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.
During the fifth installment of the Civil Rights Series, Janson Wu, Executive Director at GLAD and Columbia Law Professor, Suzanne Goldberg, led a discussion on the class of two core American values – religious freedom and freedom from discrimination. We discussed historical cases and the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.
Civil Rights Series – Fanning the Flames: The Rise in Hate Crimes in America
- September 13, 2017
The fourth installment in the Civil Rights Series featured the Anti-Defamation League’s Kenneth Jacobson, Deputy National Director and Christopher Magyarics, Senior Investigative Research. They discussed the rise in hate crimes in America
The third installment in the Civil Rights Series featured three of the founders and organizers of the historic Women’s March that took place around the world on January 21, 2017. Panelists, Mrinalini Chakraborty, Head of Field Operations & Stratefy Women’s March Inc., Emma Collum, Head of Field Operations & Strategy Women’s March, Inc. and Breanne Butler, Director of States & Global Women’s March, Inc. discussed the history of social activism, the genesis of the march and future plans.
Cadwalader’s LGBT Network and Women’s Leadership Initiative co-hosted the second program in the Civil Rights Series, “The Domino Effect: If Abortion Rights Fall, LGBT Rights Are Next”. Rachel Tiven ,CEO of Lambda Legal, and Nancy Northup, President & CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, led an open discussion of their February 22, 2017, Washington Post op-ed on LGBT rights, reproductive rights, and the intersectionality of each group’s civil rights.
This Land is Our Land: Oyama v. California
- May 31, 2017
Cadwalader’s Asian Pacific American Attorney Resource Group, the Asian American Bar Association of New York and special guests Hon. Denny Chin of the United States Circuit Court for the Second Circuit, Hon. Kiyo A. Matsumoto of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York presented the reenactment of the historical case Oyama v. California. Through narration, the reenactment of court proceedings and historic photographs, the cast retold the captivating story of Kajiro and Fred Oyama’s legal battle against the State of California for its use of the Alien Land Law against a Japanese American family.
Civil Rights Series – Civil Rights in 2017
- May 10, 2017
Cadwalader’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion welcomed Vanita Gupta to the firm as the first speaker in the Civil Rights Series. As former head of the Civil Rights division at the U.S. Department of Justice and the President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Gupta discussed civil rights law in the Obama Administration, progress made and anticipated civil rights issues under the new administration.
Cadwalader’s Affinity Networks, especially its Black & Latino Association, and special guests Hon. Denny Chin of the United States Circuit Court for the Second Circuit, Hon. William F. Kuntz II and Hon. Margo K. Brodie of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York presented a historical reenactment of the James Meredith’s legal battle to be admitted to the University of Mississippi in the 1960’s. The cast was able to retell the compelling story of Constance Baker Motley’s representation of James Meredith through reenactment of court proceedings, narration and historic photographs.
Armed For Success: A Conversation with Military Veteran Attorneys
– October 13, 2016
The Cadwalader Veteran’s Network hosted a panel of distinguished military veteran attorneys who have worked at senior levels of government, at law firms and as in-house counsel. During the conversation, panelists discussed how military service shaped their legal careers and professionals networks; how to balance civilian and reserve careers; attributes they look for when recruiting candidates; and the challenges faced by veterans of the post-9/11 military.
An Evening With The United States Army's Top Lawyer
– October 6, 2016
The Cadwalader Veterans Network and the Women’s Leadership Initiative hosted a conversation with Lieutenant General Flora D. Darpino, the 39th Judge Advocate General (TJAG) of the United States Army. She discussed her nearly thirty-year military career as well as issues that she has faced during her term, including the integration of women into combat roles, and the addressing of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the United States military. This discussion also addressed some of the most cutting-edge legal issues facing today’s post-9/11 military.
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.