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FALA-NY Event with Commissioner of NYC Commission on Human Rights
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When: 10/29/2015
7:00 PM
Where: Hinshaw & Culbertson
800 Third Avenue, 13th Floor
New York, New York 
United States

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Filipino American Heritage Month: Spotlight on Fil-Am Leadership

A Conversation with Carmelyn P. Malalis, Chair and Commissioner of the NYC Commission on Human Rights

When: October 29, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Hinshaw &Culbertson, 800 Third Avenue, 13th Floor, New York NY

RSVP:  Space is limited, and spots are going fast, so please RSVP by October 28, 2015 to if you would like to attend.  

Cap off Fil-Am Heritage Month with FALA NY in a conversation with the first Filipina American Chair and Commissioner of the NYC Commission on Human Rights, Carmelyn P. Malalis.  Commissioner Malalis will discuss her career path, the challenges she faced as a woman and a minority in the law, and the current outlook for the advancement of minority women in leadership positions.  Moderated by Connie Montoya (Hinshaw & Culbertson, partner).


Chair and Commissioner

Carmelyn P. Malalis was appointed Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights (the Commission) in November 2014, by Mayor Bill de Blasio following more than a decade in private practice as an advocate for employees’ rights in the workplace.

Prior to her appointment, Commissioner Malalis was a partner at Outten & Golden LLP. She joined the firm in 2004 where she co-founded and co-chaired its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Workplace Rights Practice Group; co-chaired its Disability and Family Responsibilities Discrimination Practice Group; and successfully represented employees in negotiations, agency proceedings, and litigation involving claims of sexual harassment, retaliation, and discrimination based on race, national origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy, disability, and religion.  She is currently a member of the New York City Bar Association's Executive Committee and has held a variety of leadership roles with other groups, including co-chairing the Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession for the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, serving on the Advisory Committee of the LGBT Rights Project at Human Rights Watch, chairing the New York City Bar’s Committee on LGBT Rights, and serving on the board of Queers for Economic Justice. In 2014, Commissioner Malalis co-planned and co-facilitated the inaugural Employment Law Institute at the National Lesbian & Gay Law Association’s annual Lavender Law Conference.  She has been a member of the New York State Bar Association, the National Lesbian & Gay Law Association, and the Lesbian & Gay Law Association of Greater New York.

Commissioner Malalis earned her J.D. from the Northeastern University School of Law and received a B.A. in Women's Studies from Yale University.  She and her wife live in Brooklyn with their two children.