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DANY Sends Governor Ratings of Candidates for Court of Appeals Vacancy

On May 13, 2021, the Defense Association of New York's President, Teresa A. Klaum, Esq., sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo with DANY's ratings for the seven nominees under consideration for Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, in connection with the vacancy on the Court.  To assist with the appointment process, DANY's Judiciary Screening Committee reviewed each nominee's background, decisions and/or writings.  The Committee then conducted personal interviews with all seven of the nominees via Zoom on May 12, 2021.  A link to a copy of the press release with the ratings of each nominee appears below:

DANY press release re screening committee results (May 13 2021).pdf

DANY Diversity - Brooklyn Legal Pipeline Initiative

DANY's Diversity Committee wishes to call attention to the 2021 Brooklyn Legal Pipeline Initiative.  This is an annual program for college students that DANY co-sponsors with the Brooklyn Bar Association, the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association and the NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers.  Rolling admissions are open through January 29, 2021.  The program runs from February through August of 2021.  To learn more, please review the brochure with application that is made available at the link below, and kindly publicize this opportunity with as many people in your networks as possible. Also, please let us know if you or any members of your firm would be interested in becoming involved.

We are also seeking firms who would be willing to provide our participants with an 8 week  summer internship opportunity. Because our target participants are economically disadvantaged we are encouraging firms that are interested in providing internship opportunities  to commit to providing the participants with a $1,000 stipend to cover their transportation and incidental costs. We have high hopes for this program and are grateful to DANY and its leadership for its ongoing commitment to developing a more inclusive legal community.  Please contact Claire Rush at  Link for Pipeline Program brochure with application:

The Brooklyn Legal Pipeline Initiative.pdf

DANY Law Student Scholarship Opportunity

The Defense Association of New York proudly announces that it will award two $2,000.00 scholarships to law students who, through education and future practice, are looking to improve the services of the legal profession, elevate the standard of trial practice, support and work for the improvement of the adversarial system of jurisprudence in our courts, and facilitate and expedite the trial of disputed claims.  Details for the 2021 Scholarship to follow.  

DANY Diversity Initiative - May 31, 2016 Session

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DANY Diversity Initiative Program - Career Empowerment for Diverse Attorneys: Leadership, Mentorship and Rainmaking

March 29, 2016 - November 29, 2016

Dear DANY Member,

The Defense Association of New York is pleased to announce that it will offer its award winning leadership and business development training program for women and diverse attorneys in 2016. This program entitled “Career Empowerment for Diverse Attorneys: Leadership, Mentorship and Rainmaking” is being held through November 29, 2016 at the New York State Insurance Fund.  It is providing 25 women and diverse attorneys with direct training in leadership and business development skills. The DANY Diversity Initiative aims to teach mid-level women and diverse attorneys how to effectively compete for leadership positions, negotiate work arrangements and successfully pursue professional opportunities.  This program promotes the retention and success of women and diverse attorneys through direct instruction and mentoring. The cost for individual applicants is $600.                       

Why Attend? Attorneys  participating in the DANY Diversity Initiative will receive one to one coaching sessions and 10 hours of formal instruction in leadership and business development skills from seasoned business coaches. They will additionally be assigned to smaller groups of 5 facilitated by DANY’s professional coaches where they will receive hands on instruction in a supportive group setting.  Most importantly, participating attorneys will be paired with a volunteer mentor drawn from a panel of seasoned diverse litigators committed to fostering long term mentoring relationships.

Industry Networking Sessions:   Panel discussions and networking events will be held in September, October and November 2016. Leading attorneys from the public and private sector as well as members of the judiciary will discuss the skills women and diverse attorneys need to develop in order to succeed in the courtroom, advance their careers and compete for business as outside counsel. Following each of the panel discussions the DANY Initiative participants, panel members and representatives from the sponsoring law firms will attend an intimate networking reception.

Sponsorship:   Law firm sponsors are  guaranteed acceptance of one qualified applicant from the firm, recognition of their sponsorship on all program  and promotional materials and an invitation for one additional firm member to attend the moderated panel discussions and networking sessions with judges, corporate counsel, governmental attorneys and representatives from major insurance companies and Fortune 500 Companies.  The cost of a law firm sponsorship is $1,500. Law firms interested in sponsoring the Diversity Initiative should contact the undersigned or Connie McClenin, the executive director of DANY.

We hope your firm will consider supporting this initiative by publicizing it to your women and diverse associates or by becoming a law firm sponsor. Below for your reference is a link to a copy of DANY's Diversity Initiative Brochure. The program has already received much favorable attention as evidenced by an article that appeared in the  New York Law Journal; see the second link below. If you have any questions please feel free to give me a call.  

2016 DANY Diversity Initiative Brochure

2015 NYLJ Diversity Initiative Honorees

Warm Regards,


Claire F. Rush
Rush & Sabbatino, PLLC
111 John  Street, Suite 800
New York, NY 10038
(O) (212) 600-2454          
(F) (212) 600-2533
(M) (917) 623-5179    


DANY Law Student Writing Competition - Rolling Program

January 2015

The Defense Association of New York, celebrating its 50th Anniversary, is proud to offer a writing competition for enrolled law school students.  For details, please click on the following link:  Memorandum - DANYWritingCompetition   

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