Joseph M. Hanna, co-chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Retail and Hospitality and Sports and Entertainment practices, has been shortlisted for his Outstanding Contribution to Furthering the Advancement of Diversity in the Legal Profession by the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America 2020. This award honors the achievements of individuals who are furthering the advancement of diversity and inclusion across the United States and Canada.
A leading voice for diversity in the legal and business communities, Joe is chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Diversity Task Force, which he founded in 2005 as an associate at the firm. He has held multiple leadership roles in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) as well as diversity-related positions within the DRI and the American Bar Association (ABA), where he served several years as co-chair of the Young Lawyer Leadership Program, chair of the Minority Trial Lawyer Committee, and editor-in-chief of Minority Trial Lawyer. He has received accolades that include the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Awareness) Award, Minority Corporate Counsel Association George B. Vashon Innovator Award, the New York State Bar Association Diversity Trailblazer Award, and the University at Buffalo George W. Thorn Award.
In 2014, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) selected Joe for their Fellows program; he now chairs the New York chapter for the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program. He is also a mentor with New York Legal Education Opportunity (NY LEO), an organization designed to ensure a diverse legal community by promoting academic success in law school for individuals historically underrepresented in the legal profession, and administered through the New York State Judicial Institute. In 2020, he received the Rick Palmore LCLD Alumni Award, the organization’s highest honor.
In addition to his legal practice and leadership in diversity-related positions, Joe is the founder and president of Bunkers in Baghdad, a nonprofit that collects and sends golf equipment to U.S. soldiers and veterans worldwide to aid in recreation and rehabilitation from injuries.