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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 excellence in innovation and execution on diversity and inclusion initiatives. 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. 




Diversity and Inclusion CLE and Celebration Dinner
The City Bar hosted its innaugural Diversity and Inclusion CLE on Monday, June 8th. The all-day CLE included presentations by Ritu Bhasin and Kenji Yoshino on retention and implicit bias, as well as panels on diversity in the judiciary and the pipeline to the profession. Verna Myers delivered the luncheon keynote. The program culminated with a General Counsels Forum moderated by Joseph K. West of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, where panelists discussed law firm accountability and diversity best practices.

On Thursday, June 11th, the City Bar honored the 2015 Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award Winners at its annual Celebration Dinner. The 2015 Champion Award Recipients were Kathy Hirata Chin of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP,  Hon. Fern Fisher of the Unified Court System, Taa Grays of MetLife, Inc., and Darryl Gibbs of AXA Equitable, Inc. Anna Brown of Shearman & Sterling LLP was recognized with the City Bar's Trailblazer Award. 

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