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For Immediate Release


Kate Coscarelli

Sr. Director, Communications


New Jersey State Bar Association Hosts Third Annual Diversity Summit

New Brunswick -- A noted author and the president-elect of the American Bar Association are among the featured speakers at today's Third Annual Diversity Summit.


Stephen Young is a senior partner of Insight Education Systems, a management consulting firm specializing in leadership and organizational development services. He frequently consults with senior executives and management teams of Fortune 500 companies. He is the originator of the seminar “MicroInequities: The Power of Small” and author of Micromessaging: Why Great Leadership Is Beyond Words. Young is also the former chief diversity officer at JP Morgan Chase where he managed the firm's worldwide diversity strategy.


In addition to Young and a discussion about the state bar association’s long-range diversity plan, ABA President-Elect James R. Silkenat will discuss efforts by the nation’s largest lawyers group to promote diversity.


The summit is an opportunity to get together and learn more about recent trends, gain perspective and collaborate with colleagues as to how best to achieve equality for all, organizers said.  


“The state bar association has a longstanding commitment to promote access to the justice system and fairness in its administration, and events like the summit allows us to better appreciate where gaps still remain and develop solutions to resolve those situations,” said President Kevin P. McCann.


Trustee and event organizer William Ferreira, added: “I view it as an opportunity to celebrate what makes us unique, and to bring awareness to those challenges that continue to persist both in our profession and the community as a whole.”


The summit will be held Feb. 25, starting at 2 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. It will be followed by the Minority Judges Reception.