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Welcome from the Co-Chairs

Martin Luther King notably said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” We, as Co-Chairs of the Minority Bar Committee will not remain silent and neither will our committee. The mission of the Minority Bar Committee is to “assure full and equal participation of minorities in the PBA, the legal profession, and the justice system in general.”

We uphold the core values and beliefs of our mission as seen in our programming and initiatives.  We remain committed to promoting diversity, equity, equality, and justice in the legal profession and world as a whole.

The Minority Bar Committee proactively stands at the forefront of issues that impact people of color and minorities. This stand includes our Houston’s Legacy Newsletter, which highlights current events that directly impact communities of color. Further, this stand includes Minority Law Day, which is geared towards exposing inner-city youth to the legal profession. This stand also includes Minority Law Day and the Diversity Summit, which are aimed at tackling a plethora of systemic issues that impact communities of color and the minority population.

We want to take this moment to remind all members of the Minority Bar Committee that we stand in solidarity with you.  Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss these issues, your feelings, develop a potential program or event, or anything else that may be of concern.

Further, we invite all members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association to join with us.

Finally, we ask that all members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association commit to the mission of the Minority Bar Committee by adding your voice, mind, and hands to “assure full and equal participation of people of color and minorities in the PBA, the legal profession, and the justice system in general.”

Best Regards,

Anthony Cox

Anthony Cox, Co- Chair 

Su Ming Yeh

Su Ming Yeh, Co- Chair 

PBA Minority Bar Committee 2021-2022

Featured Member: Ana Paulina Gomez

Ana Paulina Gomez

Ana Paulina Gomez has been a long-time member of the Minority Bar Committee and she actively contributes to its projects. She recently finished a three-year term as the editor of the MBC’s Houston’s Legacy newsletter column, “First, but not the last!” In her service on the newsletter, she has interviewed various lawyer leaders who broke glass ceilings and opened doors of opportunity and representation in the minority legal community. She is a member of many committees and sections of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and in her services she also leads. She is co-chair of the Government Attorneys Committee, and a Council Member on the Administrative Law Section. More recently, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recognized her excellence and appointed her to the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. Brava Ana Paulina!

Ana Paulina works for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department where she represents the Department in litigation before administrative tribunals and appellate courts. She also provides the Department with legal advice regarding complex insurance issues, legislation, and regulations. Ms. Gomez is also an Adjunct Professor at Penn State Dickinson Law where she teaches Insurance Law. Prior to joining the Insurance Department, she worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Education where she litigated educator misconduct cases and Right-to-Know Law matters at the administrative and appellate level. Prior to joining the OGC, Ms. Gomez was an Assistant District Attorney at the York County District Attorney's Office from 2012 until 2015. Prior to her work as an ADA, Ms. Gomez clerked for the Hon. Thomas Kelley in York County immediately after graduating from law school. Ms. Gomez attended the Penn State Dickinson School of Law where she interned for the Hon. Yvette Kane, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and served as a Senior Editor for the Penn State Environmental Law Review and a Miller Center for Public Interest Fellow. Ms. Gomez is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is also a trained mediator.

Ana Paulina was born and raised in Mexico, and now she lives with her husband and children in Central Pennsylvania. When she is not teaching, working or playing with her children, she can be found collecting household items for refugees, helping locals in need, and helping immigrant families in the Harrisburg area. She loves to play softball, read, cook, ski and kayak. We are grateful for Ana Paulina’s membership because she is a role model for service and engagement.

#LawyerLeader

#ImmigrantsGetTheJobDone

#FirstButNotTheLast

Congratulations, Ana!

Past Featured Members

Nicola Henry Taylor


Mission

The mission of the Minority Bar Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (hereinafter PBA) is to assure full and equal participation of minorities in the PBA, the legal profession, and the justice system in general. In order to achieve this mission, the Minority Bar Committee will:

  • Identify and promote opportunities that allow minorities within the legal profession to participate fully in the work, responsibilities, and rewards of the PBA and the legal profession in general. Included in this objective are matters relating to the advancement of minorities within law firms and other professional and business entities, job opportunities for minorities, elimination of racial discrimination in the legal profession and within the broader community, and effective avenues for minority lawyers and judges to avail themselves of opportunities within the PBA to address issues of special interest to minority lawyers.
  • Monitor the current status of minorities in the legal profession and the justice system in general, identify their career paths and goals, and actively promote their advancement and achievement.
  • Develop educational programs in the way of seminars and surveys, among other measures, to address discrimination against minorities within the legal profession, and the justice system in general.
  • Make recommendations to the PBA Board of Governors and House of Delegates for action on issues affecting minorities within the legal profession and the justice system in general.
  • Make recommendations to the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of government, and other groups within the justice system on issues affecting racial minorities and their communities in accordance with the PBA Bylaws.

 

 

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Phone: 800-932-0311

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