Courtesy photo.

The New York State Diversity Coalition held its annual Networking and CLE Event on Nov. 16 at the Dwyer Cultural Center in Harlem. The key presenters were Cesar Vargas (above, third from left) and Jose Perez, deputy general counsel for LatinoJustice. Vargas, who grew up in New York without legal status, spoke about the legal issues he faced in his efforts to be admitted to the New York State Bar.

Pictured with Vargas are NYSDC members, from left, Quisquella Addison, LawHelpNY/ProBono Net; Cassandra Celestin, The Children’s Law Center; Vargas; Robert Sanderman, Queens Legal Services; Kerri-Ann Wright, the Legal Aid Society; Karen Simmons, The Children’s Law Center; Tanya Douglas, Manhattan Legal Services; John Montoute, Manhattan Legal Services; and Jose Perez, LatinoJustice.