2024 NJSBA Diversity Summit

Date: Jan 25, 2024 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: 1 Constitution Sq, New Brunswick and Online

Member Price: $125

Non-Member Price: $225

Event Code: B01252402

Areas of Law: Diversity, For All Attorneys





2024 NJSBA Diversity Summit

Repeating, Rebounding and Breaking Through: The Future of DEI in the Legal Profession

In the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on affirmative action in higher education and the associated backlash against DEI initiatives across the nation, a troubling question keeps surfacing: Will the future of DEI be a repeat of the past? As the profession contemplates the impact that technology and the multigenerational workplaces will have on the practice of law, how will the quest to correct historical and systemic inequities rebound? Will age-old injustices simply replicate in new contexts, or is there an opportunity for real breakthrough?

Join us on Jan. 25 for this year’s New Jersey State Bar Association Diversity Summit, a must-attend educational and networking event that will undertake a comprehensive examination of the future the legal profession and the law through the lens of equity, inclusion and accessibility. The daylong event includes breakfast, lunch and a post-event networking reception.


This program is co-sponsored by: Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey, Garden State Bar Association, Association of Black Women Lawyers, Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey, as well as the NJSBA Minorities in the Profession, Labor & Employment Law, LGBTQ Rights and Women in the Profession sections and the NJSBA Young Lawyers Division.


NJSBA Members: $125

Co-Sponsoring Organization Members: $125 (with code from the organization - enter at checkout)

NJSBA Non-Members: $225



Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Timothy F. McGoughran, President, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Valerie Jackson, Co-Chair, New Jersey State Bar Association Diversity Committee; Trustee, NJSBA

Young Lawyer Perspectives on Workplace DEI

  • Moderator: Christopher L. Jackson, Associate, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney
  • Rasmeet Chahil, Counsel, Lowenstein Sandler
  • Katrina Homel, Associate Director of Legal Services and Member Rights, New Jersey Education Association; Chair, NJSBA Young Lawyers Division
  • Jason Stump, Phillips and Associates
  • Justin Perez, Co-President, Latin American Law Student Association, Seton Hall Law

Technology’s Promise and Perils for DEI

  • Moderator: Raymond M. Brown, Partner, Pashman Stein Walder Hayden
  • Naju R. Lathia, Partner, Day Pitney
  • Sajed Naseem, Chief Information Security Officer, New Jersey Courts
  • Dillon Reisman, Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey

The Multi-Generational Workplace

  • Moderator: Rhasheda Douglas, Assistant Dean of the Minority Student Program at Rutgers Law Camden
  • Leonard V. Jones, Associate, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney
  • Diana Manning, Firm Managing Principal, Bressler, Amery & Ross; Secretary, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Brenda Maneri, First Assistant Prosecutor, Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Timothy F. McGoughran, President, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Jazlyne Caban, Assistant Prosecutor, Burlington County Prosecutor's Office

Lunch Break

Building and Expanding the Pipeline in a Post SFFA v. Harvard/UNC World

  • Moderator: Diana-Marie Laventure, Associate, Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan
  • Anna Maria Tejada, Partner, Saul Ewing
  • Robert Johnson, Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Corporate, Gibbons
  • Kirsten S. Branigan, Managing Partner, KSBranigan Law
  • Clifford D. Dawkins, Assistant Dean and Director of the Minority Student Program, Rutgers Law.

DEI Futures: Doing the Work and Breaking Through

  • Valerie Jackson, Diversity Officer & Legal Liaison, New Jersey Department of the Treasury
  • James A. Lewis V, Chief Diversity Officer, Cole Schotz; President, Garden State Bar Association
  • J. Danielle Carr, Chief Officer of Inclusion, Lowenstein Sandler; President, Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals
  • John L. Shahdanian II, Director, Trenk Isabel Siddiqi & Shahdanian

Coffee and Cookies Networking Reception

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 5 hours of total CLE credit, including 5.0 in Diversity (Full Credits Available: NJ Beginner Diversity : 5.0).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Diversity Non-Transitional: 5.0
PA CLE:PA Ethics Credit: 4.0
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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If you need to cancel your registration and are not transferring to another program or date, please submit a written request to us at least three business days before the event, meeting, or gathering. You will receive a refund minus a $20.00 cancellation fee. No refunds or registration changes will be issued within three business days of the event, meeting, or gathering.

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The New Jersey State Bar Association is committed to promoting and fostering a diverse and inclusive bar association. The Association recognizes that the broad concept of diversity includes race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age and disability. The NJSBA fosters and promotes an inclusive environment that gives value to the unique contributions of diverse individuals and organizations in all aspects of the Association.

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