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What Lies Ahead: A Conversation on Diversity in Law

The Women of King & Spalding’s International Arbitration Group in New York invite you to a Diversity CLE program covering developments in the legal industry relating to gender, race, sexual orientation and age, which will conclude with a reception.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
5:30 P.M. – Registration
6:00 P.M. – Seminar
7:00 P.M. – Reception

Please contact Sheila Romero at or +1 212 827 4357 with any questions.


The Honorable Doris Ling-Cohan is a Judge of the New York State Supreme Court. Judge Ling-Cohan was elected to the Court in 2002 and appointed to the Appellate Term, First Department in 2014. She is the first woman of Asian descent to be appointed to an appellate panel in New York state. Judge Ling-Cohan was born in Chinatown, Manhattan, the daughter of Chinese immigrants. Judge Ling-Cohan made national news when she handed down a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs in Hernandez v. Robles, a case in which five gay and lesbian couples sued New York state, arguing that denying them marriage rights violated the state constitution. The decision was subsequently reversed by two appellate courts, but same-sex marriage in New York state became legal in July 2011 under the Marriage Equality Act.

Michele Coleman Mayes is Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary of the New York Public Library. Widely recognized as a leader in legal and philanthropic circles, Ms. Mayes has been the recipient of numerous professional honors, including the ABA's Margaret Brent Award and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association Trailblazer Award. She was named to the National Law Journal's list of "Most Influential General Counsels" in 2009, Ethisphere Institute's "Attorneys Who Matter" list of general counsels in 2011, and received The American Lawyer’s Lifetime Achievement award in 2012. Ms. Mayes is the co-author of Courageous Counsel: Conversations with Women General Counsel in the Fortune 500, which chronicles the rise of women to the role of general counsel.

Zachary W. Carter is the 78th Corporation Counsel of the City of New York. As chief legal officer of the City, he oversees the Law Department, with more than 900 attorneys, who represent the City's interests in thousands of legal matters. As a key legal advisor to the Mayor and his City agencies, Mr. Carter is primarily focused on advancing the City's interests, with a commitment to justice and fair outcomes for individuals. Throughout his career, Mr. Carter has used the law to level the playing field for those seeking equal access to justice and opportunity, free from the burden of discrimination based on race, national origin, gender, sexual preference or economic class. In 1993, he was appointed by President Clinton as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District, the first African-American to hold that office.

Sumeet Chugani is a litigator, turned regulatory consultant, turned senior bank counsel who is now Senior Counsel and Vice President at Citizens Financial Group. Prior to Citizens, he was a regulatory consultant at PwC, and a consumer financial services litigator at Akerman LLP and Diaz, Reus & Targ LLP. Mr. Chugani is head of Diversity & Inclusion for Citizens Bank Legal, and a committee member for PRISM, the bank’s multicultural business resource group. He has led and continues to lead various diversity-based organizations, including being former president and director of the South Asian Bar Association of Florida. Mr. Chugani further pushes D&I as a committee member of the Minorities in the Profession Committee of the New York City Bar and the South Asian Bar Association of New York.


Brianna Kostecka is a Senior Associate of King & Spalding’s International Arbitration Practice in New York. Ms. Kostecka focuses on litigation and arbitration of construction disputes in the energy and manufacturing industries. She has also represented clients in a diverse range of complex matters involving commercial agreements, and has significant experience advising clients on various e-discovery issues. Ms. Kostecka received her J.D. magna cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law and was inducted into the Order of the Coif, and received her B.A. summa cum laude from Loyola College in Maryland. Ms. Kostecka served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marianne Espinosa in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division during the 2010-2011 term.

Event Details

Date: February 27, 2019

Time: 5:30 pm (ET)

Location: King & Spalding
1185 Avenue of the Americas
New York NY 10036

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Kindly RSVP by February 22.