Debra L. Raskin Nominated to be New York City Bar Association President – Nominees for Leadership Positions Announced

Debra L. Raskin has been nominated as President of the New York City Bar Association. If elected, Raskin will succeed Carey R. Dunne as the 66th president in the Association’s 143-year history. The election will take place at the City Bar’s annual meeting on May 20, 2014. The City Bar also announced its Nominating Committee’s slate of officers and members of its Executive and Audit Committees.

Raskin has been a partner at Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C., which specializes in representing employees in labor and employment law matters, since 1988, having joined the firm two years earlier. From 1984 to 1986, she served as an Assistant Attorney General of the State of New York in the Civil Rights Bureau. After receiving her law degree from Yale in 1977, she worked at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago until 1981, and clerked for Hon. Lee P. Gagliardi of the United States District Court, SDNY, from 1982 to 1984.

At the City Bar, Raskin is currently a Vice President, having previously served a full term on the Executive Committee, including a year as its Chair. She also has chaired the City Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Committee. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has taught at Columbia and Fordham Law Schools and has lectured and written on employment law matters for groups including the American Bar Association, the American Law Institute and the New York State Bar Association.

“Over the years that I have been fortunate to work with the City Bar, I have been continually amazed by the breadth and importance of the activities of its members, its staff, and its leadership,” said Raskin. “From commenting on legal issues of critical social importance to serving the public in times of great need to supporting lawyers in furthering the highest values of our profession, the City Bar has made remarkable contributions. I am deeply honored by this nomination and thrilled at the possibility of serving in this new role for this amazing organization.”

David M. Brodsky, of  Brodsky ADR LLC; Carrie H. Cohen, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, SDNY; and Nancy M. Louden, of the Estée Lauder Companies Inc. were nominated to serve as the City Bar’s three Vice Presidents.

Ona T. Wang, of Baker & Hostetler LLP, was nominated to continue to serve as Secretary, and Hon. Allan L. Gropper, of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court (SDNY), was nominated to continue to serve as Treasurer.

The nominees for the Executive Committee Class of 2018 are Dean Matthew Diller, of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; R. Nadine Fontaine, of Epiq Systems, Inc. ; Carmelyn P. Malalis, of Outten & Golden LLP; and John F. Savarese, of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. In addition, Brad S. Karp, of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, who was recently appointed to fill a vacancy on the Executive Committee, has been nominated to complete that term, to 2016.

The nominees for the Audit Committee are Robert Buckholz, of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Richard Cashman, of Herrick Feinstein LLP; Daniel Kolb, of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; Hon. Elizabeth S. Stong, of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court (EDNY); and Mark Stone, of Holland & Knight LLP.

The candidates were nominated by the City Bar’s Nominating Committee: Patricia M. Hynes – Chair, of Allen & Overy LLP; Robert J. Anello, of Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC; Hon. Barbara S. Jones, of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP; Mei Lin Kwan-Gett, of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP; Myrna Perez, of the Brennan Center for Justice; Hon. Rosalyn Heather Richter, of the NYS Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Dept.; and Hon. Stephen C. Robinson, of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates.