Non-Members.

This session provides insight into flexible work options and how lawyers have implemented flexibility while maintaining career momentum. The session will include a panel discussion as well as small group exercises to help participants explore how to successfully implement flexibility. We’ll discuss top tips for maintaining professional brand, visibility, and critical factors for continued career success. Panelists will provide a range of perspectives from big law, in-house, small firm, and non-profit roles.

Sponsoring Association Committees: Career Advancement and Management, Aisha Joseph, Chair, and Women in the Legal Profession, Lori Pines, Chair

Panelists: Kelly D'Auria, Reed Smith Partner in Life Sciences Health Industry Group; Elena Volkova, Volkova Law Group PLLC, Business, Non-Profit and Estate Law; Elizabeth R. Dambriunas, New York Law School, Associate Director, Career Planning and Alumni Advising; Caroline Oh, Executive Director, Executive Counsel at Boehringer Ingelheim

Moderator: Karen Donaldson, Vice President, North America, Talking Talent

For more information, please click here:


Diversity Fellowship 25th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, April 28; 6:00pm-9:00pm
Ticket Fee: $1600/table; $850/half-table; $175/individual
Discounted tickets available for former fellows, law school representatives, and government/non-profit employees

Please join the Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers in honoring the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Diversity Fellowship Program, which provides first-year law students from underrepresented populations the chance to spend a summer in one of New York’s leading law firms and corporate law departments. Since 1991, more than 600 diverse and talented first year law students from eleven New York City-area law schools have been given a rare and valuable opportunity to jump start their careers through the Fellowship - join us to celebrate the accomplishments of all our Fellows for the past twenty-five years!

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Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY): Current Efforts and Best Practices for Moving Your Organization Towards Equal Pay for Equal Work
Tuesday, April 5; 9:00am-11:00am
U.S. Customs House, Naval Officer Room; 1 Bowling Green, New York, NY

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the Women's Bureau U.S. Department of Labor's Equal Pay in 2016: Current Efforts and Best Practices for Moving Your Organization Towards Equal Pay for Equal Work

RSVP directly to

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Dominican Bar Association (DBA): Let's Chat: Using Your J.D. Beyond the Courtroom
Tuesday, April 5; 6:00pm-8:00pm
New York Law School; 185 West Broadway, New York, NY

The discussion will focus on roles that draw upon the legal expertise and training of attorneys, but do not require litigating in a courtroom. Participants will learn which skills, classes, and training the panelists rely upon to perform their everyday duties, as well as discuss transitioning into career paths that take them out of the courtroom.

Moderator: Maria Felix, Con Edison

Panelists: Terrence Stroud, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development; Safiyah Spann-Brisbane, Kate Spade; Sadie Smith, Con Edison; Evelyn Perez, Conde Nast

For more information, please contact the Dominican Bar Association at


Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY): Cardozo Law School Presents Finding Success as In-House Counsel
Tuesday, April 5; 6:00pm-8:00pm
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Room 102); 55 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Join us for a conversation with Career Coach and Social Media Maven, Paula Edgar, the moderator for our distinguished in-house panel, featuring the following speakers:

Blossom Kan, Assistant General Counsel at MetLife Insurance; Jeff Tang, Intellectual Property Attorney at IBM; Michael Yap, Chief Legal Officer of International Investments at Prudential; David Wang, General Counsel at Starworks Group

Light food and beverages will be served.

Questions? Contact

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Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) & Korean-American Lawyers Association of Greater New York (KALAGNY): Getting to the Top of the House
Thursday, April 7; 6:30pm-8:00pm
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; 919 Third Avenue, New York, NY

Please save the date for an interactive discussion on how to transition into leadership roles both in-house and in law firms. This panel is intended for mid-level attorneys interested in moving into more senior roles and also for experienced attorneys considering making the move from law firms to in-house and vice-versa. The panel will include a Q&A session and will be followed by a networking reception.

Food and refreshments will be provided and networking opportunities will take place after the event. Organized by Thomas Kim and Dan Cho, the Co-Chairs of KALAGNY's In-House Committee.

To register, please click here:


Bronx County Bar Association: Annual Dinner
Thursday, April 7; 5:30pm-9:00pm
Marina del Rey; 1 Marina Drive, Bronx, NY

Join the Bronx County Bar Association for the Annual Dinner, honoring Hon. Darcel D. Clark, District Attorney of Bronx County; Hon. Barry Salman, Justice of the Supreme Court of Bronx County; and Hon. Faviola A. Soto, Justice of the Supreme Court of Bronx County.

For more information, please click here:


Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY): Career Q&A with Assistant US Attorneys from the SDNY
Monday, April 11; 6:30pm-8:00pm
BakerHostetler; 45 Rockefeller Plaza, 14th Floor, New York, NY

Ever thought of a career as an AUSA? Here’s your chance to pose questions to a panel of AUSAs from the Southern District of New York. Come join us to learn more about the careers of this fantastic panel – including:

Moderator: Saira Hussain, MuBANY Secretary

Panelists: Neil M. Corwin, Executive Assistant United States Attorney; Arastu Chaudhury, civil division; Rebecca Tinio, civil division; Sagar Ravi, criminal division; Eun Young Choi, criminal division

Introduction by: Madiha Zuberi, MuBANY Vice President

Closing remarks by: Nexus Sea, Nigerian Lawyers Association President

Co-sponsors: Federal Bar Association, Southern District of New York Chapter; Metropolitan Black Bar Association; Arab American Bar Association; South Asian Bar Association of New York; Hispanic National Bar Association / NY Region

For more information, please click here:


American Bar Association (ABA): International Law Spring 2016 Meeting
Tuesday, April 12-Saturday, April 16
Grand Hyatt New York; 109 East 42nd Street, New York, NY

The ABA Section of International Law invites you to attend our 2016 Spring Meeting in the beautiful and bustling city of New York from April 12 – 16, 2016. Join over 1,500 leading attorneys, corporate counsel, government officials, academics and NGO lawyers for over three days of networking and programming on the latest international legal and ethics issues. AABANY is a Cooperating Entity on this event and AABANY members can take advantage of discounted ABA Section of International Law Member Rates by registering online and selecting the “Cooperating Entity” rate. Registration rates are further discounted for full-time law students, full time gov./academic/NGO, corporate counsel, and young lawyers (35 and under).

Speakers: Hon. Stephen Breyer, US Supreme Court Justice; Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte, US Ambassador to El Salvador

For more information, please click here:


Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY): Diversity in ADR: Optimizing Results in Dispute Resolution
Tuesday, April 12; 5:30pm-9:00pm
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; 450 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

Panel I - Corporate Commitment to Diversity
Leaders with experience in major corporations will discuss why diversity is important to corporations and what initiatives to broaden and deepen diversity have worked for them. How may a person of diverse background capitalize on these initiatives? The panelists will provide (i) views on the key drivers that motivate the selection of advocates and neutrals and (ii) tips on how a candidate can shine above others.

Panelists: Terri Austin, Esq., Chief Corporate Policy Officer at McGraw Hill Financial;
David Burt, Esq., Arbitrator, Mediator and Corporate ADR Consultant; Heather Glatter, Esq., Director and Employment Counsel at Credit Suisse

Moderator: Joan Hogarth, Esq., Attorney, Arbitrator and Mediator

Panel II - Identifying Implicit Bias and Developing Strategies for Responding to Implicit Bias
The panelists will address how implicit bias or unconscious bias impacts the mediation process, how to identify implicit bias, and what tools mediators and advocates can employ to address the perceived implicit bias. The panel will inform us of the neuroscience research findings regarding implicit bias. Thought-provoking examples of what may trigger implicit bias or unconscious bias in the mediator will be presented, as well as how implicit bias or unconscious bias affects the parties and advocates.

Panelists: Professor Bridget M. Regan, J.D., Mediator, Director of Mediation Clinic and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law, Brooklyn Law School, and Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Education at the Mortan Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, Teachers College, Columbia University
Betsy Silva, Principal and founder of Silva Advisors and Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement for Boehringer Ingelheim. Ms. Silva also is a consultant and executive leadership coach focusing on talent management, global inclusion workplace strategies and unconscious bias.

Moderator: Alfreida B. Kenny, Esq., The Law Office of Alfreida B. Kenny

Panel III - Ethical Issues for Mediators and Attorneys
Ethical issues can also arise in the context of mediation proceedings, both from the perspectives of the mediator and the attorneys representing the disputants. This highly interactive program, led by two facilitators with the help of a moderator, will explore some of those issues through the use of short vignettes that illustrate how such issues could arise, for example, in the joint session, during an individual caucus, and even after the mediation session has concluded.

Panelists: Harold I. Abramson, Professor, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center; Devika Kewalramani, Esq., Partner, Moses & Singer, LLP

Moderator: Carolyn E. Hansen, Esq., Attorney at Law and Mediator

For questions contact Beth Gould at

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Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY): From Yellow Peril to Islamophobia: How Asian Stereotypes Impact Our Lives Today
Tuesday, April 12; 6:00pm-8:00pm
NYU Kaufman Management Center, KMC 2-60, 44 West 4th Street, Suite 6-130, New York, NY

In the aftermath of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, the U.S. has witnessed a resurgence in Islamophobia, recreating the kind of sociopolitical climate that led to the Japanese American internment in the 1940s. Join us for an important panel discussion on how historical and current events have helped to perpetuate the marginalization of the Asian American community and how the resulting stereotypes impact our lives and the lives of our youth today. Arun Venugopal, reporter and host of WNYC’s Micropolis, will moderate the discussion on how today’s rhetoric about Asian Americans play out in society and law. Q&A to follow.

Speakers: Deepa Iyer, racial justice activist, lawyer, and author of We Too Sing America; Kermit Roosevelt, author of Allegiance and professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania; Chris Kwok, civil rights activist and mediation supervisor at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

For more information, please click here:


Law & Reorder: Gender, Emotion & Power in the Workplace
Tuesday, April 12; 12:15pm-2:00pm
O'Melveny & Myers LLP; 7 Times Square, 30th Floor, Room 30ABC, New York, NY

Gender, Emotion & Power in the Workplace. How frequently have you heard: 'It's nothing against you, it's not personal -- it's just business"? And, in response, how often have you thought at work it's never just business -- it's always personal. At this event, journalist and former corporate executive Anne Kreamer will give us a behind-the-scene look at what's really going on from 9 to 5 -- the crying, yelling, jealousy and bullying, as well as the friendship and laughter borne of creative collaboration. Presenting the latest information on the intricacies of the human brain and sharing candid stories from employees in a wide range of fields, and the surprising results of two national surveys, Anne will help us understand how to get rational about our emotions and gain practical skills to help us flourish in an emotionally charged workplace.

Speaker: Anne Kreamer, author, It's Always Personal: Navigating Emotion in the New Workplace

For more information, please click here:


Ms. JD and White & Case LLP Present: Intergenerational Relationships - Making Strong Connections
Wednesday, April 13; 12:00pm-1:30pm
White & Case LLP; 1155 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

Please join Ms. JD and its National Sponsor White & Case LLP as we discuss ways to enhance relationships between intergenerational lawyers. How can I a mentor a younger lawyer? How can I improve my working relationship with a senior partner? This panel discussion will answer these questions and more with featured attorneys at various stages of their legal careers.

Speakers: Katie Larkin-Wong, Immediate Past President, Ms. JD; Nazim Zilkha, Partner, White & Case LLP; Aisha Christian, General Counsel, Rent the Runway; Caitlin Colesanti, Associate, White & Case LLP; Demetra Frawley, Associate, White & Case LLP and Onramp Fellow

For more information and registration, please click here:


Bronx County Bar Association: Options for Bronx Defendants with Mental Health Issues
Wednesday, April 13; 12:45pm-2:00pm
Bronx Hall of Justice, Room LL-250; 265 East 161st Street, Bronx, NY 10451
Program Fee: $10 Members | $15 Non Members

Join the Bronx County Bar Association for a lunchtime Criminal Law CLE with content suited to both experienced and newly admitted attorneys.

Faculty: Karinne Comenzo, Program Director, Bronx CIRT; Isabel Lugo, Resource Coordinator, Bronx CIRT; Dr. Carl E. Fisher, Consulting Psychiatrist, Bronx CIRT; Dr. Susanna Preziosi, Clinical Director, Bronx TASC Mental Health Court Program; Shlomit Levy, Clinical Coordinator, Bronx Community Solutions; Orleny Rojas, Citywide Supervised Release Coordinator

Attendees will receive 1 CLE Credit in Professional Practice.

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South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY): Becoming Your Best Leader: Strategies for Creating Your Personal Leadership Plan
Wednesday, April 13; 6:30pm-8:00pm
Location TBD

Becoming a leader requires that you take charge of your career and act strategically and proactively. During this practical program, you will develop an awareness of key leadership competencies. With these in mind, you will have an opportunity to reflect upon your individual strengths and areas for growth. You will then apply a proven framework to begin to create your personal leadership plan with SMART goals, action steps and strategies for becoming your best leader.

Speaker: Lisa B. Horowitz, Founder and Principal Strategist, Attorney Talent Strategy Group LLC

For more information, please click here:


Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY): Monthly Pro Bono Legal Clinic
Wednesday, April 13; 6:30pm-8:30pm
Consolidated Chinese Benevolent Association; 62 Mott Street, New York, NY

In keeping with our theme of Charting New Frontiers, AABANY is excited to offer its first monthly pro bono clinic, thanks to the hard work of our Pro Bono & Community Service Committee, chaired by June Lee, Samuel Lui, and Vina Ha.

This free legal clinic will take place the second Wednesday of every month at the Consolidated Chinese Benevolent Association Chinese Community Center, Inc. at 62 Mott Street, New York, New York, 10013. Participants can call (212) 226-6280 to make appointments.

Those interested in volunteering with our Pro Bono & Community Service Committee should contact

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Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY): Do NOT Follow the Leader
Thursday, April 14; 6:30pm-8:30pm
Mayer Brown; 1221 Avenue of the Americas, 14th Floor, New York, NY

Veronica S. Jung is the founder and CEO of Veronica S. Jung, PLLC, an employment litigation boutique serving NYC's entrepreneurial community. A Harvard College and Boston University School of Law graduate, Ms. Jung has served as a trial attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice. Ms. Jung will discuss reclaiming and owning your own inner leader, improving rainmaking, leading clients and teammates to results, managing time, and establishing a personal brand. For tips on bold, authentic leadership, follow her on Twitter: @veronicasjung.

Co-sponsor: Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York (KALAGNY)

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Columbian Lawyers Association: 51st Annual Rapallo/Scalia Award Luncheon
Friday, April 15; 12:30pm-2:30pm
The Waldorf Astoria Hotel; 301 Park Avenue, New York, NY

On behalf of the Officers and Directors of the Association, it is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 51st Charles A. Rapallo and Justice Antonin Scalia Award Luncheon where we will confer our most distinguished award upon Hon. Frank R. Seddio, Chairman of the Kings County Democratic County Committee and Former Judge, Surrogate's Court, Kings County. This award, named in honor of the first Italian American jurists appointed to the New York State Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court, is bestowed annually to outstanding jurists, public servants and citizens of Italian American descent.

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Brandeis Association: Annual Law Sabbath
Friday, April 15; 6:30pm-8:30pm
Hillcrest Jewish Center; 183-02 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, NY
Program Fee: $ 35 Adults | $10 Children 13 & under

2016's Annual Law Sabbath honors Martin H. Olesh, and features Dvora Biderman, who recently completed a Dental Care Mission to the Jewish community in Uganda. The event will include Friday night sabbath services and a traditional Glatt Kosher dinner.

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National Bar Association, Region 2 (NBA): Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Oral Advocacy Competition and Regional Meeting
Saturday, April 16; 10:00am-1:00pm
MetLife; 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

On Saturday, April 16 at 10:00 a.m. Region II will hold its Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Oral Advocacy Competition and Regional Meeting. A member of the Met Life team will also be conducting a financial workshop during the Meeting for which CLE credit will be available. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on April 16!

For more information, please contact


Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA): Community Law Day
Saturday, April 16; 11:00am-4:00pm
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building; 163 West 125th Street, New York, NY

The MBBA is seeking attorneys to participate in its Harlem Community Law Day. This will be a very rewarding experience for our members and we encourage you to consider volunteering. Volunteers are needed to provide legal consultations on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, Wills, Estates & Trusts, Immigration and Housing. We are asking volunteers to commit one or two hours for the day.

For more information and registration, please click here:


Brooklyn Women's Bar Association (BWBA): Collaborative Reproduction and the Law
Monday, April 18; 5:30pm-7:30pm
Brooklyn Bar Association; 123 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY

The Brooklyn Women's Bar Association presents a program on building modern families in New York and the need for legislative reform, organized by Denise Seidelman and Nina Rumbold. Attendees will receive 1.5 CLE Credits.

Make your reservation by emailing

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Brooklyn Women's Bar Association (BWBA): The Kings County Matrimonial Pro Bono Project Luncheon
Tuesday, April 19; 1:30pm-2:30pm
Brooklyn Supreme Court; 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY

The Brooklyn Women's Bar Association invites you to the first annual luncheon reception to thank the volunteers who have worked tirelessly for Kings County litigants who can not afford representation.

Our organization invites all matrimonial attorneys with a minimum of five years experience to volunteer 25 hours a year to help deserving pro se litigants in contested matrimonial actions. Come to the reception to register and learn more.

This program is sponsored by Hon. Jeffrey S. Sunshine, Supervising Judge for Matrimonial Matter, Kings County, and Hon. Nancy T. Sunshine, County Clerk of Kings County.


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New York State Bar Association (NYSBA): Smooth Moves 2016: A Decade of Celebrating Diversity in the Profession
Tuesday, April 19; 4:00pm-6:00pm
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Kaplan Penthouse, The Rose Building, 165 West 65th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY

Join NYSBA for a conversation with Hon. Zachary W. Carter, moderated by Hon. Barry Cozier, preceding the presentation of the Hon. George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award and the Minority Law Student Summer Fellowship.

Speakers: Hon Zachary W. Carter, Corporation Counsel of the City of New York; Hon. Barry Cozier; Tracee E. Davis; Hon. Sylvia Hinds-Radix; Carla M. Miller

Sponsors: Farrell Fritz, P.C.; Morrison & Foerster LLP; Sidley Austin LLP; Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewry LLP; Jenner & Block LLP; LeClairRyan, P.C.; Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer LLP; Ganfer & Shore LLP; Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP; Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP; Rakower Law PLLC
Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

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New York State Bar Association (NYSBA): An Examination of Judicial Diversity in New York State
Wednesday, April 20; 6:00pm-8:00pm
Pace University Law School; 78 N. Broadway, White Plains, NY

This program will examine the benefits of a diverse judiciary and provide practical tools when seeking a judgeship at all levels of our court system.

Welcome Remarks and Moderator: Elena Goldberg Velazquez, Appellate Division First Department

Panelists: Hon. Alan D. Scheinkman, Administrative Judge for the 9th Judicial District; Hon. Kathie Davidson, Supervising Judge for the 9th Judicial District Family Courts; Hon. Walter Rivera, Greenburgh Town Justice; Hon. Gretchen Walsh, 9th Judicial District Supreme Court; Guy Parisi, Esq., Guy Parisi Law; Hon. Javier Vargas, New York City Family Court

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National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce New York (NGLCCNY): Members Monthly Mixer (M3)
Wednesday, April 20; 6:00pm-8:30pm
MetLife; 1095 Avenue of the Americas, 23rd Floor, New York, NY
Program Fee: Free Members | $20 Non Members

Admission is complimentary to all registered members. All non-members will be charged $20 to attend each M3 event filled with professional networking with our corporate partners, business owners, nonprofits, and other professional members of the chamber. Our M3s are hosted by a member and include two and a half hours of networking, light appetizers and beverages.

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Dominican Bar Association (DBA): Know Your Rights Workshop (en Español)
Wednesday, April 20; 6:30pm-8:30pm
Cultural Center Centro Cívico Cultural Dominicano; 619 West 145th Street, New York, NY

This workshop, held in Spanish and conducted by St. John's University School of Law students, will educate the community on Family Court Proceedings and Juvenile Delinquency. Following said workshop, attorneys will be present to answer the audience's questions.

Co-sponsors: St. John's Law School Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA)

For more information, please contact the Dominican Bar Association


Muslim Bar Association of New York (MuBANY): Inaugural Gala and Rewards Reception
Wednesday, April 20; 6:30pm-10:00pm
New York Hilton Hotel Midtown Manhattan; 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY
Ticket Prices: $95 Member | $130 Non Members

MuBANY is pleased to have you as a guest at the inaugural Muslim Bar Association of New York Gala and Awards Reception, celebrating the theme of "Building Community, Serving Community: A Decade of Achievement 2006-2016." The keynote address will be delivered by Wajahat Ali, an award-winning playwright, lawyer, and TV host.

Honorees: Arnold & Porter LLP; Dean Obeidallah; Hon. Carolyn Walker-Diallo

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Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY): "Passing the Torch" - Honoring Outgoing Chief Judge Preska and Incoming Chief Judge McMahon
Wednesday, April 20; 5:30pm-7:30pm
Thurgood Marshall Courthouse (Main Floor); 500 Pearl St, New York, NY

Please join the Federal Bar Association in congratulating Hon. Loretta A. Preska, Chief Judge, Southern District of New York on Her Honor's Tenure as Chief Judge and to congratulate Hon. Colleen McMahon, District Judge, Southern District of New York who will succeed Her Honor as Chief Judge.

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Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA): Getting Justice for All - Part I: Career Opportunities in Criminal Justice
Wednesday, April 20; 6:30pm-8:30pm
NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch; Roy Wilkins Center, 270 West 96th Street, New York, NY

This program will explain the skills, education, and background needed to enter jobs within the legal system. Suitable for high school students, college students and anyone entering the workforce. This is not a career fair. You will also be able to sign up for Criminal Court and Criminal Family Tours.

If you have any questions please contact Chair, Criminal Justice Committee, NAACP MMB, Kim Parker,

Co-Sponsors: NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch, Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem (NDS), and Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement's (HCCI)

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New York Women's Bar Association (NYWBA): Don’t Try this at Home: The Questionable Ethics of Better Call Saul
Wednesday, April 20; 5:30pm-8:00pm
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC; 488 Madison Avenue, 10th Floor, New York, NY

As lawyers, we can learn a lot from antics of lawyer Saul Goodman – the popular character from the hit television shows Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. This 1.5 credit ethics CLE program uses humorous clips from Better Call Saul as a launching pad to discuss a wide range of ethics issues. Topics covered will include ethics in negotiation and litigation, duty of candor to the court, attorney advertising, and legal fees and retainers.

Moderator: Nicole I. Hyland, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC

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National Bar Association (NBA): Mid-year Conference & Gertrude E. Rush Awards Dinner
Thursday, April 21-Sunday, April 24
Marriott Resort; 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL

The National Bar Association is pleased to announce the third year of its Gateway to Success
Conference will be held during our Mid-Year Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Attendance will be offered to all Mid-Year registrants for CLE credit (select seminars). The Gateway to Success III seminars, hosted by the top legal, financial and technological professionals in their fields, are designed to both provide substantive legal knowledge and build networks for practicing attorneys (corporate attorneys and outside counsel), law students and undergraduate students interested in the legal profession.

Keynote Speaker: John W. Thompson, Chairman, Microsoft

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Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA): Puerto Rico/Puerto Ricans: A Diaspora Summit
Friday, April 22-Saturday, April 23
Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work; 2180 Third Avenue, New York, NY

Top scholars and leaders will come together to explore solutions to the critical problems facing our community at “Puerto Rico/Puerto Ricans: A Diaspora Summit.” The weekend-long event will examine the crisis on the island and focus on the impact it has had on Puerto Ricans living in the United States. Join us on April 22 and 23 at the Silberman School of Social Work to add your voice to this important dialogue.

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Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA): A Conversation with Alphonso David, Counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo
Wednesday, April 27; 6:00pm-8:00pm
Haynes & Boone, LLP; 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY

On April 1, 2015 Alphonso David became the first African-American and openly gay man to serve as Counsel to the Governor. In this role, he functions as the Governor’s chief counsel and principal legal advisor, and oversees all significant legal and policy deliberations affecting New York State including evaluating proposed legislation, implementing laws and policies, and formulating the State’s posture in both affirmative and defensive litigation. Mr. David will discuss his career path and how his past experiences prepared him for the day-to-day issues that cross his desk in the Governor’s office.

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New York Women's Bar Association: 2016 Annual Awards and Installation
Monday, May 2; 6:00pm-9:00pm
Three Sixty; 10 Desbrosses Street, New York, NY

Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will be presented with the President's Special Award. Cocktails and Silent Auction to benefit the NYWBA Foundation and its Hon. Betty Weinberg Ellerin Fellowship at 6:00pm. Dinner and Program at 7:15pm. Deborah G. Rosenthal will be installed as 2016-17 NYWBA President.

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Bloomberg BNA: A Call to Action: General Counsel Leading the Profession
Tuesday, May 3; 2:30pm-6:00pm
Harold Pratt House ; 58 East 68th Street, New York, NY

Join Bloomberg BNA on May 3, 2016 in New York, NY for Big Law Business Diversity & Inclusion Conference: A Call to Action, our third in the series of Diversity & Inclusion events, where Big Law Business will begin to take the next steps toward driving results and holding our profession accountable for progress.

Keynote Speaker: Paulette Brown, President, American Bar Association

Speakers: Rohini Anand, PhD, Senior Vice President Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo; Patricia Gillette, Keynote Speaker and Author, former partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; David F. Levine, General Counsel, Bloomberg LP

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Additional Announcements

The New York Legal Education Opportunity Program (NY LEO)
Deadline: Friday, April 15

The New York Legal Education Opportunity Program (NY LEO) promotes diversity within the legal profession by improving the probability of success for minority, low-income and economically disadvantaged students who aspire to attend law school. NYLEO is an intensive six-week law school preparation program scheduled to take place June 6, 2016 through July 15, 2016 at the New York State Judicial Institute, the court system’s judicial education training center, located on the campus of Pace Law School, in White Plains, New York. The program is designed to provide a solid foundation for success in law school by strengthening the analytical, writing and study stills of prospective law students. Classes are taught by tenured or tenure-track faculty from New York State law schools. Tuition, room and board, modified meal plan, books and supplies are provided free of charge to participants thanks to funding provided byNew York State Assembly and Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner, a 2009 NY LEO alumna.

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Dorsey & Whitney: Future Leaders Program
Deadline: April 30

Dorsey & Whitney LLP is proud to announce its Future Leaders Program. A handful of talented, diverse young people will have the opportunity to work alongside attorneys and staff in our New York office as interns. The week-long program will offer our Future Leaders internship in the Legal group or the Management/Administration group.

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