Lillian Moy ('81) receives Diversity Trailblazer Award

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Lillian Moy (’81) received the Diversity Trailblazer Award from the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) on January 22. This annual honor recognizes efforts by an attorney with 10 or more years of experience promoting participation from diverse people. Criteria include encouraging an inclusive workplace, supporting minorities to reach their goals, and using resources to advance the position of minorities throughout the profession.

"I am honored and grateful to receive the Diversity Trailblazer Award. I hope that my diversity work makes it a little easier for other people of color in our profession," Moy said.

As the executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Moy works to develop funding for the program, which provides free legal services to indigent or low-income upstate New Yorkers. The Legal Aid Society’s budget has grown from $1.5 million to $5 million—and the staff has nearly tripled—during Moy’s tenure.

“Because of Lillian Moy, attorneys of color have found a home in the legal profession. Her recruiting and mentoring efforts have helped many attorneys make their mark and inspire others,” said Betty Lugo, co-chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, in a statement from the NYSBA. “The Committee is proud to recognize a true champion for diversity with this award.”

Moy has worked for the Legal Aid Society for 17 years. In addition, Moy is also the vice-president of the 3rd Judicial District and a member of the Membership Committee and the President’s Committee on Access to Justice for the NYSBA.

Reported by Elyssa Sternberg
January 29, 2013

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