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Stephen C. Robinson to Chair New York City Bar Association’s Diversity Committee


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Stephen C. Robinson to Chair the New York City Bar Association’s Diversity Committee

New York, February 2, 2011 – Stephen Robinson, a partner in the Litigation and Government Enforcement & White Collar Crime practices at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates, has been named Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee to Enhance Diversity in the Profession. The Committee was established in 1990, with Cyrus R. Vance as its first Chair.

Prior to joining Skadden in 2010, Robinson served as a federal judge in the Southern District of New York, after being nominated by President George W. Bush in 2003. Before that, Robinson was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, serving for three years after being nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1998. From 1993 to 1995, Robinson was principal deputy general counsel and special assistant to the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he participated in the Oklahoma City bombing investigation. From 1987 to 1991, Robinson was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. Robinson began his career in the private sector, serving as associate general counsel and managing director at Kroll Associates and Chief Compliance Officer at Aetna U.S. Healthcare.

“We are fortunate indeed to have Judge Robinson’s leadership on diversity,” said New York City Bar President Samuel W. Seymour. “His stellar experience and accomplishments run the gamut of the legal profession, from private practice to public service, and he is full of ideas on how to take our diversity efforts to the next level.”

“I am honored to chair this committee and take up this challenge at the New York City Bar Association,” said Robinson. “Especially in uncertain economic times, we must redouble our efforts to maintain the advances we’ve made and to ensure that the legal profession reflects our society in the future.”

In 1991, the Association adopted its first Statement of Goals of New York Law Firms and Corporate Legal Departments for Increasing Minority Representation and Retention. The Association’s 2003 Statement of Diversity Principles, with over 100 law firm and corporate signatories, placed particular emphasis on retention and promotion and on measurement to help facilitate additional progress in diversity.

Today the Committee continues to encourage diversity in hiring, retention and promotion in New York law firms and corporate legal departments. In coordination with this and other committees, the Association produces programs and events, including the Diversity Champion Awards; working sessions; managing partner breakfasts, networking events and student pipeline efforts; and works to strengthen ties and collaborate with a wide community of diversity professionals, professional development directors, law students and recruitment professionals.

About the Association
The New York City Bar Association (, since its founding in 1870, has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law and providing service to the profession and the public.  The Association continues to work for political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged.  Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the Association’s highest priorities.