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Anne Robinson

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Anne Robinson

Anne E. Robinson, who joined Vanguard in 2016, serves as General Counsel and a Managing Director, leading the Office of the General Counsel, which includes Legal, Compliance, L&C Strategy & Operations, Government Relations, and Investment Stewardship. Prior to joining Vanguard, Ms. Robinson served as General Counsel for Global Cards at Citi. Ms. Robinson earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Hampton University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Letitia James

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Letitia James
On January 1, 2014, Letitia James was sworn in as the Public Advocate for the City of New York, the first woman of color to hold a citywide position in our city’s history. In her first months in office, she successfully pushed forth proposals to bring Universal School Lunch and police body-worn cameras to New York City. In fall 2014, the office re-launched the city’s Worst Landlords Watchlist, expanding the list and adding significant technological upgrades.

As a member of the New York City Council, James introduced the Safe Housing Act, which became City law in 2007. This ground-breaking bill ensured that thousands of families in rental buildings receive prompt and full repairs to their apartments. This bill represented a $50 million investment in housing code reform and is a major victory for all New Yorkers living in substandard buildings. She is considered an early whistleblower of the Office of Payroll Administration’s CityTime contract, a payroll system that she criticized as being overly costly and difficult to manage in numerous committee hearings. Poor management of the project led to hundreds of thousands of dollars stolen by corrupt consultants. In 2012, her legislation addressing oversight of high-cost service contracts with the City of New York was passed into law.

As Chair to the Council’s Sanitation Committee, in 2010 James pushed-through a revolutionary recycling package that included expanding plastic recycling, a new clothing and textile recycling program, and improved public space recycling. This legislative package represented the first significant expansion of the City’s residential recycling program since it was created in 1989.

James is a graduate of CUNY's Lehman College and Howard University Law School, and can be seen in the Atlantic Yards documentary, “Battle for Brooklyn”. She has worked with the New York State Legislature, and has served as a former public defender, New York State Assistant Attorney General, and New York City Council Member.

Hon. Fern A. Fisher

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Honorable Fern A. Fisher
Judge Fisher is the Special  Assistant for Social Justice Initiatives to the Dean of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law. Until July of 2017, she was Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for New York City Courts and also served as the Director of the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program.

Judge Fisher’s career started in the Civil Court as a Legal Services attorney practicing in Manhattan Housing Court. She served as Deputy Director of Harlem Legal Services, Inc. and as an Assistant Attorney General of the New York State Department of Law. For four years, she provided pro bono legal services to Harlem-based community organizations as a project director of the National Conference of Black Lawyers. In 1989, she was appointed Judge of the Housing Part of the Civil Court, and later, in 1990, was elected to the Civil Court where she served as Deputy Supervising Judge. Judge Fisher was elected in 1993 to the Supreme Court of the State of New York. After serving in both the City and the Matrimonial Parts of Supreme Court, in December 1996 she was appointed Administrative Judge of the Civil Court where she served until March 2009 when she was appointed to her current position.

Judge Fisher contributed the Views from the Bench in the Thomson-West practice guide, "Residential Landlord-Tenant Law in New York" for twenty one years. She served as the host of a series of television shows on housing issues for Crosswalk's, a public service cable show. She is a frequent lecturer at the New York State Judicial Institute and has taught at CUNY Law School. Judge Fisher is a founding member of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, a member and past Board member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the New York County Lawyers Association. Judge Fisher also served as the Chair of the Housing Court (Judges) Disciplinary Committee and Chair of the Anti-Bias Committee of the New York County Supreme Court. Judge Fisher served as an expert on courts of lower jurisdiction for the Yale Law School China Law Center during two workshops in China devoted to exploring improvements to the Chinese judicial system. In 2006, Harvard Law School awarded her the Gary Bellow Public Service Award. In 2008, she was appointed to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. She is the recipient of many other awards too numerous to list here.

Judge Fisher received her B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in 1975 from Howard University and received her J.D. in 1978 from Harvard Law School.

 

MBBA Women’s History Month Event – Black Women Lawyers: Lessons in Leadership

On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, the MBBA held our MBBA Women's History Month Event, titled "Black Woman Lawyers: Lessons in Leadership." This inaugural event was such a huge success that registration filled to capacity in a matter of days, with over 60 registrants added to our wait list! The program featured black women lawyer leaders who each spoke for 10 minutes in a “TED like” talk about the subject of leadership as a black woman.  
 
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Panelist: Michele Coleman Mayes
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
New York Public Library

Topic: "You Really Are in Charge"

Panelist: Patricia Gatling
Counsel
Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP

Topic: "Be Bold for Change"

Panelist: Taa Grays
Vice President & Associate General Counsel - Information Governance
MetLife

Topic: "A Key To Leadership: The Vision is the Thing"

Panelist: Erica Edwards-O'Neal
Vice President, Inclusion & Diversity
New York City Economic Development Corporation

Topic: "Convince Yourself that You Belong"

Panelist: LaTanya Langley
Vice President & General Counsel
BIC World Group Stationery, Latin America, Caribbean, Middle East, Africa & Anti Corruption Compliance Officer

Topic: "Dare to be Bold, Fearless and Selfless"

Panelist: Paula T. Edgar
Principal
PGE LLC (Speaking, Coaching and Consulting)
President
MBBA

Topic: "Authentic Leadership as a Black Woman Lawyer"

 

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Honorable William F. Kuntz

Jurist of the Year
United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York

William Francis Kuntz II is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Born in New York, New York, Kuntz earned an Artium Baccalaureus in 1972 from Harvard College. He then earned an Artium Magister in 1974 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1979 from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor in 1977 from Harvard Law School.

From 1978 until 1986, Kuntz was an associate in the New York law firm Shearman & Sterling. From 1986 until 1994, Kuntz was a partner in the New York law firm Milgrim Thomajan Jacobs & Lee, and from 1994 until 2001, Kuntz was a partner in the New York law firm Seward & Kissel. From 2001 until 2004, he was a partner in the New York office of the Canadian law firm Torys LLP, and from 2004 until 2005, he was counsel at the New York law firm Constantine & Cannon.

From 2005 until becoming a federal judge, Kuntz was a partner in the New York office of the law firm Baker Hostetler. His specialty is commercial and labor litigation. Prior to his appointment to the EDNY, Mr. Kuntz was the New York City Council’s designee from Kings County to the Civilian Complaints Review Board from October 1993 through 2010.

On March 9, 2011, President Obama nominated Kuntz to fill a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York that became vacant when Judge Nina Gershon took senior status in 2008.

The United States Senate confirmed Kuntz by unanimous consent on October 3, 2011. He received his judicial commission the following day.

Kuntz's wife, Dr. Alice Beal, is the director of palliative care for the New York Harbor Healthcare System Veterans Administration. They live in Brooklyn, New York, where they are members of the parish of the Brooklyn Oratory of St. Boniface.

Kuntz's son, Will, is the Director of Player Relations & Competition for Major League Soccer.

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Nate Saint-Victor

Trailblazer of the Year
Executive Director, Morgan Stanley

Nate is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley where he provides legal advice to the Wealth Management division on broker-dealer and investment advisory issues with a focus on research, development and distribution of alternative investments. Previously, Nate practiced in the Investment Management Group at Davis Polk. Since 2009, Nate has served on the SIFMA Alternative Investments Roundtable and previously served on the Investment Adviser/Broker-Dealer Task Force, Investment Advisory Committee and the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board Business Model Working Group.  Nate regularly speaks on issues related to securities laws, diversity and inclusion and professional development.

Nate mobilizes resources for innovation and change within the legal profession through his leadership positions with the Alliance of Securities and Financial Educators (ASAFE), the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP), Legal Outreach, the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), and the NYC Bar Association. Nate is on the Executive Council of the Group and serves as an adviser to 1844.

Nate is a former Chair of the Morgan Stanley Legal and Compliance Division Diversity & Inclusion Committee, a 2015 National Bar Association “40 Under 40,” a 2015 CUP Catalyst Change Agent in Law, and a 2009 CUP Fellow. Nate also enjoys mentoring through LEAD, PALS and Legal Outreach and was recognized by Legal Outreach as an “Elder of the Village,” the organization’s highest honor.

Nate recently co-authored the “Power of Partnering” article, describing best practices for majority and minority or women owned law firms to co-partner on meeting client needs. The article is available at the NAMWOLF website.

Nate graduated from Duke University, where he co-founded the Duke Business and Investment Clubs, and Georgetown Law, where he served on journal, the award-winning Frederick Douglass Moot Court team and as President of the Black Law Student Association.  

Nate lives in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania with his wife, Christina, and their two year old heart, Regina Claire, aka “Baby Pi”.

And, Nate is the best Spades player that you will ever meet. As the three-time, undefeated Champion since the creation of the competition, he looks forward to defending his title again at the 2017 MBBA Golf and Spades Tournament. If you don’t know, you better ask somebody.

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Alphonso B. David

Public Servant of the Year
Counsel to the Governor

Alphonso DavidAlphonso B. David is an attorney, law professor and policy advisor with significant litigation and management experience in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

In 2015, Mr. David was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve as Counsel to the Governor. In this role, he functions as the Governor’s chief counsel and principal legal advisor, and oversees all significant legal and policy deliberations affecting New York State including evaluating proposed legislation; implementing laws and policies; and formulating the State’s posture in both affirmative and defensive litigation.

Prior to his appointment as the Governor’s Chief Counsel, Mr. David served for four years in the Governor’s cabinet as the Deputy Secretary and Counsel for Civil Rights, the first position of its kind in New York State. In this capacity, he was responsible for a full range of legal, policy, legislative, and operational matters affecting civil rights and labor throughout the State. Mr. David also previously served as Special Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights for the Office of the New York State Attorney General, where he managed up to a dozen Assistant Attorneys General on a variety of investigations and affirmative litigation, including employment and housing discrimination, fair lending, reproductive rights, and anti-bias claims. Further, he previously served as Deputy Commissioner and Special Counselor at the New York State Division of Human Rights.

Prior to working in the public sector, Mr. David served as a staff attorney at the Lambda Legal Defense and Educational Fund. At Lambda Legal, Mr. David litigated precedent-setting civil rights cases across the nation affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals as well as those living with HIV. He handled both affirmative and defensive matters relating to marriage, parenting rights, discrimination in schools, and access to health care. In addition, Mr. David served as a litigation associate at the law firm Blank Rome LLP. He began his legal career as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Clifford Scott Green in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

For the past decade, Mr. David has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law. He began his work in academia with Fordham University Law School and most recently with Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, teaching ‘‘Constitutional Law: Sexuality and the Law.’’

Mr. David is a graduate of the University of Maryland and Temple University School of Law.

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