I am proud to serve as the new President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) and I look forward to working with the Board and Officers of the organization to support the black legal community as we continue our mission towards advancing equality and excellence in the pursuit of justice.
Our Association pushes forward this mission each year, and it is only right that the goals we set also facilitate advancement in the legal community at large. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”... Read more »
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MBBA Members and Supporters:
The past few days have been heartbreaking and challenging with the recent killings of black citizens by police officers and subsequent violence. These incidences, while caught on video and seemingly unlawful, do not guarantee that justice will be levied to any of the officers involved. As an organization of black lawyers committed to advancing justice in our community we cannot stay silent or inactive. Many community members have reached out to express their desire for action and direction to create meaningful change in this area. I’m writing to let you know about MBBA’s ongoing initiatives to address this issue, provide you with suggestions on individual and concerted action and to request additional ideas and your participation in our efforts going forward.
The MBBA’s Ongoing Initiatives:
- MBBA & Office of the Police Commissioner of the NYPD: The MBBA scheduled various meetings around the boroughs with the Office of the Police Commissioner of the NYPD to discuss how we as attorneys can partner with the NYPD to better serve the community. This collaborative effort was designed to foster a genuine dialogue with our law enforcement partners and encourage MBBA members to join the MBBA Board of Directors and Officers in participating at each forums. MBBA intends to continue these forums in all five boroughs and encourages its members to participate in these robust discussions with our police department in the next year.