President’s Letter

paula-edgar-200-300Dear MBBA Members and Supporters:

As I begin my second year as the President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA), I would like to thank each of you for your commitment and dedication to the MBBA. We had a very successful 2016 - 2017 bar year, and I look forward to continuing to work 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. 

In my first year as MBBA President, my theme for the organization were the Four P’s: Partnership; Pipeline; Professional Development; and Presence. We successfully achieved these goals by partnering with more organizations on a number of new programs. Some of the highlights include partnering with New York City Small Business Services to assist members in becoming a certified Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise with New York City; providing 1,250 students with backpacks with pre-filled school supplies with the Second Annual Honorable Sheila Abdul-Salaam Backpack Drive; developing new programs and webinars to enhance our members’ practical skills; and establishing a greater presence in our community through the “I Am A Solution” social justice initiative.

For the second year of my Presidency, IMPACT is our theme: Innovation; Mentoring; Partnership, Advocacy, Community, and Training. We will focus on how the MBBA will have a greater influence on the legal community as well as the broader communities we serve. 

As the largest Black Bar Association in the tristate area, we will focus on how the organization will IMPACT our attorneys, the pipeline, and our communities. To do this we need your input and participation throughout the bar year to achieve this goal. 

As we work to have IMPACT, here is what I need from each of you now:

(1) Join - become a member of MBBA. Encourage your friends, family and colleagues to join as well (non-lawyers are welcome to join, too). Our members have always been the driving force of our IMPACT; (2) Partner - be an active member by participating on projects or bringing resources to the organization to support our work; and (3) Lead - drive a committee, a project, or initiative as they relate to the goals at large so that we continue to make an IMPACT.

To learn more about the MBBA, membership benefits and to join, please visit our website and go to the Membership tab, If you would like to renew your membership or check your membership status, contact our Vice President of Membership, Nadine Etienne Bazilze at And as always, please feel free to contact me directly at: president@mbbanyc.orzg.

We encourage you to follow us on our social media pages and spread the word about the MBBA on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Share your feedback and input using #MBBANYC.

It is an honor to serve as President of the MBBA and I look forward to your continued engagement, feedback, and support during my final year as President.

Kind regards,

Paula T. Edgar
President, Metropolitan Black Bar Association

P.S. Save the date for the MBBA’s 34th Annual Awards Gala on Friday, May 18, 2018!