President's Letter

Dear MBBA Family,

What a time to be a Black attorney in America. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined such a battle for the soul of our nation when I was first elected. Despite these challenging times, I am excited and resolute as I step into the role of being the President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association. 
Our communities are at the crossroads of two pandemics. The first, a global health crisis that has highlighted the impact of systemic racism on our communities and has literally cost us our lives.
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In the spotlight...


Tax Law Section Meeting
Mar 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Fireside Chat with Natalie Lamarque General Counsel, New York Life – MBBA Celebrates Women’s History Month
Mar 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Metropolitan Black Bar Association Celebrates Women’s History Month!

“Give Light, And People Will Find The Way.” – Ella Baker

Join Us for a Fireside Chat with Natalie Lamarque to discuss and spotlight her career.
Monday, March 8th
6:00PM -7:00PM

Natalie Lamarque
Senior Vice President & General Counsel, New York Life Insurance Company


Nicole Lester Arrindell
Equitable Holdings, Inc., Senior Director and Government Relations Counsel
MBBA Board of Directors

Natalie Lamarque is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of New York Life Insurance Company with day-to-day oversight of the Office of the General Counsel. She is also a member of the company’s Executive Management Committee.

Prior to joining New York Life, Natalie was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she prosecuted an array of federal crimes as a member of the Organized Crime Unit. Earlier in her career, she was an Associate in the Litigation Department of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Natalie began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Ann Claire Williams, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and to the Honorable Malcolm Howard, United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. 

Natalie serves as a Trustee for City Year, Inc. as well as the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board for City Year New York. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Society of New York. She also serves on the Board of Advisors for New York University’s Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement (PCCE).


MBBA Civil Litigation Section Happy Hour
Mar 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Civil Litigation Section Happy Hour

Join the MBBA Civil Litigation Section to discuss hot topics and upcoming events for this year.

Tuesday, March 9th
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM


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Benefits of Membership

  • Free admission to general meetings and receptions with prominent legal scholars and public speakers.
  • Continuing legal education through workshops and seminars that provide growth and professional development.
  • Increase professional advancement and networking opportunities.
  • Opportunities to positively impact the community through seminars, workshop and mentoring.
  • Affiliation with the National Bar Association.

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MBBA Highlights

2017 MBBA Anniversary Awards Gala

2017 MBBA Anniversary Awards Gala

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