New York City Chapter

Diversity Group


most recent Event:

October 9, 2018

Diversity Group presented cle: Implementing a Culture of Collaboration in a Legal Department
- Sponsored by Baker Botts

View our event flickr album here


Mission Statement

The purpose of the ACC New York City Diversity Group is to facilitate members’ development of plans, strategies and initiatives that increase diversity and the involvement of diverse individuals at all levels of our Association and the legal profession.

Steering Committee Members

Pauline Arnakis

Diversity Group Chair

Frank M. Clark II
  Assistant General Counsel  Head of the Americas (Commercial) Legal Team

Infosys Limited
Diversity Group Co-Chair

David W. Brown

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Terence Rozier-Byrd

Baker Botts LLP 

Charles Chen
Deputy General Counsel


Ernest Chung

Nixon Peabody LLP

Christopher Lalan
Senior Vice President and Director of the Legal Division
Popular Bank

Joseph M. Drayton

Cooley LLP

Paula T. Edgar, Esq.
Principal, PGE LLC, Coaching, Consulting and Public Speaking
President, Metropolitan Black Bar Association

Tia Gilford
ACC-NYC Vice President, Programming


Dennis C. Hopkins
Perkins Coie

Christina Reyes
Senior Privacy Officer

Taryn Filo Dalsania
  Macy's, Inc.


Rossie E. Thurman III
  Skadden, Arps, Slate,
Meagher & Flom LLP

Elizabeth (Lisa) Vicens
Cleary Gottlieb


Pauline Wen
Senior Vice President
21 Century Fox

Jonathan Jung
General Counsel
Innovative Cosmetic Concepts

Policy Statement

ACC New York City is committed to supporting and promoting both diversity and inclusion within the legal community, based on the following:
•    the belief that diversity and inclusion improve the quality of our work and workplaces;
•    respect for individual differences;
•    interest in involving diverse and non-diverse practitioners in meaningful dialogues about diversity and inclusion
•    the belief that every practitioner has relevant experiences and insights from which others will benefit; and
•    the benefits of law practitioners becoming more culturally aware in a diverse and inclusive work environment.

past events

"Gender Communication, Persuasion and Power"
April 12, 2018 - Sponsored by Cooley










On April 12, 2018, ACC-NYC Diversity Group and Sponsor, Cooley presented "Gender Communication, Persuasion and Power". The program topic was developed and presented by Michelle Galloway, Of Counsel in sponsoring firm Cooley's litigation department. Various examples and statistics were presented showing how implicit bias is still common against females, and in particular against females of color. The presentation also included public examples of not so implicit biases. This innovative presentation contained a great deal of substantiated information to cover 3 main topics. (1) The Fundamental Differences between verbal and non-verbal communication styles between men and women; (2) How these are perceived by others in terms of demonstrating competence, promoting themselves, asking for resources, and dealing with confrontation;(3) Effective strategies to change minds or move others to actions.

"Channeling Change: Exploring Advocacy as In-House Counsel"
October 26, 2017 - Sponsored by Baker Botts










On October 26, 2017, ACC-NYC Diversity Group and Baker Botts presented "Channeling Change: Exploring Advocacy as In-House Counsel". The Topic of discussion was designed by this dynamic panel to educate in-house counsel about the various advocacy organizations that they could volunteer in and participate in pro bono to support the causes that they each advocate for. The panelist included leaders from 5 well-known local NYS and national advocacy groups. Murad Awaweh, Vice President of Advocacy at the New York Immigration Coalition, Michelle A. Caiola, Director of Litigation, New York Office Disability rights Advocates (DRA), Nicole Triplett, Policy Counsel, New York Civil Liberties Union, Lilian Sepulveda, Vice President of Global Legal Program Center for Reproductive Rights Rachel B. Tiven, Chief Executive Officer of Lambda Legal and was moderated by Lynn Neils, Partner from Baker Botts.

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