Recent Programs & Events
The Cadwalader Center for Diversity and Inclusion hosts programs and events throughout the year that are designed to increase cultural competence, celebrate history and heritage and educate attorneys on how to work effectively on diverse teams.
2016 Energy, Business, Diversity and the Law Symposium
- June 22, 2016
The firm hosted a panel discussion in partnership with Exelon Corporation on the role diversity plays in driving business within the legal and energy industries. During the presentation, participants learned about the interesting opportunities available to lawyers within the energy sector — the role that lawyers play in Exelon’s business and Cadwalader’s energy and commodities practice.
The Short Honeymoon: LGBT Issues and Justice in 2016
- June 21, 2016
The Cadwalader LGBT Network hosted a Pride Month event, featuring James Esseks, Director of the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project, who has played an integral role in marriage equality and transgender discrimination cases across the country. During the event, James discussed new state laws and ordinances, from Alabama to Mississippi to North Carolina to Tennessee, that seek to restrict transgender access to restroom facilities, remove local legal protections for LGBT people, excuse magistrates from performing same sex marriages, and protect businesses that refuse to serve LGBT customers.
The Vietnamese Fishermen v. The Ku Klux Klan
- May 11, 2016
The Cadwalader Asian Pacific American Attorney Resource Group and the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) presented a historical reenactment of the Vietnamese Fisherman v. the Ku Klux Klan. Members of AABANY, Cadwalader attorneys and the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit told the story of the Vietnamese Fisherman fighting to stop the Klan’s campaign of violence & intimidation, through reenactment of court proceedings, narration and historic photographs. To view the performance, click here.
United States v. Texas: A Constitutional Analysis of the Immigration Debate
- April 26, 2016
In celebration of the one year anniversary of the Immigration Clinic, the Cadwalader Black and Latino Association hosted a roundtable discussion on the immigration debate, focusing on the United States v. Texas litigation regarding the constitutional legality of President Obama’s executive action expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Guest speakers included: Amanda Frost, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law; Maribel Hernandez Rivera, Executive Director of Legal Initiatives at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; and Wendy Wylegala, Deputy Director for Legal Technical Assistance at Kids in Need of Defense. During the conversation moderated by Cadwalader Partner, Tania Perez, speakers discussed federal versus state responses to the global refugee crisis, the immigration policy debate in connection with the 2016 presidential election, and the continued federal practice of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement raids within immigrant communities.
Black History Month Event featuring NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks
- March 21, 2016
The Cadwalader Black and Latino Association hosted a luncheon with special guest Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. During the presentation, he discussed his experiences as a civil rights attorney and social justice advocate, as well as, today’s pressing civil rights issues and current events.
Doing Business in Cuba: Opportunities & Challenges
- October 14, 2015
The Cadwalader Black and Latino Association hosted an informative conversation with William M. LeoGrande, Professor of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University. During the conversation, Professor LeoGrande discussed the negotiations between the United States and Cuba leading up to the transformational events of December 2014 and the opportunities and challenges of doing business in Cuba, post the restoration of ties with the United States.
Hispanic Heritage Month Documentary Screening of “A Class Apart”
– September 22, 2015
The Cadwalader Center for Diversity & Inclusion kicked-off Hispanic Heritage Month with a special screening of the award-winning documentary, A Class Apart, based on the story of a band of underdog Mexican-American lawyers who took their case, Hernandez v. Texas, all the way to the Supreme Court, where they successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican-Americans.
From Megan’s Law to Bernie Madoff: A Conversation with Judge Chin
- July 23, 2015
The Cadwalader Asian Pacific American Attorney Resource Group hosted a conversation with the Honorable Denny Chin, United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit. During the interactive conversation, Judge Chin discussed his experiences as a federal judge and his path to the bench. Attendees had the opportunity to network and speak with Judge Chin during the cocktail reception that followed.
The Fight for Marriage Equality in the Supreme Court
- June 9, 2015
The Cadwalader LGBT Network and the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) hosted a Pride Month event, The Fight for Marriage Equality in the Supreme Court, featuring Mary Bonauto, GLAD’s Civil Rights Project Director and Janson Wu, GLAD’s Executive Director. During the presentation Mary discussed her experience arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court for marriage equality and Janson discussed the future of the LGBT rights movement.
Justice Denied: Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio
- May 12, 2015
Members of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, including Cadwalader attorneys and the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit presented a case reenactment of Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio, a landmark employment discrimination case. The presentation told the story of the Wards Cove workers through narration, reenactment of court proceedings, and historic photographs. To view the performance, click here.
The Partner Track
- May 5, 2015
The Cadwalader Asian Pacific American Attorney Resource Group and the Women’s Leadership Initiative co-hosted a panel discussion with Cadwalader Partners, Ingrid Bagby, Kathy Chin and Athena Eastwood, focusing on their career experiences and paths to partnership. The panel was moderated by Helen Wan, author of The Partner Track, a fictional story about a young Asian-American corporate associate up for partner at her New York law firm.
“From Selma to Ferguson to Today: Why Civil Rights Matter,” featuring Professor Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law School
- April 29, 2015
The Cadwalader Black and Latino Association hosted a conversation with Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, and Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice. The conversation was followed by a cocktail reception where attorneys had the opportunity to network and speak with Professor Ogletree.
The Art of Building Business Relationships and Executive Presence
- March 25, 2015
The Women’s Leadership Initiative and Diane Darling, Founder of the Darling Institute, hosted a workshop on building business relationships and executive presence. This interactive presentation explored how professionals at all stages of their career can integrate networking and relationship-building into their everyday lives.
WLI London Client Event: “Walking the Nile” by Levison Wood
– March 12, 2015
The Women’s Leadership Initiative hosted a special evening at our London office with Levison Wood, explorer, writer, and photographer. Formerly an officer in the British Parachute Regiment, Wood has led pioneering journeys into undiscovered regions, travelling to more than 80 countries. His nine-month walk along the length of the Nile, from source to sea, is chronicled in a recent Channel 4 documentary. During the presentation Wood described the amazing people, breathtaking places and shocking sights he encountered on his ground-breaking expedition.
CBLA Immigration Clinic Launch: Unaccompanied Minors and Other Perspectives in Immigration Law
– February 25, 2015
The Cadwalader Black and Latino Association hosted an inaugural Immigration Clinic, which included presentations from immigration experts on contemporary immigration law issues such as immigration reform and the influx of unaccompanied minors into the United States. The event also featured a former Cadwalader pro bono client who provided her perspective on navigating her VAWA petition. Following the program guests had the opportunity to network with the speakers and representatives from a number of our partner immigration organizations.