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Diversity and Inclusion

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion was created in 2004 to work with New York City legal employers to foster more diverse and inclusive work environments. More than 130 law firms and corporations have signed on to the Association's Statement of Diversity Principles which represents a strong commitment to establish and attain diversity goals. The Statement defines diversity as an inclusive concept, encompassing race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, nationality, age, and marital and parental status. The Office for Diversity and Inclusion regularly tracks the progress of signatory law firms and law departments on key diversity representation metrics. The Office and the Committees within the Diversity and Inclusion group host a number of programs to support diverse attorneys. To get involved, contact Gabrielle Lyse Brown, Director of Diversity and Inclusion. 


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

June 2014 Newsletter:

May 2014 Newsletter:

April 2014 Newsletter:

March 2014 Newsletter:


Upcoming Committee Programs

Various Dates
Committee on Diversity Pipeline Initiatives 
2014 Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program
Volunteer Attorneys Needed:

July 15, 6pm
Committee on Women in the Legal Profession
What It's Really Like to Practice Law as a Woman
No fee. Register:


Join the Office for Diversity and Inclusion Group on LinkedIn

Contact the Office for Diversity and Inclusion