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Judicial Ratings for Election Candidates

Posted by webmaster on Sep 4, 2014

Included below are ratings for judicial candidates seeking election in the upcoming cycle. Ratings include Superior, Well Qualified, Qualified, Qualified but limited by experience, and Cannot Recommend. The judicial rating of each candidate is based on the evaluation of a written questionnaire completed by the candidate, a personal interview with the candidate, a survey of our membership and members of the local bar as to their professional experiences with the candidate, as well as a report and recommendation by the MBAWNY’s Judicial Ratings Committee and final vote by the MBAWNY’s Executive Board. The Judicial Ratings Committee and Executive Board consider qualities in a candidate including, but not limited to, his or her integrity, experience and related qualification factors, professionalism, reputation, temperament, community service, fairness, attitude and       punctuality. Sensitivity and commitment to minority issues and diversity is a strongly considered factor. For additional information contact Judicial Ratings Committee Co-Chairs Stephanie and Christopher L. Hayes at...

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The MBAWNY Highlights Efforts Toward Increasing Diversity in the Legal Profession

The MBAWNY Highlights Efforts Toward Increasing Diversity in the Legal Profession

Posted by webmaster on Feb 18, 2014

  The Minority Bar Association of Western New York will highlight its efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession during its general body meeting on February 19.  During the meeting, the MBAWNY, along with the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), will celebrate  their mutual members Tasha E. Moore and Jessica M. Lazarin, the 2013 recipients of the NYSBA Citations for Special Achievement in Public Service. Ms. Moore and Ms. Lazarin are being honored for their contributions to public service. The citation awards will be presented by NYSBA president, David Schraver, at a special reception following the MBAWNY’s monthly meeting, scheduled  for 5:30 p.m. on February 19 at the offices of Nixon Peabody, LLP, 40 Fountain Plaza, Suite 500, Buffalo.  Mr. Schraver will also make remarks about the continuing diversity initiatives being undertaken by the NYSBA. The NYSBA Citations for Special Achievement in Public Service are awarded annually to recognize unique or special achievements by public service attorneys or public service law offices. These may include leadership of a particular project or initiative, or making a key contribution in connection with a project or initiative in their community. Ms. Moore and Ms. Lazarin are being honored for their work in co-founding the Western New York Diversity Task Force, a team formed to implement local programs for the long-term development of local youths interested in pursuing a career in law. “The Minority Bar Association of Western New York has a long history of both formal and informal efforts at increasing diversity in the legal profession,” says MBAWNY President Ericka N. Bennett. “We hope to raise awareness of the efforts...

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Bennett elected president of minority lawyers group

Posted by webmaster on Feb 3, 2014

As shown in The Buffalo News Ericka N. Bennett has been elected as president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York. She has been vice president of the organization for the past year. Other officers are: vice president, Stephanie O. Lamarque; treasurer, Mary C. Chan; recording secretary, Lisa M. Diaz-Ordaz; corresponding secretary, Ileah Welch; and directors, Leah A. Bouquard and Mengyi Xu. Click here to read...

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