City Bar’s Inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Forum to Feature Leading Judges, General Counsels, Professors and Experts

The New York City Bar Association will host its inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Forum on Monday, June 8th. The all-day event will feature two dozen leaders in the legal profession, including five judges, General Counsels of six companies, and diversity and inclusion experts and scholars. The program will include workshops on implicit bias, retention and sponsorship, diversity in the judiciary, and the pipeline to the profession. Ritu Bhasin and Professor Kenji Yoshino will present on cultural competence, retention and implicit bias, and Verna Myers will provide the luncheon keynote. CLE credit is available. The annual General Counsels Forum will be moderated by Joseph K. West, President and CEO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Inc. (MCCA) and panelists include Ricardo Anzaldua of  MetLife, Inc.; Susan L. Blount of Prudential Financial, Inc.; Michele Coleman Mayes of the New York Public Library; Don H. Liu of Xerox; Gwen Marcus of Showtime; and Mark Roellig of MassMutual. The panel on diversity in the judiciary will feature federal and state judges including Hon. Sheila Abdus-Salaam of the New York Court of Appeals; Hon. Pamela K. Chen of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; Hon. Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; and Hon. Analisa Torres, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Hon. Rosalyn H. Richter of the Appellate Division, First Department will moderate. Arun Alagappan of Advantage Testing Foundation; Elaine M. Chiu of St. John’s University School of Law; Kent D. Lollis of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and James O’Neal of Legal Outreach will discuss successes and challenges in the effort to increase the pool of diverse talent in the profession. James G. Leipold, Executive Director of the National Association for Law Placement, Inc. (NALP) and Bret Parker, Executive Director of the New York City Bar Association, will provide an update on the recent data regarding diversity in the profession to kick off the day’s events. For more information, click here.