The New York City Bar Association is recognizing four attorneys for their role in initiating changes to promote diversity within their organizations and the legal community.
Winners of the bar’s 2014 diversity awards are Michelle Anderson, CUNY School of Law dean; Joseph Drayton, a Cooley partner; Natalia Martín, director of diversity at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; and Karla Sanchez, executive deputy attorney general for economic justice for the New York State Attorney General’s Office.
The city bar will present the 2014 Diversity & Inclusion Champion Awards at a June 18 dinner to celebrate the bar’s 30 years of efforts to promote diversity.
The 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 city bar said in a statement.
Anderson was noted for her efforts to increase diversity among CUNY law students and faculty, and Drayton for his participation in the city bar’s Enhance Diversity in the Profession Committee and activity in other bar groups.
Martín and Sanchez are being recognized for founding Cafecitos Network in 2006 with the goal of bringing together Hispanic female attorneys and promoting the development of Latina lawyers. The network has grown to more than 630 members.