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Oct 19, 2017

Three bars join together to raise important discussion at CLE: diversity, inclusion and retention

On Sept. 25, the three local bar associations — The Monroe County Bar Association (MCBA), The Rochester Black Bar Association (RBBA) and The Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys (GRAWA) — hosted a CLE program titled “Diversity, Inclusion and Retention: Promoting Equality within the Legal Profession,” led by Duwaine Bascoe, Esq. The panelists were Kevin […]

Dec 16, 2011

AG Holder vows to enforce voting rights

Attorney General Eric Holder vowed last week to fully enforce civil rights protections in next year’s elections amid a flurry of activity by states to redraw political boundaries and impose requirements that could reduce voting by minorities who enthusiastically supported Barack Obama in the 2008 election. Giving his most expansive speech on civil rights since […]

Sep 13, 2011

Obama increases number of female, minority judges

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is moving at a historic pace to try to diversify the nation’s federal judiciary: Nearly three of every four people he has gotten confirmed to the federal bench are women or minorities. He is the first president who hasn’t selected a majority of white males for lifetime judgeships.

Apr 29, 2011

Report: Refinancing more difficult for minorities

A report released by the Empire Justice Center last week indicates members of “communities of color” in Rochester and six other cities across the country were denied access to conventional home refinancing far more than members of predominantly white neighborhoods.

Sep 1, 2010

ESDC frees up small biz loan money

Officials from the Empire State Development Corporation are looking for small community banks and credit unions to help them loan out $50 million to minority and women-owned businesses and other small businesses.

Jun 24, 2010

Empire Justice: Lending cut in low-income areas

A report released Wednesday by the Empire Justice Center shows prime mortgage lending decreased between 2006 and 2008, and documents that low-income and minority neighborhoods were hardest hit by the slowdown.

Jun 22, 2010

Jury diversity bill now law

The Jury Pool Fair Representation Act was included among a package of 18 bills signed by Gov. David A. Paterson earlier this month. The legislation “will help provide us with the information ...

May 20, 2010

TARP banks cut lending to Rochester minorities

A report released May 13 says the number of low-cost home loans made between 2006 and 2008 dropped significantly and that minorities were affected most by the decline in lending.

Mar 30, 2010

SCOTUS: Jury selection process unconstitutional

In a unanimous opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that a defendant had not shown that a jury selection process that allegedly drained minorities from the jury pool before jurors in felony trials could be chosen was unconstitutional.

Mar 4, 2010

MWBE contracts up

Between 2007 and 2009, 310 businesses owned by minorities and women became state contractors for the first time.

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