The Legal Pipeline
When the New York City Bar Association issued its Statement of Diversity Principles in 2004 to help create a more inclusive legal profession, the idea was not about quotas or standards but rather, as more and more people understand these days, about doing business better. “With greater diversity, we can be more creative, effective and just, bringing more varied perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, talents and interests to the practice of law and the administration of justice,” reads the Statement that has been signed by over 120 law firms and corporations.
The Statement also includes another key passage: “We recognize that achieving diversity is an evolutionary process that requires a continued renewal of our commitment to strategies of inclusion.” Transforming the workplace takes time, as the City Bar’s latest Diversity Benchmarking Report attests. While there were some improvements over the previous report, there were also some steps back. The rate of change can seem frustratingly slow. That's why the City Bar has developed a program that, in addition to its ongoing work with legal employers, takes a longer-term perspective. Our ever-growing Diversity Pipeline Initiatives program is designed to prepare inner-city students with the information and skills needed to pursue a legal career.
|This Week at the City Bar
MONDAY, JANUARY 14
6:30 PM – 8 PM, Event
The Fortieth Anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s Landmark Decision, Roe V. Wade
TUESDAY, JANUARY 15
9 AM – 12 PM, CLE
Say On Pay: Planning & Tactics for 2013
6 PM – 9 PM, CLE
Hot Topics Affecting Estate Litigators: To Infinity & Beyond
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16
6 PM – 7:30 PM, Event
Third Annual Town Hall Meeting: What Will Be the Hot Tax Issues in 2013?
6 PM – 9 PM, CLE
Litigation 101: Practices & Latest Procedures Explained & Demystified
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM, Event
Career Opportunities in Criminal Law
8:30 AM – 10:15 AM, Event/CLE
Writing Online About the Law – 2013 Professional Development Workshop Series
12:30 PM – 2 PM, Event
Don't Let the Internet Eat Your Lunch – Small Law Firm Luncheon
6 PM – 8 PM, CLE
When Do I Need Ethical Advice & Where Do I Get It?
7 PM – 9 PM, Event
A Short Course in Happiness for Lawyers – Contemplative Lawyers Group
Around the Bar
Feeding the Pipeline
Paula T. Edgar, Chair of the City Bar’s Diversity Pipeline Initiatives Committee, moderated the “What To Expect and How to Succeed” panel at last week’s LSAT/Law School Prep Series. Approximately 130 undergraduates and recent graduates from more than 70 colleges and universities nationwide participated in the three-day series, which provided sample LSAT classes and panels on topics including selecting, applying to and financing law school. Sheila Boston, partner at Kaye Scholer LLP and Chair of the City Bar’s Enhance Diversity in the Profession Committee, delivered a keynote lecture.
Nominees for City Bar Officers and Executive and Audit Committees
The following candidates have been nominated for the City Bar’s various offices and committees. Those elected will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the City Bar on May 21, 2013. Pursuant to By-law XXIII, other nominations must be posed no later than February 28, 2013.
Carey R. Dunne
Mark C. Morril
Lynn K. Neuner
Debra L. Raskin
Ona T. Wang
Allan L. Gropper
Class of 2017
Zachary W. Carter
Jed S. Rakoff
Kathy B. Robb
David M. Brodsky
Daniel F. Kolb
Elizabeth S. Stong
Recent Committee Activity
In a joint letter to the New York City Council, the Committees on Criminal Courts, Civil Rights, Corrections and Community Reentry, Domestic Violence, and Immigration and Nationality Law expressed support for the Council’s efforts to strengthen current limitations on the City’s collaboration with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) with respect to the holding of immigrant New Yorkers subject to ICE detainers. Though the letter acknowledges that much has been done by the City to address the problems caused by ICE detainers, more needs to be done through City Council legislation to reduce the harm these detainers inflict on the City and its immigrant community while not posing legal impediments to ICE’s power to place any individual in removal proceedings. ICE detainers, the letter notes, still undermine basic principles of fairness and due process, erode community trust and raise concerns of racial profiling, interfere with the criminal justice system, endanger New York’s immigrant community, and cost the City millions of unreimbursed dollars every year, as individuals are held in city jails for an average of 73 days longer when detainers are issued.
Securities and Finance Law Volunteer Attorneys Needed
The Office for Diversity Pipeline Initiatives is seeking attorneys with securities and finance law experience to participate as Advisor–Volunteers during the new Securities and Finance Law Seminar Series. Advisor–Volunteers will meet after each seminar with diverse law students from local law schools who are interested in learning more about a career in securities or finance law. We ask the volunteers to talk about their practice and their career path leading to their current position at a law firm, in-house, with the government or elsewhere. Attorneys can volunteer on one or more of the following dates: 1/25, 2/1, 3/8, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5. For more information about the series, please visit the Series FAQ or the Program Website. Interested attorneys should email Gabrielle Brown here.
City Bar in the News
New York Law Journal, January 10, 2013
Bar Applauds Cuomo’s Support for Criminal Justice Initiatives
“Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday endorsed a longstanding proposal to require videotaping of interrogations of criminal suspects, marking the first time that the oft-shelved initiative backed strongly by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman has garnered executive support…City Bar President Carey Dunne said his group has also long advocated for moves that would reduce wrongful convictions, including the videotaping of interrogations and a double-blind identification process.”
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