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Smooth Moves 2022 & George Bundy Smith Award Ceremony

Smooth Moves 2022 & George Bundy Smith Award Ceremony

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Election Subversion – A Real Threat to Our Democracy: What Lawyers Can Do

This program is free for NYSBA members
Co-sponsored by the Fordham Law School Voting Rights and Democracy Program

CLE Program: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Award Ceremony: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for the 2022 Smooth Moves Diversity & Inclusion CLE and The Honorable George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award Ceremony, honoring and celebrating Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett.


This year’s esteemed panel of Jerry Goldfeder (Moderator, Stroock LLP; Director, Fordham Law School Voting Rights and Democracy Program), Terry A.O. Minnis (Panelist, Asian Americans Advancing Justice), and Amia Trigg (Panelist, NAACP Legal Defense Fund), will explore the spate of laws by various states that threaten to undermine the integrity of our elections – and what lawyers can do to preserve our constitutional democracy. 


The Commercial & Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association will be bestowing The Honorable George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award (the “Pioneer Award”) to Congresswoman Plaskett. The Pioneer Award is presented annually by the Section to an attorney or jurist of color whose career accomplishments exemplify the high standards set by the Honorable George Bundy Smith, the late judge of the New York State Court of Appeals. The award, which celebrates the hallmarks of Judge Smith’s career — legal excellence, community commitment and mentoring — was established in 2007 in recognition of his work as a Freedom Rider during the Civil Rights Movement, and his unwavering commitment to social justice during his 30 years of public service as a judge.


Congresswoman Plaskett is a true pioneer in every sense of the word. She represents the United States Virgin Islands’ at-large Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, and is currently serving her fourth term in Congress. In true historic fashion, Mrs. Plaskett is the first Member from a U.S. territory and the fourth African-American woman to serve on the House Committee on Ways and Means, the oldest and one of the most exclusive committees in Congress. Congresswoman Plaskett has a long history of public service, having started as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx DA’s office as well as having worked as a political appointee at the Department of Justice where she served as Senior Counsel under both Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson and his successor James Comey.

CLE Program:


Jerry H. Goldfeder, Special Counsel at Stroock; and Director at the Fordham Law School Voting Rights and Democracy Program (


Amia L. Trigg, Senior Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund,

Terry Ao Minnus, Senior Director of Census and Voting Programs at Asian Americans Advancing Justice,

Award Ceremony:

Dan K. Wiig, Section Chair – Welcome

Hon. Sylvia O. Hinds-Radix, New York City Corporation Counsel – Welcome & Reflection of Judge Bundy-Smith and the Award’s History

Kan M. Nawaday, Co-Chair of the Section's Diversity Committee – Introduction of Presenter Justice Dena Douglas

Justice Dena E. Douglas, New York Supreme Court, 2nd Judicial District – Introduction of Congresswoman Plaskett

Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett, Delegate to the United States Virgin Islands' at-large Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives – Remarks and Acceptance of Award

      Thank you to our Co-sponsor!

Start Date:
  • April 28, 2022
Start Time:
  • 5:00 PM
End Time:
  • 7:00 PM
Areas Of Professional Practice Credit(s):
  • 0.5
Diversity, Inclusion & Elimination of Bias Credit(s):
  • 0.5
Total Credit(s):
  • 1.0
  • Virtual Participation
  • Webinar
Product Code:
  • 0LU91
Section Member Price: Free
Non-Member Price: $25.00
Sponsoring Committee Group
  • Commercial & Federal Litigation Section
  • Committee on Continuing Legal Education
  • Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion