Kenneth Standard Featured in “New York Lawyer Kenneth G. Standard to Receive 2017 ABA Spirit of Excellence Award”American Bar Association November 4, 2016
Kenneth G. Standard, General Counsel Emeritus and Of Counsel, in the firm’s New York office, was featured in “New York Lawyer Kenneth G. Standard to Receive 2017 ABA Spirit of Excellence Award.” Mr. Standard will receive the award on February 4, 2017, in recognition of his commitment to racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession.
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Standard is a pathfinder whose leadership throughout his life as the “first” has created an array of opportunities for many. He inspired his colleagues in the New York State Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section to create an internship program to provide summer in-house internship positions for law students from a diverse range of backgrounds. That effort also led to his creation of the New York State Bar Association Youth Law Day programs that have provided thousands of inner-city high school students with the opportunity to spend the day at a New York State law school taking mock classes and interacting with diverse lawyers, law students and law faculty. Standard and his late wife, Valerie, established an educational opportunity fund at the New York State Bar Foundation.
Another path led to Standard’s inclusion in The HistoryMakers collection, a series of audio and video clips of African-Americans who have influenced history that is archived at the Library of Congress.
Standard is a former member of Epstein Becker & Green PC (EBG), was the firm’s first general counsel and is now general counsel emeritus. Standard also is chair emeritus of EBG’s National Diversity and Professional Development Committee, which includes members from each of its 13 offices nationwide. He also is a popular public speaker, both nationally and internationally.