The New York City Bar Association will present its 2012 Diversity & Inclusion Champion Awards at a ceremony and luncheon on June 5, 2012. 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 following are the 2012 Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award winners:
Steven Banks, attorney-in-chief at The Legal Aid Society, which has a staff of 1,600, including 1,000 lawyers, and provides legal assistance in all five boroughs in 300,000 legal matters annually through its Criminal, Juvenile Rights and Civil Practices; Eric J. Friedman, executive partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP (under his leadership, the firm has reinforced its long-standing commitment to attracting, retaining and developing diverse lawyers and staff); Don H. Liu, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Xerox Corporation, where he is responsible for all of Xerox’s legal and government affairs; and Lorraine S. McGowen, partner in the restructuring practice group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, a member of Orrick’s board of directors and a former practice group leader, and chair of Orrick’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative since 2005.