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Farewell and Best Wishes to City Bar’s Diversity Leader Deborah Martin-Owens

Deborah Martin Owens at the podium

Deborah Martin Owens, Executive Director of the City Bar’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion, has announced that she will be leaving the City Bar effective December 23, 2020.

Deborah has greatly increased the City Bar’s pipeline work, including producing a recent report: — “The Diversity Gap: Black and Latinx Representation Disparities in the Legal Pipeline​” — to determine the effectiveness of pipeline programs for Black and Latinx students who seek to enter the legal profession.

Under Deborah’s dynamic leadership, the Thurgood Marshall Summer Internship program persevered under very difficult circumstances, placing 27 students in paid summer internships with legal employers and hosting more than 800 diverse high school students and legal professionals at professional d​e​velopment workshops this year. ​Deborah grew the award-winning Associate Leadership Institute by 64 associates to 93 associates. This program assists mid-year associates preparing to ascend to law firm partnership. There are plans underway to expand the program in spring 2021. 

Deborah joined the City Bar from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, where she focused on a broad range of complex commercial litigation. She is the Chair of the Board for Women Creating Change, previously served on the Board of Friends of Island Academy and held positions of leadership in the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the National Bar Association.

The City Bar thanks Deborah for all she has done to advance the City Bar’s diversity work, and wishes her well in her next endeavor.