New York City Bar 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Champion Awards

The New York City Bar Office for Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Champion Awards, which
will be presented at the Diversity and Inclusion Celebration Dinner on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

The award recognizes the critical role individual attorneys have
played in initiating and sustaining change within their organizations
and the overall New York legal community. The award recipients embody
the New York City Bar’s Statement of Diversity
Principles, which defines diversity as an inclusive concept,
encompassing race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender
identity and expression, religion, nationality, age, disability and
marital and parental status. 

The 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award recipients are: 

  • Ricardo A. Anzaldua
    Executive Vice President & General Counsel, MetLife
  • Zachary W. Carter
    Corporation Counsel, New York City Law Department
  • Carmelyn P. Malalis
    Chair and Commissioner, New York City Commission on Human Rights 
  • Richard E. Meade
    Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, International Law Compliance and Business Ethics, Prudential Financial, Inc. 

The Celebration Dinner is sold out. To request tickets or inquire about Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gabrielle Brown at [email protected].

For more information about the award and the winners, please visit:

Federation Of Defense And Corporate Counsel | Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship

We are committed to the full participation and inclusion of diverse professionals in our organization and the legal profession as part of our core values of diversity and inclusion. To that end, we seek diverse members, whether persons of color, women, LGBTQ, or persons with physical limitations and whether they represent economic, geographic, social, ethnic, racial or religious diversity. With these core values in mind, we created the FDCC Foundation Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship to honor the spouse of one of our long time members, Edward J. Currie, Jr., a champion of diversity in the profession.


The FDCC Foundation Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship will be open to application by all diverse law school students and prospective students. The selected recipients will receive a $5,000 academic scholarship to the law school of their choice and have an opportunity to intern for an FDCC law firm or company in the geographic areas where they wish to practice between their
second and third year of law school. The internship is a paid position. The applications will go through a two‐step review process. The first review will be conducted by a subcommittee composed of FDCC members appointed by the President of the FDCC Foundation. The second and final review process will be composed by five members: the President of the FDCC Foundation, a Member of the Foundation Board, a Member of the Diversity Committee, a Member of the Admissions Committee, and a Member of the Membership Development &
Retention Committee.


To apply, please submit the following materials no later than Dec. 30, 2016:

  • Personal statement describing how you will contribute to FDCC’s core values of diversity and inclusion, describing your needs and any unique qualifications and providing information on any other matters you believe would assist the Review Committee in evaluating your application (1000‐word limit)
  • Writing sample (7 page limit)
  • Three references including names and contact information of individuals who can attest to your professional and academic abilities


Applications may be submitted beginning Oct. 15, 2016. All parts of the application must be submitted at the same time to dpolscer@gordon‐ Applications must be received by Dec. 30, 2016. The selection committee will notify applicants selected for an interview by Feb. 15, 2017. Please address any questions about the Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship program to Diane Polscer (dpolscer@gordon‐

For more information, please visit

NYC Bar Office for Diversity and Inclusion: Call for Speakers/Faculty

The New York City Bar seeks recommendations for potential speakers and faculty members for our annual programming (e.g. Committee programs, CLE, etc.) We encourage you to share this form with your colleagues who may be interested in speaking at future events.

The form can be found at the following link: (or for those who have trouble accessing the online form, you can submit the attached PDF to Monica Parks at [email protected]).

Once you have completed the form, please submit a CV/bio to [email protected] with the subject “Call for Speakers.” Questions can be directed to Monica Parks at [email protected].

Diversity and the Bar – March/April 2016

Diversity and the Bar – March/April 2016

A Journey Through the Pipeline: Identifying Challenges and Improving Diversity and Inclusion In the Legal Profession

A Journey Through the Pipeline: Identifying Challenges and Improving Diversity and Inclusion In the Legal Profession