Support Proposed CLE Rule on Diversity, Inclusion and the Elimination of Bias New York!

Support Proposed CLE Rule on Diversity, Inclusion and the Elimination of Bias

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The Office of Court Administration (OCA) has put out for public comment a proposal that would create a one-credit CLE requirement for experienced attorneys in the area of “diversity, inclusion and the elimination of bias.” This proposal represents a significant step toward increasing the legal profession’s awareness of issues of bias and inclusion. Voice your support by responding to OCA’s request for comments. The deadline for comments is February 15.

Key aspects of this proposal:

  • In February 2016, the ABA unanimously passed a resolution urging states to require CLE credit(s) in diversity, inclusion and the elimination of bias and we are happy to follow the ABA’s lead. D&I CLE training is another tool that can advance diversity in the profession. Passage of this rule will also help lawyers to better understand and enhance their interactions with clients, court and other public officials, opposing counsel, jurors and colleagues, all of whom are becoming more diverse based on changing demographics in New York.
  • CLE is an appropriate way to do this – it is how lawyers train themselves to better represent their clients and it also sends an important message to all those we interact with as lawyers.
  • This will not increase the 24 CLE credit hours required every two years for experienced attorneys; it would require one D&I credit that “floats” and can count toward any of the other required credit hours.
  • It is expected that the definition of “diversity, inclusion and elimination of bias” will be sufficiently broad so as to qualify towards many different types of courses.

What You Can Do

Join us in supporting this important initiative. To lend your support to a diversity and inclusion CLE requirement in New York, contact OCA at the information provided below:

Proposed CLE Requirement on Diversity, Inclusion and the Elimination of Bias 
Description of proposal

Email your submissions to or write to:

John W. McConnell, Esq.
Office of Court Administration
25 Beaver Street, 11th Fl.
New York, New York 10004

Comments must be received no later than February 15, 2017

Comments need not be extensive, they should:

  • identify the attorney and/or organization submitting comments;
  • include key reasons why you support OCA’s proposal for a CLE requirement on diversity, inclusion and the elimination of bias; and
  • if possible, include specific diversity and inclusion programs that you and/or your organization have hosted, supported, or attended.

We encourage you to share your support letter on social media platforms using the hashtag #NYdiversityCLE and feel free to email us a copy.

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For more information, please contact:

Gabrielle Brown
Office for Diversity and Inclusion,

Maria Cilenti
Policy Department,

Elizabeth Kocienda
Policy Department,