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Betty Lawrence Lewis

New York City Law Department, Bronx Tort Division
Borough Chief
Bronx, NY, USA


Betty Lawrence Lewis has been an Assistant Corporation Counsel with the New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel since 1989.  She is the Borough Chief of the Bronx Tort Division. Ms. Lewis served as Chair of the Law Department's Diversity Recruitment and Retention Committee from 2003 to 2007. Prior to joining the Corporation Counsel's Office, she worked as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, and before that, The Center for Constitutional Rights. As a law graduate, she was a Reginald Haber Smith Fellow at Westchester Legal Services. Ms. Lewis has taught at various colleges since 1987. She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at New York City College of Technology. She has also participated in seminars and continuing legal education on numerous topics of interest to the legal community including diversity, trial practice and/or training, settlement negotiations and civil rights issues. Throughout her legal career she has worked on promoting diversity in the legal profession. In the position of Chair of the Law Department's Diversity Committee, Ms. Lewis  made significant contributions to increasing promotional opportunities for all at the Law Department through the senior counsel program. In so doing, she helped to create a more diverse group of senior counsels at the Law Department. Ms. Lewis has received awards for outstanding achievement and outstanding public service from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the New York County Lawyers' Association respectively. In 2007 she received the Jane M. Bolin Diversity Leadership Award. The Jane Bolin Award is conferred at the discretion of the Corporation Counsel in recognition of the outstanding contributions and significant impact by an exceptional member of the Law Department in promoting and advocating the diversity goals of the Law Department. Ms Lewis was the first recipient of the award. Ms Lewis is presently a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and as such, she is involved in its efforts to encourage and promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
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