Meet Mirna

Mirna Martinez Santiago has more than 20 years of legal experience and lectures on an array of topics – with a focus on diversity, inclusion and the elimination of bias – and has published on legal, as well as non-legal subjects. Mirna created the Girls Rule the Law program and conference to introduce underprivileged and underrepresented middle and high school girls to the law, legislature and judiciary. Mirna has been featured in Latina Magazine and on NBC News speaking about the Afro-Latina experience.

Bar & Court Admissions

State Courts of New York; U.S. District Court for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York.


New York University, B.A., 1992; State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law, J.D.,1995; Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Certificate in Magazine and Book Publishing, 2001

Professional Honors

2019 - Present:  Chair, Diversity Committee, New York State Bar Association

2017 – Present: Delegate, 2nd Department, New York State Bar Association House of Delegates   

2015 – 2016: 

Chair: Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section of the New York State Bar Association   

2014 – 2016: Defense Association of New York Diversity Initiative, Planning Committee   2012: New York State Bar Association: Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section Award for Outstanding Chair (Diversity)   2010: New York State Bar Association: Sheldon Hurtwitz Young Lawyer Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Practice of Law in the Field of Insurance

Language Skills

Spanish (fluently spoken and written)

Garifuna (fluently spoken)