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Diversity and Inclusion


The Office for Diversity and Inclusion works with New York City legal employers to foster more diverse and inclusive work environments while supporting and regularly tracking the progress of more than 130 signatory law firms and law departments on key diversity representation metrics. The Office and the NYC Bar Committees within the Diversity and Inclusion group host a number of programs to support diverse attorneys and students. The Office also provides a comprehensive pipeline initiative which supports high school, college and law students to develop necessary professional skills and gain exposure to the legal profession through programs that provide participants with academic support and preparation for law school, career exploration opportunities and exposure to the profession, professional and substantive skill development, and networking/mentoring opportunities.

To get involved, contact Gabrielle Lyse Brown, Director of Diversity and Inclusion. 

Upcoming Events

Diversity Professionals Working Group

We are pleased to announce the formation of our Diversity Professionals Working Group, which will meet regularly to provide an opportunity for diversity professions to share best practices, foster collaboration, and ensure that the City Bar provides the support and training that is most beneficial to all of you. Our November session (date TBD) will cover the topics of talent management and executive coaching. 

Registration is open to diversity professionals at signatory law firms and companies. Registration will open for the next session in October. 


2013 Diversity Benchmarking Report
The 2013 Diversity Benchmarking Report, released on Wednesday, June 18th, highlighted the successes and challenges of a decade of tracking data on diversity and inclusion efforts of signatory law firms.

Press Release:
2013 Benchmarking Report:

2014 Diversity and Inclusion Champion Celebration Dinner
On Wednesday, June 18th, the New York City Bar Association celebrated 30 years of diversity and inclusion efforts and honored its 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Champions. New York City Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter provided the keynote address, and the City Bar premiered a video that showcases the rich history of efforts. The Dinner was generously sponsored by Signatory law firms and companies to the Statement of Diversity Principles.

View the full album of the Cocktail Reception and Dinner at the following link:
To view the "Celebrating 30 Years of Diversity", please visit:

To view the Champion Award speeches, please visit:

The 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Champion Awards were presented to:

Michelle J. Anderson
Dean, CUNY School of Law

Joseph M. Drayton
Partner, Cooley LLP

Thomas E. Heftler
(Awarded Posthumously)

Natalia Martín & Karla G. Sanchez
Co-founders, "Cafecitos Network"

Michael W. Oshima
(Awarded Posthumously)

2014 Diversity and Inclusion Pipeline Champion Award
Morgan Stanley Legal and Compliance Division


For more information about the award and the winners, please visit:





Office for Diversity and Inclusion Newsletters

December 2014 Newsletter:

November 2014 Newsletter:

October 2014 Newsletter:

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June 2014 Newsletter:

May 2014 Newsletter:

April 2014 Newsletter:

March 2014 Newsletter:




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