New Jersey State Bar Association to hold Diversity Summit Feb. 17 - Day to foster diversity, inclusion in the profession

For Immediate Release


Kate Coscarelli

Sr. Director, Communications


New Brunswick: An award-winning author will be the featured speaker at the fifth annual Diversity Summit.


At the Feb. 17 summit, Mark Curriden will discuss how a lynching case changed the practice of law, created the modern day habeas corpus practice and gave the legal profession two heroes whose commitment to law, justice and their clients should be heralded.


The case Curriden will discuss involved a young black man falsely accused of rape who was railroaded through the justice system, the two African-American lawyers who helped him, and the first successful federal habeas corpus action in a state criminal case, which claimed that their client’s rights to due process and equal protection under the U.S. Constitution had been violated.

In addition to Curriden’s continuing legal education presentation, the day will include a discussion about the ongoing work to develop the details of the state bar association’s strategic diversity plan. The day will close with a networking reception.


The summit is an opportunity to get together and learn more about recent trends, gain perspective and collaborate with colleagues regarding 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 allow us to celebrate the unique nature of the New Jersey legal community, better appreciate where challenges still remain and develop solutions to address those situations that persist in the profession and society,” said President Paris P. Eliades.


To foster that discussion, the leaders of the New Jersey State Bar Association will gather with representatives of the many bar groups in the state that represent diverse segments of the legal community to discuss issues of mutual concern prior to the summit.


The summit starts at 2:30 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. To find out more or register, visit