Practice Area: Diversity, Inclusion & Civil Rights

New York State Bar Association Honors Attorneys for Pro Bono Work and Efforts To Diversify the Legal Profession

The New York State Bar Association honored three outstanding attorneys for their efforts to diversify the legal profession and provide legal services to those who cannot afford it. The ceremony was part of the Constance Baker Motley Symposium on Jan. 17, which is part of the association’s Annual Meeting. “These three distinguished lawyers are among … Continued

New York State Bar Association President Commends State Court System for Expanded Anti-Bias and Discrimination Training

Richard Lewis, president of the New York State Bar Association, released the following statement about the New York Unified Court System’s announcement that it has added new components to its continued efforts to combat bias and identity-based hate, adding new training programs to address antisemitism, hate crimes, and Islamophobia. “In the face of a disturbing … Continued

New York State Bar Association President Decries Rise in Antisemitic Incidents, Thanks Governor for Combating Hate Crimes

Richard Lewis, president of the New York State Bar Association, issued the following statement about Gov. Kathy Hochul’s fight against antisemitism: “We applaud Gov. Hochul’s powerful and eloquent words yesterday at the American Jewish Committee’s Board of Governors meeting. Pointing to a 217 percent increase in antisemitic incidents — including messages threatening violence at Cornell … Continued

Daughter of Civil Rights Activists Who Helped Organize March on Washington To Explore its Legacy for 60th Anniversary

Renowned artist, educator and social justice advocate Hasna Muhammad will examine the legacy of the March on Washington and the continued fight for equity at a commemoration marking the march’s 60th anniversary. Her parents, actors and activists Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, helped organize the first march in 1963. At that first march, 200,000 demonstrators … Continued

Rochester Attorney Honored by the New York State Bar Association for Promoting Diversity in the Legal Profession

The New York State Bar Association honored David M. Tang, an attorney committed to diversity in the legal profession, with the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Vanguard Award in a virtual celebration on Oct. 3. Tang, a partner at Underberg & Kessler in Rochester, represents and advises clients in business, health care, restructuring and commercial litigation matters. … Continued