Practice Area: Diversity, Inclusion & Civil Rights

Where Do We Go From Here? Dispute Resolution DEI Initiatives After the Students for Fair Admissions Decision

In recent years, dispute resolution service providers, professional associations and court-annexed ADR programs have launched initiatives to increase diversity, equity and inclusion among dispute resolution practitioners. These programs seek to recruit, train and support members of historically underrepresented communities in the mediation and arbitration fields and provide them with the necessary training and experience to … Continued

Symposium Illuminates the Causes of Systemic Racism and Why Inequities Are Still Prevalent in Our Lives

The unequal outcomes of long-standing discriminatory laws and policies are still having an impact locally and nationally, speakers at a symposium presented by the New York State Bar Association and Albany Law School told participants. The symposium examined how centuries-old approaches in housing, health and education have widened the wealth gap between various demographic groups. … Continued

Confronting Antisemitism With Historical Knowledge

Antisemitism, or hostility toward Jews, has a long history – going back thousands of years and before the advent of Christianity. And while the hatred can manifest from the subtle to the overt, it has sadly persisted though the millennia, causing violence and harm to Jewish people. At a recent Continuing Legal Education course hosted … Continued

New York State Bar Association To Launch Anti-Bias Training With Free Program on Antisemitism Feb. 27

As antisemitism rises worldwide following Hamas’ terrorist attack on Israel, the New York State Bar Association is offering free training to combat hatred against Jews. The antisemitism training will be the first in a series of anti-bias programs. The association also plans to offer programs on Anti-Asian hate, Islamophobia, and related topics as part of … Continued

LGBTQ+ Asylum Seekers Face Extra Challenges

LGBTQ+ asylum seekers have a rough road to travel. Aside from the in-depth requirements that face anyone applying for asylum, government policies, red tape and changing administrations can leave would-be asylees in a holding pattern for years. A recent Continuing Legal Education course, hosted by the New York State Bar Association’s LGBTQ Law Section, delved … Continued

New York State Bar Association Calls for More Offenses To Be Added to Hate Crime Statute in Face of Rising Antisemitic, Anti-Asian Hate

In the face of an alarming rise of hate crimes across the state and nation, the New York State Bar Association is calling for a much-needed update of New York State law through the Hate Crimes Modernization Act. The act would expand the list of hate-crime-eligible offenses to include charges such as graffiti, criminal obstruction … Continued