New York State Bar Association’s Sixth Annual Constance Baker Motley Symposium: Diversity at the Downturn

November 14, 2009 by  
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On January 25, 2010, from 2 pm to 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel in New York City, the New York State Bar Association will present its Sixth Annual Constance Baker Motley Symposium: Diversity at the Downturn.  The Symposium, which is being sponsored by the NYSBA Committee on Minorities in the Profession, will address the shifting fortunes of lawyers of color in the legal profession during this economic recession.   

Diversity at the Downturn will explore the impact that the recession has had on lawyers of color in a variety of practice settings: law firm, law departments, public interest, and the judiciary.  Is there any evidence that diverse attorneys have been more deeply affected by the economic downturn than others?   What are the changes for diversity coordinators and where are the cuts in the private sector?  How are recent law graduates of color faring as they seek their first jobs?  What can and should the profession do to affirmatively further the full and equal participation of minorities in all aspects of the practice of law, in good times and bad? 


Paula Edgar, Executive Director, Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc. (PALS)


Honorable Rolando Acosta, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department

Maja Hazell, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

John Higgins, Counsel, Nixon Peabody

Katherine Frink-Hamlett, Esq., President, Frink-Hamlett Legal Solutions, Inc.

Robert Grey, Interim Executive Director of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Assad Siddiqi, Vice President, Muslim Bar Association of New York 


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