March 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.

March is full of great events at the City Bar and in the greater community, and also when our pipeline efforts start up! We are pleased to announce that our Diversity Pipeline Initiatives Committee is now recruiting students for our Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program and our CLICKS Sports/Entertainment Pipeline Program, as well as volunteer attorneys, internship providers, and law firm/corporate hosts for events. Student participants of these programs have gone on to pursue careers in law, public service, finance, and nonprofits, to name a few - many of them continue to be active members of the City Bar. For more information on these programs, please see below and feel free to contact Monica Parks to get involved in a mutually rewarding experience!

Again, we would not be able to provide any of these programs or opportunities without your generosity. Please consider becoming a Sponsor to the Office for Diversity today and support our mission to break barriers and build bridges in the law profession. In addition to firm/corporate sponsorships, individual contributions have a lasting impact on all our initiatives.

And finally, a warm welcome to our new law firm signatories to the Statement of Diversity and Inclusion Principles: Baker & McKenzie LLP, Beveridge & Diamond, Finkelstein Platt LLP, Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP, Jaspan Schlesinger LLP, Landman Corsi Ballaine & Ford PC and Redmond Law PLLC. We look forward to working with you!

I hope to see many of you at these events,



2016 Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program: Applications Open for Students, Employers, and Volunteer Attorneys

For more information, please visit the program website.

Student application:
Deadline: March 18

Employer registration:
Deadline: March 25

Volunteer attorney registration:

For more information contact Monica Parks at or (212) 382-6772.


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 follow us on social media via our LinkedIn group and Twitter.


Women & Money, a 4-Part Series: How Powerful Women Lawyers Make Strong Financial Decisions
Thursday, March 3; 8:00am-10:00am
Program Fee: $5 student members | $ 15 members | $ 30 non members

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 One of the "Women & Money" Breakfast Series offers you a chance to get in the right financial mindset by first identifying your own money personality. The topic of money is so emotionally loaded that few couples discuss it frankly, and this is a cause of what drives many business and personal partnerships apart. Our panelists will speak about how one's money mindset may add to the challenges women lawyers face, such as living longer and being paid less.

Moderator: Jacquette M. Timmons

Speakers: Dr. Marlin S. Potash, Ed.D.; Christina Getz, R.N.

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

For more information, please click here:


Insights and Opportunities: Learn about Recent Antitrust Enforcement Trends in the Financial Services Industry and Network with Leading Women Practitioners
Thursday, March 3; 5:00pm-7:00 p.m

This Insights and Opportunities event will feature remarks from Renata B. Hesse, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, as well as wine and chocolate pairings and vibrant discussion. Registration is required. Space is limited.

Sponsors: Antitrust and Trade Regulation Committee; Women in the Legal Profession Committees ; Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association; Insurance and Financial Services Committee of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association

For more information, please click here:


Achieving Diversity in the C-Suite
Monday, March 7; 7:00pm-9:00pm
Program Fee: $5 student member | $10 member | $25 non member

Join the NYC Bar Association’s Committee on Minorities in the Profession in a discussion regarding methods to combat the lack of diversity in the C-suite and board of directors of many American corporations. A dynamic panel of high-powered professionals will offer solutions based on the success achieved in this area by their respective companies, and will discuss opportunities for attorneys (in both legal and non-legal roles) to help achieve the same.

Speakers: Terri Austin, Chief Corporate Policy Officer, McGraw Hill Financial; Taa Grays, President, Metropolitan Black Bar Association; Eamonn Hobbs, Chairman, Marvao Medical Devices, Ltd.; Parkin Lee, Chief Legal Officer & Senior Vice President, The Rockefeller Group; Michele Meyer-Shipp, Vice-President and Chief Diversity Officer, Prudential Financial Inc.

Sponsoring Committee: Minorities in the Profession, Rakhi Bahadkar-Rajpaul, Chair

For more information, please click here:


An Evening with Zachary Carter, New York City Corporation Counsel
Tuesday, March 15; 6:00pm-7:30pm
Program Fee: members free | $30 non members

Join us for an Evening with New York City Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter as he shares reflections on his career path, which includes both private practice and public service, including as a judge and United States Attorney. He will also give advice on how to make your way through the legal profession, and the responsibilities and benefits of being an active member of the profession. The Evening is part of the Speaker Series of the New Lawyer Institute, which is designed to prepare new lawyers to be successful in the legal profession. All City Bar members and the general public are invited to attend.

Speaker: Hon. Zachary Carter, New York City Corporation Counsel

For more information, please click here:


Dominican Bar Association (DBA): Current State of Affairs: Latin America
Tuesday, March 1; 6:00pm-7:30pm
New York Law School; 185 West Broadway, New York, NY

Join us for a panel discussion on current issues affecting Latin American countries. Discover what steps have been taken to combat these issues and what you can do with your legal degree.

Panelists: Professor Ruti Teitel, Ernst C. Steifel Professor of Comparative Law; Dr. Josue Fiallo, Special Ambassador of the Dominican Republic; Betty Lugo, Pacheco & Lego PLLC, Puerto Rican Bar Association President

For more information, please click here:


LGBT Bar Association of Greater NY (LeGaL): Annual LGBT Legal Career Fair
Tuesday, March 1; 5:30pm-8:00pm
New York Law School; 185 West Broadway, New York, NY

The Career Fair is a one-of-a-kind annual event targeted specifically to local LGBT law students, and provides a great opportunity to meet informally with lawyers and recruiters from many of the area's major legal employers and learn about employment opportunities in preparation for the fall 2016 recruiting season. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to establish networks at many of New York's top firms, largest government employers, and leading public interest organizations. In a tough economy, there's no better way to open up new doors than through personal contacts.

Employers and law students can register at


Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), Korean American Lawyers' Guild of New York (KALAGNY), The Advantage America EB5 Group: EB-5 Series, Part 2: Starting an EB-5 Practice
Tuesday, March 1; 6:00pm-8:00pm
Akerman LLP; 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

As can be witnessed by the fact that the annual 10,000 visa quota for the EB-5 immigrant investor category was reached for the first time in FY2015, the popularity of the EB-5 visa has grown immensely in the past few years. As a result, more and more immigration attorneys are fielding inquiries from potential clients interested in exploring EB-5 as an option for themselves or their children studying in the United States. On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, Julia Yong-hee Park will present Part 2 of the EB-5 series titled “Starting an EB-5 Practice” for immigration attorneys exploring adding EB-5 to their practice mix.

For more information, please click here:


New York Women's Bar Association (NYWBA): CLE - So There is Alienation, Now What?
Wednesday, March 2; 6:00pm-8:00pm
JAMS, 620 8th Avenue, 34th Floor, New York, NY
Program Fee: NYWBA members free | $50 non members

NYWBA Matrimonial & Family Law Committee and Children’s Rights Committee are proud to co-sponsor a CLE Program on “So, There is Alienation, Now What?” The program is hosted by JAMS Matrimonial and Family Law neutrals Caroline Antonacci, Esq. and Hon. Betty Ellerin (Ret.).

Moderator: Hon. Lori S. Sattler

Speakers: Saralee Evans, Esq., Partner, Siegel Teitelbaum & Evans, LLP; Sara L. Weiss, Ed.D.; Virginia A. LoPreto, Esq.

For more information, please click here:


Dominican Bar Association (DBA): Workshop on Tenants' Rights
Wednesday, March 2; 6:00pm-8:00pm
El Centro Cívico Cultural Dominicano; 619 West 145th St, New York, NY

The Dominican Bar Association will host a community workshop focusing on tenants' rights - please attend for more information and assistance on this timely issue!
For more information, please click here:


Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY): Get to Know AABANY Happy Hour
Wednesday, March 2; 6:30pm-8:30pm
District Social; 252 West 37th Street, New York, NY

Non-members and members, get to know AABANY for the first time or get to know AABANY better! Join us for a fantastic happy hour at District Social on Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:30 PM. Get to know the AABANY Membership Committee, the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee, the Government Service and Public Interest Committee, and the Young Lawyers Committee.

For more information, please click here:


New York State Bar Association (NYSBA): Marketing Conference for Solo Practitioners
Thursday, March 3; 9:00am-5:00pm
Executive Conference Center; 1601 Broadway, New York, NY
Program Fee: NYSBA members $195 | $295 non members

Combining a discussion of basic best practices with a review of ethics-based opportunities and constraints, this program will provide an overview of technology and Internet resources to grow your firm. Learn how to use technology and Internet resources to target the clients you want to build your practice effectively and efficiently.

Learn how to attract clients and develop business. Seasoned faculty will provide practical ideas you can implement right away. Panelists will share advice on attorney websites, public relations, LinkedIn marketing, targeted prospecting and social media.

Panelists will also explore the limitations placed on lawyers by the ethics rules. Leading authorities on legal ethics will discuss the New York Rules of Professional Conduct, case law, and ethics opinions governing the marketing of legal services by lawyers.

Faculty: Marcia Golden; Nancy B. Schess, Esq.; John R. McCarron, Jr., Esq.; Carol Greenwald, Ph.D.; Mitch Tobol; Dan Lear, Esq., AVVO; Mark Halpert, LinkedIn; Pery Krinsky, Esq.

Co-sponsored by: New York Women's Bar Association (NYWBA); Metropolitan Black Bar Association

To register, please click here:


Queens County Women's Bar Association (QCWBA): Heart Health Event
Wednesday, March 3; 5:30pm-7:00pm
Dee's Restaurant; 107-23 Metropolitan Avenue, Forest Hills, NY
Tickets: $35

Please join the QCWBA at our 5th Annual Heart Health Event as we learn tips on eating and practicing heart healthy this year, including watching a demonstration on how to perform CPR!

Let’s all test our knowledge of ways to live heart-healthy lives (with prizes!!) and learn how we can potentially save the life of another by learning CPR. 80% of the time that someone needs CPR outside of the hospital, he/she is in the company of a loved one. We need to learn or have a refresher on CPR – it only takes a few minutes.

Speaker: Sharon Bean, American Heart Association

For more information, please click here:


Long Island Hispanic Bar Association (LIHBA): Cohalan Cares for Kids
Thursday, March 3; 6:00pm-8:00pm
Suffolk County Bar Association; 560 Wheeler Road, Hauppauge, NY

Swing into spring with the fifth annual benefit for EAC Network’s Suffolk County Children’s Center at Cohalan Court - a child care center that enables parents with young children to attend to their court business.

Register here:


St. John's University School of Law's Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA): Annual Lunar New Year Dinner
Thursday, March 3; 6:00pm-9:00pm
Providence NYC; 311 West 57th Street, New York, NY

St. John's University School of Law's Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) cordially invites you to attend our Annual Lunar New Year Dinner Celebration entitled “Bringing Together the Ambitious, the Loyal, and the Distinguished.” Join attorneys and St. John's law students for a one-hour networking reception over drinks, hors d’oeuvres, great conversation, and a sit-down three-course meal to honor 1992 alumnus and longtime AABANY supporter Yasuhiro Saito, Partner at Saito Sorenson Lurie LLP.

For more information, please click here:


Federal Bar Council: 2016 Judges Reception
Thursday, March 3; 6:00pm-8:00pm
The Union League Club; 38 East 37th Street, New York, NY

The Trustees of the Federal Bar Council cordially invite you to join them at the 2016 Judges Reception. In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the EDNY
the Federal Bar Council is honoring The District Judges in the Eastern District of New York. The Federal Bar Council is an organization of lawyers who practice in federal
courts within the Second Circuit. It is dedicated to promoting excellence in
federal practice and fellowship among federal practitioners. It is also committed
to encouraging respectful, cordial relations between the bench and bar.

For more information, please click here:


Dominican Bar Association (DBA): Let's Chat: The Most Important Decisions About Your Career Are Made When You AREN'T in the Room
Monday, March 7; 6:00pm-8:30pm
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; 1540 Broadway, New York, NY

The inaugural panel of the Dominican Bar Association's "Let's Chat" series will provide practical advice for career advancement and focus on mastering the nuances necessary to becoming successful, no matter the stage in which your career is in.

This panel will also create a safe space for professionals, at all levels, to engage in a candid and honest discussion about their challenges and goals as legal professionals.

Panelists: Carolina A. Fornos, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Rosevelie Marquez, East Coast Diversity Director, Sidley Austin LLP; Maritza Mejia-Ming, Counsel to the District Attorney, Kings County; Jose Luis Perez, Deputy General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF

For more information and registration, please click here:


New York Women's Bar Association (NYWBA): Promoting Justice: Legal Issues Facing Transgender People
Wednesday, March 9 & Wednesday, March 16; 1:00pm-2:00pm
New York County Criminal Court; 100 Centre Street, Room 535, New York, NY

NYWBA's LGBT and Criminal Law Committees, NYC Criminal Court Gender Fairness Committee, and LGBT Committee of the Assigned Counsel Plan Appellate Division, First Department are proud to co-sponsor a CLE Program on Legal Issues Facing Transgender People.

Moderator: Hon. Lynn Kotler

Panelists: M. Dru Levasseur, Esq.; Demoya R. Gordon; RJ Thompson

To register, please click here:


The Office of the New York State Attorney General: Career Opportunities within The Office of the New York State Attorney General (OAG)
Wednesday, March 9; 6:00pm-8:00pm
New York Law School; 185 West Broadway, New York, NY

The Office of the New York State Attorney General in conjunction with the Metropolitan Black Bar Association will host an exciting panel discussion starting at 6 PM on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at New York Law School. The panel will feature executives, managers and attorneys from the various legal divisions who will discuss the OAG attorney experience, overview the work of the office and available career opportunities. A networking reception will immediately follow. Assistant Attorneys General at all levels in the OAG will be present to meet attendees and answer questions about the office. Attendees are asked to RSVP for this event by Tuesday, March 8th.

Sponsors: The Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Nigerian Lawyers Association, Asian American Bar Association of New York, Caribbean Attorneys Network, South Asian Bar Association of New York, Puerto Rican Bar Association, Association of Black Women Attorneys, and Arab American Bar Association

Please contact the Legal Recruitment Bureau with questions at or 212-416-8080.

For more information and registration, please click here:


Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) & NYU School of Law Women of Color Collective: Voting Rights in an Election Year for Communities of Color
Wednesday, March 9; 6:30pm-8:30pm
New York University School of Law; Vanderbilt Hall, Room 206, 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY

With alarming levels of anti-immigrant sentiment and pivotal racial and economic justice issues on the line, we are in the midst of a presidential campaign with much at stake for communities of color. Though we’ve made important strides to defend the voting rights of our communities, there is still much to be done.

Our panel will speak about the challenges and issues creating barriers to the minority vote leading up to the 2016 general election. Attendees will hear about the work being done on the ground to break down those barriers, as well as the opportunity to learn about ways to practically engage in the work to protect and promote voting rights.

Panelists: Jerry Vattamala, Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund; Natasha Korgaonkar, NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund; Joanna Cuevas-Ingram, Latino Justice

For more information, please click here:


Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA): Judge Michael Garcia Celebration
Thursday, March 10; 6:00pm-8:00pm
Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration; 135 West 50th Street, 22nd Floor, New York, NY

Join us in celebrating the confirmation of Hon. Michael J. Garcia to the remaining vacancy on the New York Court of Appeals.

For more information and registration, please click here:


Metro Latino/a Law Student Association (MetroLALSA): Pa'lante VI Conference: Alzando Nuestra Voz
Saturday, March 12; 8:30am-5:00pm
Fordham University School of Law, 150 W 62nd St, New York, NY

On Saturday, March 12, 2016, MetroLALSA will host its sixth annual conference, called Pa'lante VI: Alzando Nuestra Voz, at Fordham University School of Law. The conference provides you an opportunity to network with leading legal professionals in the field and participate in some interesting topics from leading professionals in the legal field. The panel sessions will discuss contemporary and complex issues, such as the voting rights based on the holding of the recent Evenwel decision and an in-depth discussion about the Puerto Rico debt crisis -- how it started and the underlying affects U.S. citizens.

Legal practitioners can earn up to 4.5 CLE credits. Notable speakers will be present at the conference, including our keynote speaker: Elizabeth de Leon Bhargava. For more information, please contact Lorena Jiron at

To register, please click here:


Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA): Power Lunch
Saturday, March 12
Madison Square Tavern; 150 W 30th St, New York, NY

Join the women of ABWA at Madison Square Tavern for a three-hour bottomless brunch with the first African-American woman President of the American Bar Association, Paulette Brown, on Saturday, Mar. 12. This is an exclusive opportunity that you won't want to miss!

ABWA will honor all previously purchased tickets for this event. A limited number of additional tickets will be made available for purchase. Please stay tuned for that announcement!


Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) & Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York (FALANY): CLE: 2015 FRCP Amendments: Everything You Need To Know
Monday, March 14; 6:30pm-8:00pm
Bryan Cave LLP; 1290 Avenue of the Americas, Floor 33, New York, NY

Anna Mercado Clark (Phillips Lytle LLP) and Rodrigo Tordecilla (Bryan Cave) will discuss some of the most impactful amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that recently took effect on Dec. 1, 2015. Patricia Astorga will moderate the panel.

This CLE is FREE for paid FALA New York Members*, AABANY Members, and those who do not need a CLE certificate. For all others, the CLE will be $20**.

Please RSVP to Rodrigo Tordecilla at, and include in your email whether you are a paid member of either AABANY or FALA New York, or if you are attending for CLE credit.

For more information and registration, please click here:


Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA): Love, Locs & Liberation
Tuesday, March 15; 6:00pm
The Public Theater; 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY

Next month Joe's Pub at The Public Theater is hosting a production of Love, Locs & Liberation by Ella Turenne, a Los Angeles-based artist, activist and educator who has been described as a “one-woman army of culture.”

Love, Locs & Liberation is presented in association with the Downtown Urban Arts Festival. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.

For more information and to buy tickets, click here:


The Policy Committee of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee,
Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department: Common Disciplinary Problems and How to Prevent Them

Wednesday, March 16; 5:30pm-8:15pm
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; 4 Times Square, 37th Floor, New York, NY

This very special, complimentary CLE program will provide examples and information about conduct by attorneys that has often been the subject of disciplinary proceedings. The seminar features a highly knowledgeable and experienced faculty and a fast-paced, interactive program format. The program is designed for both newly admitted attorneys seeking an overview of common disciplinary problems and experienced attorneys seeking to refine and update their knowledge as well as to avoid disciplinary complaints. 2.5 NY Ethics credits will be provided.

Hugh W. Campbell, Rodman and Campbell, P.C.
Vincent T. Chang, Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP
Catherine A. Christian, New York County District Attorney’s Office
Ernest J. Collazo, Chair, Departmental Disciplinary Committee
Kevin P. Culley, Staff Counsel, Departmental Disciplinary Committee
Jorge Dopico, Chief Counsel, Departmental Disciplinary Committee
Jeremy S. Garber, Special Trial Counsel, Departmental Disciplinary Committee
Naomi F. Goldstein, Deputy Chief Counsel, Departmental Disciplinary Committee
Sarah Jo Hamilton, Scalise Hamilton & Sheridan LLP
Myron Kirschbaum, Kaye Scholer LLP
Richard M. Maltz, Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz, PC
Norma I. Melendez, Staff Counsel, Departmental Disciplinary Committee
Michael S. Ross, Law Offices of Michael S. Ross
Lawrence S. Spiegel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Lewis F. Tesser, Tesser, Ryan, & Rochman, LLP
Kaylin L. Whittingham, Whittingham Law

For more information, please click here:


Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA) & Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA): Reaching Your Goals - Wealth Management Strategies for Women
Wednesday, March 16; 6:30pm-8:30pm
Goodwin Procter LLP; 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY

Your financial life should reflect what matters most to you. And once we understand your priorities, we can help you make choices you can feel confident about. Join us to learn more about how you can better build and preserve your wealth today.

Speakers: Racquel Oden, Managing Director, Head of Advisor Strategy Merrill Lynch Wealth Management; Darric Boyd, CFP®, AAMS®, Senior Vice President – Wealth Management Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Register here:


Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY): Being Out and Asian Pacific Islander at Work
Thursday, March 17; 7:00pm-9:00pm
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP; 800 Third Avenue, 13th Floor, New York, NY

Join the AABANY LGBT Committee for a group discussion of LGBT Asian/South Asian attorneys on “Being Out and API at Work” in the legal community. Attendees can share their experiences and challenges with others at law firms, in-house corporate counsel, public interest organizations, and government practices.

For more information and registration, please click here:


Hispanic National Bar Association: Corporate Counsel Conference & Uvaldo Herrera Moot Court Competition
Wednesday, March 16-Saturday, March 19
Caesar's Palace Hotel & Casino; 3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV

The theme of this year's conference is "Embracing Technology." This signature event provides a unique setting for Corporate America and the HNBA to connect, offering opportunities for outside counsel to meet representatives from numerous Fortune 500 Companies.This year’s conference will give hundreds of attorneys, judges, and law students a valuable and enjoyable three-day program featuring Continuing Legal Education (CLE) panels on cutting edge topics led by experts from across the country, a variety of workshops, and one-of-a-kind networking opportunities.

For details, please click here:

Register here:


Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY): CLE: E-Discovery Ethics Issues Confronting Experienced Practitioners
Thursday, March 17; 7:00pm-9:00pm
BakerHostetler; Rockefeller Center, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY

Join the AABANY for a timely CLE regarding ethical implications and issues of e-discovery.

Moderator: Tristan Loanzon, Board Member, AABANY

Panelists: Judge James C. Francis, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court; Karin Jenson, Partner, BakerHostetler

For more information and registration, please click here:


Latino College Expo
Saturday, March 19; 8:00am-3:00pm
New York University Kimmel Center; 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

The Latino College Expo fosters the educational goals of New York City high school students of Latino heritage by providing an array of specialized programs sensitive to the needs of the Latino community. These programs are designed to assist students and parents identify and access educational resources. Each year the Latino College Expo honors the accomplishments of individuals and organizations who promote education within the Latino community through an awards ceremony that takes place at the College Fair.

To register, please click here:


Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA) & Metropolitan Black Bar Association: Suits & Separates Clothing Drive
Saturday, March 19; 11:00am-1:00pm
The 5 and Diamond Harlem; 2072 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY

In honor of Women's History Month, MBBA's Labor & Employment Law Committee and ABWA's Community Service Committee present a "Suits & Separates" Brunch Clothing Drive. We are partnering with Dress for Success ("DFS") an international not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the economic independence of women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Please join us from 11 a.m. (sharp) to 1 p.m. for a brunch clothing drive at The 5 and Diamond Harlem Restaurant to support and celebrate women through donating and to learn more about the phenomenal work DFS is doing to empower women and the various volunteer opportunities. A link to RSVP is forthcoming.


Mayor's Office of Appointments: Leveraging Resources for Common Good
Tuesday, March 22; 5:00pm-8:30pm
TAJ Lounge; 48 West 21st Street, New York, NY

Join the Mayor's Office of Appointments for a networking event and professional development opportunity at TAJ Lounge.

2 for 1 Drink Tickets are $10 for Members of Sponsoring Associations and $15 for non members.

Co-Sponsors: Black Ivy Alumni League; Stanford Black Alumni Association; Black MBA Association; Columbia University Black Alumni Council; Dominican Bar Association; Puerto Rican Bar Association; Metropolitan Black Bar Association; National Society of Black Engineers; New York Black Journalists Association

For more information and registration, please click here:


Bronx County Bar Association (BCBA): Rethinking Harm In Personal Injury & Negligence Cases
Wednesday, March 23; 12:00pm-2:00pm
Bronx Supreme Court; 851 Grand Concourse, Room 600, Bronx, NY
Program Fee: $10 Bronx Bar members | $15 non members

Earn 1 professional practice CLE Credit by learning how to use psychosocial evaluations to uncover harm in personal injury and negligence cases.

Speaker: Mark S. Silver

For more information and registration, please click here:


Brooklyn Women's Bar Association (BWBA) & The Brooklyn Brandeis Society: It Can Happen to Anyone: The Evolution of the Laws Regarding Domestic Violence
Wednesday, March 23; 6:00pm-9:00pm
Tenement Museum; 103 Orchard Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $50

Honor Women's History Month with BWBA and the Brooklyn Brandeis Society by joining museum tour and presentation focused on the courageous stories of 19th and 20th-century immigrant women on the Lower East Side.

Speaker: Hon. John Leventhal, Associate Justice Appellate Division, Second Department and author of My Partner, My Enemy: An Unflinching View of Domestic Violence and New Ways to Protect Victims

For more information and registration, please click here:


LGBT Bar Association of Greater NY (LeGaL): 2016 Annual Dinner and Community Vision Awards
Thursday, March 24; 6:00pm-10:30pm
Capitale; 130 Bowery, New York, NY

This year, we are honoring Kevin Cathcart, the longtime executive director of Lambda Legal considered by many to be the "dean" of LGBT leaders, and EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, who has led the Commission since her confirmation in 2010 to hold that workplace discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation is necessarily sex discrimination covered under Title VII. We will also remember the late New York State Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye with a special tribute focused on her LGBT legacy, offered by her former law clerk Robbie Kaplan, the famous lawyer who represented Edie Windsor and took down DOMA.

Tickets and sponsorship information are available at


New York LGBT & Allied Business Network (NGLCCNY): Members Monthly Mixer
Thursday, March 24; 6:00pm-9:30pm
New York Botanical Garden; 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY
Program Fee: Free for NGLCCNY members | $20 non members

This high-energy event brings Chamber members and guests together for quality networking and community building. Each M3 includes our Pinning Ceremony, during which we induct our newest members and our NonProfit Spotlight, where we highlight a different nonprofit organization member that is doing amazing work in our community. Don't miss this opportunity to forge connections with members, corporate partners and non-profit leaders.

March Nonprofit Spotlight: The Trevor Project

For more information, please click here:


Defense Association of New York (DANY): Diversity Initiative Program - Career Empowerment for Diverse Attorneys: Leadership, Mentorship and Rainmaking
Tuesday, March 29; 6:00pm-8:40pm
New York State Insurance Fund, 199 Church Street, New York, NY
Program Fee: $600

Leadership Development and Branding: In the first part of this multi-session series, participants will improve personal leadership skills and performance through greater self-awareness and enhanced understanding of others. Participants will gain greater awareness of the importance of one’s communication style. The need to develop a unique brand and strong service ethic will be stressed.

Faculty: Ann Jenrette-Thomas, Author, The Happy Law Practice; Paula T. Edgar, Principal, PGE LLC; Marianne Trost, Development Trainer & Coach

For more information, please click here:


Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA): Flor de Maga Women's History Month Event
Tuesday, March 29; 6:00pm-8:30pm
Dechert LLP; 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

Celebrate Women's History Month with the Puerto Rican Bar Association and Dechert LLP!

For more information and registration, please click here:


Scholarships & Fellowships

South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY): Public Interest Fellowship
Deadline: Friday, March 18

SABANY annually awards fellowships to outstanding law students who have demonstrated a commitment to public service so that they may spend their summer working unpaid in the public interest sector. Fellowships are awarded to either law students of South Asian descent working in an unpaid legal internship or those spending at least ten weeks of the summer in an unpaid legal internship focusing on the needs of the South Asian community.

SABANY plans to give at least three grants (in amounts ranging from
$2,000 to $4,000) to law students who will be working in unpaid public-interest jobs in the New York City area during the summer of 2016. If you have any questions about the application process or the Fellowship, please contact Uday Luthra at

Please find the application here:


DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar - 2016 Law Student Diversity Scholarship
Deadline: Wednesday, March 30

DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program, open to rising (2016-17) second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, LGBT and Multi-Racial students. All rising second- and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA-accredited law schools to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle. Please visit to download the application.


BARBRI Law Preview: One Lawyer Can Change the World
Deadline: Friday, April 15

How will you make your impact as a lawyer? It’s time to tell the world.

BARBRI Law Preview recognizes that getting a legal education can be an expensive journey. For this reason, we are proud to offer one hard-working law student a $10,000 scholarship to help pay for the first year of law school. Your chance at the scholarship starts by completing this simple online application.

Complete your scholarship application today: submit a 250-word essay online by April 15 in response to: how you hope to use your law degree to change our world and how would $10,000 towards your 1L tuition change your world?

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