On behalf of the Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association, we welcome and thank you for being a part of our first Judicial Reception. First, we would like to thank the Chair of our Program Committee, Pat Rodriguez, and the Program Committee Members, the Board of Directors, and more specifically, Gloria Herron Arthur who were so instrumental in the success of this event.
The founders of this great organization envisioned a diverse legal profession – diverse among both its practitioners and its judiciary. In the words of one of the founders, the Honorable Randolph Treece, “No other issue has aroused the passion of the CDBHBA as much as the absence of judges of color.” With that vision in mind, the CDBHBA has remained committed to bringing awareness to the importance of a diverse judiciary in this state.
Today we celebrate the appointment of the Honorable Jenny Rivera and the Honorable Sheila Abdus-Salaam to the New York State Court of Appeals. While there is still significant progress to be made towards achieving a diverse judiciary, these appointments serve as inspiration to the members of this organization that our efforts have not gone unnoticed.
William T. Little