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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4/20: Civil Rights & Marijuana Legalization (Complimentary CLE)
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

4/20: Civil Rights & Marijuana Legalization
April 20, 2021
6 – 7:30pm
1.5 CLE Credits: Areas of Professional Practice (Pending)

The panel discussion will focus on various topics, including how the war on drugs and the criminal justice system have adversely impacted communities of color and how legislation has been used to redress a number of inequities caused by a carceral criminal justice system. The panel will review the current cannabis legalization legislation adopted in New York and compare those proposals to recent legalization efforts in NJ, Oregon, and other states.


Hon. Zorah Mamdani
NY State Assembly

Theshia Naidoo
Drug Policy Alliance

Amol Sinha

Professor Terrance Coffie
New York University

Asha Smith
Chair, NYCLA Criminal Justice Section
Co-Chair, MBBA Public Policy & Advocacy Committee
MBBA Board of Directors

Metropolitan Black Bar Association
New York County Lawyers Association
South Asian Bar Association of New York

Association of Black Women Attorneys
Caribbean Attorney Network
Caribbean American Lawyers Association
Dominican Bar Association of New York
Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York
Hispanic National Bar Association, Region II
Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York
Long Island Hispanic Bar Association
Macon B. Allen Black Bar Association
Muslim Bar Association of New York
Puerto Rican Bar Association of New York
South Asian Indo-Caribbean Bar Association of Queens

Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Section Monthly Meeting
Apr 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join the MBBA Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Section for it’s monthly meeting.


MBBA Real Estate Law Section Meeting
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Metropolitan Black Bar Association’s Real Estate Law Section Meeting
Friday, April 23rd
6:00 – 8:00PM

Join Section Co-Chairs Shakiva Pierre & Jerome Frierson to discuss Real Estate hot topics and upcoming events.


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Membership Info

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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