Tasha E. Moore and Jessica M. Lazarin will be presented the New York State Bar Association’s Citations for Special Achievement in Public Service at a reception following the Minority Bar Association’s monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the law offices of Nixon Peabody LLP at 40 Fountain Plaza, Suite 500.
The citations will be presented by State Bar President David Schraver for the women’s work on behalf of the Minority Bar Association of WNY in cofounding the WNY Diversity Task Force that implements local programs handling the long-term development of minority and other youths interested in pursuing a career in law.
“The Minority Bar Association of WNY has a long history of both formal and informal efforts at increasing diversity in the legal profession,” said Ericka N. Bennett, president of the Minority Bar of WNY.
Bennett said the Minority Bar of WNY has interested community representatives to create partnerships with Millard Fillmore College and the University at Buffalo Law School to served underrepresented minority and first-generation college students interested in pursing law school.
She said her organization, through Moore and Lazarin, has also established elementary school and high school programs to educate minority youth about the prospects of a career in law through what is known as the “Goldilocks Program” that periodically stages children’s stories in Buffalo grade schools to teach students about the law.
Moore is regional director of the New York State Division of Human Rights in Buffalo. Lazarin is an immigration staff attorney for the Erie County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project.