Carol A. Robles-Román, Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs and Counsel to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, will be the featured speaker at the New York Minority Attorney Networking Series on Tuesday, October 5, 2010. The event will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the New York City Bar Association, located at 42 West 44th Street. The ongoing series is organized by Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Arnold & Porter LLP. The event is co-sponsored by 28 additional law firms in the New York City area and the New York City Bar Association Committee on Minorities in the Profession.
Carol A. Robles-Román is the Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs and Counsel to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, where she leads reform efforts that improve public access to justice and city services. She oversees several city agencies and advises the Mayor and the executive branch on legal policy issues including judicial selection, compliance and enforcement of anti-discrimination laws, disability and access laws, domestic violence and immigration. A practicing attorney throughout her career, Deputy Mayor Carol Robles-Román has served as counsel to senior executives, judges, and public officials.
The event will also honor the late Michael Oshima, former chair of the NYCBA Committee on Minorities in the Profession, and the winners of the diversity essay contest bearing his name.
In March of 2005, the Attorney of Color Affinity Group in Fried Frank's Washington, DC office created the DC Minority Attorney Networking Series, which, since its inception, has brought together over 3,500 attorneys of color from firms, government, corporations and non-profit organizations to hear prominent speakers and provide minority attorneys an opportunity to focus on professional development and build alliances with colleagues practicing law in the DC Metro area. Fried Frank and Arnold & Porter organized the Series and expanded it to the New York area in 2007.
In addition to Fried Frank and Arnold & Porter, 29 leading law firms and legal organizations in New York also sponsor the Minority Attorney Networking Series. Those firms and organizations are: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Alston & Bird LLP; Arent Fox LLP; Blank Rome LLP; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Chadbourne & Parke LLP; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; Covington & Burling LLP; Crowell & Moring LLP; Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; Dechert LLP; Fish & Richardson P.C.; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Greenberg Traurig, P.A.; Hogan Lovells US LLP; Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP; Kelley Drye & Warren LLP; Kramer Levin Naftalis &Frankel LLP; Latham & Watkins LLP; McDermott Will & Emery LLP; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; New York City Bar Association Committee on Minorities in the Profession; Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP; Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; Shearman & Sterling LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and Steptoe & Johnson LLP.