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NYCLA’S 91ST ANNUAL BAR DINNER: CELEBRATING JURISTS AND LAWYERS OF COLOR
DECEMBER 9, 2005 – NEW YORK, NY – The New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA) is hosting its 91st Annual Bar Dinner on Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30 PM at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. This year’s theme, “Celebrating Jurists and Lawyers of Color,” will honor more than 50 men and women leaders in the legal, corporate and nonprofit sectors. The evening’s keynote speaker will be Michele Coleman Mayes, Senior VP and General Counsel, Pitney Bowes, Inc.; Hon. George Bundy Smith, Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, will receive the William Nelson Cromwell Award.
Among the other honorees are current and former New York City government officials — Congressman Herman Badillo, former Mayor David N. Dinkins and former Manhattan Borough President Percy E. Sutton. Several bar leaders will also be honored, among them are: Janet Alvarez, President, Puerto Rican Bar Association; Hugh W. Campbell, former President, Bronx County Bar Association; Nelson A. Castillo, President, Hispanic Bar Association; Julissa A. Gomez, President, Dominican Bar Association; Conrad K. Harper, former President, New York City Bar Association; Seymour W. James Jr., former President, Queens County Bar Association; Nadine C. Johnson, President, Metropolitan Black Bar Association; Manuel A. Romero, former President, Brooklyn Bar Association; Kenneth G. Standard, former President, New York State Bar Association; and Lourdes M. Venura, President, Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County.
The career of the event’s keynote speaker, Ms. Mayes, has spanned the public and private sectors. In Detroit, she served as Chief of the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice and in her capacity at Pitney Bowes, she is responsible for the company’s legal affairs. In 2003, Ms. Mayes received the Margaret Brent Award from the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession and the Trailblazer Award from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.
The New York County Lawyers’ Association (www.nycla.org) was founded in 1908 as the first major bar association in the country that admitted members without regard to race, ethnicity, religion or gender. Since its inception, NYCLA has pioneered some of the most far-reaching and tangible reforms in American jurisprudence and has continuously played an active role in legal developments and public policy.
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