New York City Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel National Event

Monday, March 21, 2016 - 12:23

The New York City Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC-NYC) is pleased to announce the publicly available, video release of its All Abilities Legal Resource Group’s national event, Disabilities Inclusion in the Workplace.  


ACC-NYC’s signature event, which was co-sponsored by the Financial Services Alliance for the Disabled and hosted by Clifford Kirsch at Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP last November, is posted in full on the Chapter’s publicly available YouTube channel:


This groundbreaking event delves into the hiring and career advancement of in-house and external counsel of all abilities, as well as the concrete benefits to corporations of having a diverse, inclusive workplace.  As introduced by Jeff Stern, Co-Chair of the All Abilities Legal Resource Group and ACC-NYC Immediate Past President, and Executive Director, Morgan Stanley, the event features practical guidance and personal reflections from leading lights in the All Abilities field, including:

  • Introductory remarks by special guest Victor Calise, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities,
  • Remarks by Kareem Dale, Director and Senior Counsel with Discover Financial Services and former lead Special Assistant to President Obama for Disability Policy for six years,
  • Remarks by Haben Girma, disability rights advocate and the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law school, White House Champion of Change, and Skadden Fellowship Attorney at Disability Rights Advocates in Berkeley, California, and
  • A panel moderated by Meg Cimino, Chair of the All Abilities Legal Resource Group and Executive Director, Regulatory Counsel and Policies & Procedures, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, with Kareem Dale;Haben Girma; Jim Merklinger, VP and Chief Legal Officer for the ACC and Board Member of the Tourette Syndrome Association; and Manny Alves, Vice President, Governance and Regulatory Counsel and Corporate Secretary at John Hancock Life Insurance Company.

Twenty-five years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, people of all abilities are increasingly employed and represented in the legal profession, but opportunities for improvement remain.  

ACC-NYC invites legal employers and their HR departments to rebroadcast and utilize this videotaped event as a training tool for the hiring of lawyers with disabilities.  

ACC-NYC is one of ACC’s largest chapters, representing nearly 2,000 members spanning multiple industries and companies of all sizes. For more information on ACC-NYC, please visit: or contact Amy Adams, Executive Director, at