Take the Pledge to Challenge Disparity and Build Diversity

Take the Pledge

I pledge to…

  • Actively identify and address issues of disparity involving women attorneys and attorneys of color in my spheres of influence.
  • Design and participate in initiatives within my law firm or other place of employment that address issues of disparity against women attorneys and attorneys of color.
  • Participate in the Western New York legal community’s efforts to address issues of disparity and increase diversity and inclusion.
  • Support my colleagues, financially or otherwise, in their efforts to implement the Pledge.

Challenge Disparity, Build Diversity

I pledge to…
• Actively identify and address issues of disparity involving women attorneys and attorneys of color in my spheres of influence.
• Design and participate in initiatives within my law firm or other place of employment that addresses issues of disparity against women attorneys and attorneys of color.
• Participate in the Western New York legal community’s efforts to address issues of disparity and increase diversity and inclusion.
• Support my colleagues, financially or otherwise, in their efforts to implement the pledge.

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Board Resolution

Whereas, COVID-19 has a demonstrably disparate impact on women lawyers, lawyers of color, and law students of color;

Whereas, the BAEC believes that a diversified bar in all aspects of our profession is a stronger bar now and in the future;

Whereas, diversifying the practicing bar in Erie County is a core value of the BAEC and central to fulfilling our mission;

Whereas, the BAEC believes that raising awareness of the disparate impact of COVID-19 on women  lawyers, lawyers of color and law students of color will help mitigate actions that adversely affect these affected groups;

Therefore, it is hereby resolved:

The BAEC encourages all of its members to recognize and educate others about the disparate impact of COVID-19 on women lawyers, lawyers of color, and law students of color.

The BAEC supports scheduling the NYS Bar Exam to accommodate non-first-time takers.

The BAEC supports flexibility and civility in scheduling matters with opposing counsel and employees during this pandemic.

The BAEC encourages firms and employers to remain committed to diversity in hiring and promotions during COVID-19, including partnerships and internships and to take a pledge to do so and promote that pledge, Challenge Disparity, Build Diversity.;

The BAEC shall hire a Say Yes Intern.

The BAEC shall create and support a giving circle philanthropy program that will be dedicated to providing funds to support the advancement of women lawyers, lawyers of color, and law students of color in the law.

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Pledge Signees

Eric Bernhardt
Craig Bucki
Oliver Young
Ralph L. Halpern
Sharon Stern Gerstman
Joseph mccarthy
Timothy Graber
Lauren Breen
Julie Bastian
Timothy Hoover
Sharon LoVallo
Sarah O’Brien
Anna Marie Richmond
Kristen Kozlowski
John DiMaio
Patrick Hines
Andrew Freedman
Elizabeth Buscaglia
Leslie Kellogg
Pauline Muto
Ari Goldberg
Meghan Dwyer
Andrew Carroll
Susan Benz
Christopher Cardillo
Lisa Zaccagnino
Carol Snider
Samantha Podlas
Corey Auerbach
Paul Bartlett
Mark McNamara
Gregory Zini
Peter Marlette
Chris Berloth
Tomas Callocchia
Katelynn Johnson
George Collins
Scott Corathers
Margaret Phillips
Sidney Mosher
Sean Balkin
Dennis Bischof
Mary Balkin
Nicole Komin
Kelly Barrett Sarama
Alex Kaczmarek
Patrick Kenney
Marissa Wickett
Lindsay Lougen
Tyler O’Neill
Amy Hemenway
Renee Heitger
Marissa Washington
Anne Downey
Fred Gawronski
Kimberly Cline
Anna McCarthy
Edward Stone
Paul Buchanan
Natalie Lesniak
Kara Addelman
John Horn
Colleen Gable
Maria Valeri
Shelby Scibetta
Sara Stoessel
Hilary Banker
Melinda Saran
Colleen Gough
Lisa Coppola
Howard Rosenhoch
Jody Briandi
Marci Wiseman
Gretchen Gonzalez
Brenda Cisneros Vilchis
Dalya Kefi
Tim OMara
Robert Elardo
Terry Connors
Edward Robinson
Ann Evanko
Dan Kohane
Marina Barci
Michael Roach
Katelyn Niedermier
Daniel Marren
Roslyn McLin
Ashley Lowry
Kara Eyre
Jessie Senske
Alan Carrel
Robert Heary
Kathleen Carmody
Samuel Alba
Karen Richardson
Ilene Fleischmann
David Schopp
Victoria DAngelo
Elizabeth Ingold
Leonardo Sette-Camara
Kelley Omel
Reetuparna Dutta
Charles Carra
Brian Welsh
Carolyn DeVaughn
Jim Schultz
Mary Kohlbacher
Kathleen Sellers
Aimee Hopkins
Miranda Jakubec
David Pfalzgraf
Anne Bowling
Bridget O’Connell
Heather Abraham
Franklin Heller
Harry Meyer
Amber Storr
Rebecca Stadler
Lisa Bloch Rodwin
Glenn Speller
Katie Martin
Linda Grear
Heather Gresham
Daniel Coleman
Susan Kohlbacher
Leanna Pilarski
Peter Crotty
Jennifer Leonardi
Keli Iles-Hernandez
Marianne Mariano
Anaiss Rijo
Stephanie McCance
Mary Carney
Lisa Patterson
Tim Andruschat
Michelle Parker
Robert Brucato
Gayle Murphy
Stephanie Calhoun
Sharon Nosenchuck
Mary Moorman Penn
Barbara Howe
Jennifer Kimura
John Aman
Jamila Lee
Anne Joynt
Doris Carbonell-Medina
Hugh Russ
Christopher Phillips
Daniel Ortega
Ann Nichols
Megan Gomez
Andrea Schillaci
Liz Midgley
Anne Noble
Elizabeth Kraengel
Greg Hirtzel

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