Mission Statement

The Task Force will examine how structural racism permeates and influences facets of daily life leading to injustice and inequality among New Yorkers. The Task Force will include six committees – Criminal Justice, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Justice, Health, and Housing – that will examine the key issues that cause structural racism to be entrenched and persistent. These committees will enable the Task Force to explore changes in the law and public policy and deliver a report recommending action steps the NYSBA can take to attack structural racism and effectuate meaningful societal transformation.

Press Release

NYSBA Task Force to Address Racism, Social Equity and the Law (September 16, 2021) https://nysba.org/nysba-task-force-to-address-racism-social-equity-and-the-law/

Upcoming Public Forums

Join the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Racism, Social Equity, and the Law on Monday, October 25th from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. for a Public Forum on How Structural Racism Built Today’s Education, Health and Economic Outcomes.

Professor Paula C. Johnson, professor of law at Syracuse University College of Law, will present a brief history of structural racism in the United States and its impact on Black and Brown people in New York and across America. Discussants will then address and respond to Professor Johnson’s keynote presentation: Professor Samuel K. Roberts, associate professor of history, sociomedical sciences, and African American studies at Columbia University, will speak on the interplay of structural racism and health care; Lourdes Zapata, president and CEO of the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (“SoBRO”), will speak on barriers blocking access to economic opportunities; Dr. Daryll C. Dykes, professor and chief diversity office at SUNY Upstate Medical University and orthopedic surgeon at Upstate Orthopedics, will speak on efforts to foster diversity and inclusion within the public health sphere; and Jasmine Gripper, executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education, will speak on the intersection of systemic racism and education. President T. Andrew Brown will make opening remarks.

This Public Forum is free to attend for both NYSBA members and the public, but preregistration is required at this link: https://nysba.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_W8WC60-kRauSsb3aYDMSHQ

The New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Racism, Social Equity, and the Law is charged with examining how structural racism permeates and influences facets of daily life leading to injustice and inequality among New Yorkers.

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