City Bar Announces Sixth Annual Diversity Champion Award Winners

The New York City Bar Association will present the Sixth Annual Diversity Champion Awards at a ceremony and luncheon on May 24, 2011. The award recognizes the critical role individual attorneys have played in initiating and sustaining change within their organizations and the overall New York legal community. The award recipients embody the New York City Bar’s Statement of Diversity Principles, which defines diversity as an inclusive concept, encompassing race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, nationality, age, disability and marital and parental status. The 2011 Diversity Champion Award winners are: Sheila S. Boston A partner in the Litigation Department and member of the Product Liability Group at Kaye Scholer LLP, Sheila S. Boston serves as Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee and as a member of the Recruiting Committee. She is a former member of the Pro Bono Committee of the New York State Bar Association and served as the Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers, which administers the City Bar Diversity Fellowship Program. She is currently the Secretary of the New York City Bar Association. Vincent T. Chang Vincent Chang is a Partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group of Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP’s New York office, and is a past President of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY). He serves on the Executive Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) and on the Boards of Directors of Legal Services NYC, NYCLA, the Network of Bar Leaders, the NYCLA Foundation, and the Asian American Law Fund of New York.  S. Jeanine Conley A partner in the Litigation Group at Baker & Hostetler LLP, S. Jeanine Conley maintains an active pro bono practice involving immigration, criminal and landlord/tenant issues. She is President of the Association of Black Women Attorneys; the New York City Bar delegate to the New York State Bar House of Delegates; a member of Legal Momentum’s Board of Advisors; and a member of the Committee on Minorities in the Profession of the New York City Bar, which she will chair next year. She was part of the inaugural class of the Council of Urban professional’s fellows program from 2008-2009, was recognized during Long Island University’s black history month program for excellence in the legal field, and currently participates in the Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program (PALS). Andrew T. Hahn, Sr. Andrew Han is a partner in the Trial Group of Duane Morris LLP’s New York Office, and was the President of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) in 2008. As President of NAPABA, he has briefed on numerous occasions White House Counsel, U.S. Senators and the U.S. Attorney General on issues regarding appointments of APA attorneys.  He also served a one-year term in 2004 as the President of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY). He is also active as a Board member with the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York, which bestowed upon him the honor of a Trailblazer’s Award in February 2008.  Tickets to the Sixth Annual Diversity Champion Award Luncheon may be purchased on the City Bar’s online event calendar.