The Lawyers Coalition for Racial and Social Justice is a committee comprised of members of MCBA, GRAWA (the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys) and RBBA (the Rochester Black Bar Association). The goal of the committee is to promote racial and social justice. The committee meets once a month to plan events and other efforts to forward its mission and to discuss current issue relating to racial and social justice.

Program Highlight:
Racial Disparities in Housing: How Municipalities, Homeowners, Brokers and Banks Can Help
Originally Aired: Tuesday, June 1, 2021
A discussion of historical and continuing racial disparities in housing, and how all stakeholders can help combat and correct these disparities. SPEAKERS: • Ruhi Maker, Attorney with Empire Justice Center’s Consumer, Finance and Housing Unit, - co-founder Community Development Block Grant Coalition, Greater Rochester Community Reinvestment Coalition. • Melissa Marquez, CEO of Genesee Co-op Federal Credit Union, Board Member of the Community Land Trust, co-founder—Greater Rochester Community Reinvestment Coalition. • Shane Wiegand, Educator, co-lead—Anti-racist Curriculum Project being implemented in certain local school districts. Moderated by Cassandra Rich, Special Counsel at Barclay Damon and MCBA Real Estate Council Member
Racial Disparities in Healthcare: History, Causes & Effects, and Solutions
OriginallyAired: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Moderated by Duwaine Bascoe, Esq., this program examines the history of racial inequity in our health care systems, current racial inequities in delivery of health care, and solutions for the future. A panel of regional and nationally recognized experts will discuss the following topics: Dr. Daryll Dykes - Dr. Dykes, the Chief Diversity Officer at Upstate Medical Center, who also has a J.D.,will discuss the historical framework of health disparities from a legal and regulatory perspective. Melanie Funchess - Ms. Funchess, Director of Community Engagement for the Mental Health Association of Rochester/ Monroe County, will discuss historical and system-based trauma that create and contribute to health disparities and their traumatic impact on mental health of communities of color, including how these traumas contribute to distrust of health care systems. Wade Norwood - Mr. Norwood, CEO of Common Ground Health, will discuss the history of racism in delivery of health care and its relationship to education, housing and employment. Dr. Mahala Schlagman - Dr. Schlagman will discuss her experiences and observations of health disparities locally including how historical oppression can influence individual choices surrounding the COVID vaccine. She will also discuss work being done toward institutional change through multi-sector partnerships. Shane Wiegand - Mr. Wiegand, a community advocate, will address the local history that contributed to racial inequity in delivery of health care, including redlining.

Duwaine Bascoe
Hon. Karen Morris

Kevin Ryan

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