2017 NYC Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Conference

June 19, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
NYC Bar Association
42 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036

The City Bar Office for Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to present its Annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference. This year’s conference will focus on three discrete areas: the current state of LGBT, immigrant, and disability rights; the role of lawyers as individual and institutional activists; and strategies for initiating courageous conversations on the intersections of race, religion, gender identity/sexual orientation, and other affinity groups.

Diversity & Inclusion Conference Agenda:
8:30 a.m.
Welcome Remarks
John S. Kiernan, President, New York City Bar Association

8:45 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.
Session 1 | Whiplash on the Front Lines: Practitioners Discuss the Push-Pull of Progress
It often seems as if diversity movements take two steps forward, and then a few steps back. Recent efforts on LGBT, immigrant, and disability rights have resulted in impressive successes, but have also seen comprehensive backlash to undermine those wins. Practitioners on the front lines will speak to recent developments, as well as the strategies they are deploying to shore up their hard-fought victories.
Sosimo Fabian, New York City Law Department
Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Lambda Legal
Jillian T. Weiss, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF)
Moderated by Drew Gulley, Bloomberg LP

9:40 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session 2 | Change Through Activism, Confrontation & Collaboration
This panel will explore the role of lawyers as activists and detail strategies for engaging with colleagues and clients in this ever-changing political climate. Panelists will discuss the present state of legal advocacy and social justice needs, and will provide advice for how lawyers can utilize their unique skill sets, perspectives, and positions to encourage both individual and institutional activism.
Lisa E. Davis, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
Patricia Gatling, Attorney, Employment & Human Rights Specialist
Vince Warren, Center for Constitutional Rights
Moderated by Paula Edgar, PGE LLC and President, Metropolitan Black Bar Association

10:30 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Break

10:40 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Session 3 | Courageous Conversations, Intersectionality & Leadership Engagement
At this session, we will explore the interconnected nature of categorizations such as race, religion, gender and LGBT status. We will discuss how overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage can create opportunities for strength.  We will also debate the thorny challenges that leaders face in navigating the complexities of intersectional relationships.  Attendees will be inspired by the courageous conversations they hear and leave with a greater understanding of how to initiate such conversations to better acknowledge, embrace and support the differences among us.
Albert Fox Cahn, The Council on American-Islamic Relations of New York (CAIR-NY)
LaTanya Langley, BIC International Co.
Moderated by Deborah Epstein Henry, Bliss Lawyers

Office for Diversity and Inclusion
Enhance Diversity in the Profession Committee, Hon. Rosalyn Heather Richter and N. Nate Saint-Victor, Co-Chairs