FBA’s Special Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion

1. Roundtable discussion - International Women's Day, March 8, 2018

We will be holding a Roundtable Discussion at Fordham Law School on International Women's Day, March 8, 2018. The topic of the program is "Women's Human Rights Issues -- CEDAW, Migration, and the ‘Particular Social Group’ of Female Migrant Domestic Violence Victims." Dean Toni Jaeger-Fine (FBA International Law Section Advisory Board Member) and FBA SDNY Chapter President Donna Frosco, fully support this effort, and we have the following general outline.

a. UN's goals as to Gender-Based Violence -- Francesca Braga, LLM Student (new FBA Student Member) http://www.unfpa.org/gender-based-violence;

b. Quantifying the problem - Impact on Migration - Gender-Based Violence Victims - Professor Deborah Anker (FBA Member)

c. US efforts to address the problem - ARCG Case - Mimi(?) (approval needed)

d. EU efforts to address the problem - Art. 60 of the Istanbul Convention -- how has implementation been working?, http://website-pace.net/documents/19879/1646080/20130123_RefugeeWomenIstanbulConvention_E.pdf/7a3e4a8d-bc92-47e5-9386-a9b0d78869ba. - Fordham Law Student - TBD

We envision this program as the precursor to submitting a CLE proposal for next year's National FBA Conference on "International Human Rights and Women: Access to and Delivery of Justice." Important goals of these two programs are to attract diverse legal communities to the FBA, to build our external partnerships in support of diversity and inclusion, and to attract and retain student members to the FBA.

2. Historical Reenactment - "22 Lewd Chinese Women: Chy Lung v Freeman" - March 14, 2018

Second, the FBA ILS is partnering with Fordham Law School, the FBA SDNY Chapter, and the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) to hold an event at Fordham Law School on March 14, 2018. At this event, we'll be engaging in an historical reenactment of the case of “22 Lewd Chinese Women: Chy Lung v Freeman," an immigration case that reached the Supreme Court in the 1870s. Second Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Denny Chin (co-author of the reenactment script) will be presiding over the reenactment, which will have 30 actors participating. We think that this program will attract diverse legal communities to the FBA and continue to build our external partnerships in support of diversity and inclusion.

3. Asylum and Immigration Law Conference - February 23, 2018

Third, on February 23, 2018, the FBA ILS is partnering with the FBA SDNY Chapter, the FBA Immigration Law Section, and the New York Law School Safe Passage Project to hold the Third Annual Asylum and Immigration Law Conference. This is a full-day, three-track CLE program that directly incorporates diverse legal communities into the FBA and builds our external partnerships in the New York City legal community that support diversity and inclusion.

4. If Not Now, When? Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and in ADR - Dissemination of this article throughout the FBA SDNY Chapter and the FBA ILS

Fourth, Donna Frosco, FBA SDNY Chapter President, asked that the FBA SDNY disseminate a recent report issued by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) on November 7th in which the NYSBA House of Delegates reported that "women attorneys remain considerably underrepresented in courtrooms across the state as well as in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)." If Not Now, When? Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and in ADR, Commercial & Federal Litigation Section’s Task Force on Women’s Initiatives, available at http://www.nysba.org/WomensTaskForceReport/. "The report is based on the first-ever observational study of women attorneys in the courtroom. It reveals that female attorneys comprise about 25 percent of attorneys in lead counsel roles in courtrooms statewide." We'll be publishing this on the FBA ILS website, as well.

5. The Federal Lawyer - International Law Issue - March 2018

Fifth, the FBA ILS is proud to be editing the March 2018 TFL Issue. Among the many articles that we'll be publishing, the following are aligned with the mission of this Task Force:

a. Judith Wood, Esq., Current Standards for Applying International Refugee Law to U.S. Asylum Law  

b. Francesca Braga - Combating Human Trafficking in Cambodia

6. United Nations Consultative Status Application

Sixth, the FBA ILS and the FBA SDNY Chapter spearheaded the FBA Task Force that drafted the FBA's United Nations Consultative Status Application that was submitted to the Economic and Social Counsel (ECOSOC) earlier this year. That application is under review, and upon approval, both groups hope to become active participants in global programs that are aligned with diversity and inclusion, as well as access to and delivery of justice. Moreover, this status will permit the FBA as a whole to advance its goals at an elevated status.

Thank you for your time and attention regarding this important matter.

Sincerely,

Mimi Tsankov

Chair, FBA International Law Section

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