President’s Letter

Dear MBBA Members,

It is my honor and privilege to serve as the 19th President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA).  I want to thank my predecessor, mentor, and good friend, Paula T. Edgar, for her service and commitment to our organization.  Under President Edgar’s stewardship, we have become a stronger and more effective bar association.  We thank “Coach Paula” for her leadership.  I would also like to congratulate all the officers and board members elected to serve the MBBA at last week’s Annual Membership Meeting.  Together, we can make a difference.   

Moving forward, we will continue the traditional work of the MBBA.  We will 1) organize programming aimed at developing the professional skills of our membership 2) help young and aspiring lawyers cultivate the hard and soft skills needed to become successful practitioners and 3) fight for greater diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.  However, we are also going to be more active in addressing social justice issues and improving the administration of law.  We will make sure our members are prepared for leadership opportunities in the judiciary.  We will advocate for reforms that will ensure a fairer and more equitable criminal justice system.  We will launch a network of legal clinics so that individuals living in low-income neighborhoods have access to legal representation.  We will become the change agent our community needs us to be.  
However, in order for the MBBA to be successful, we need your help.  Renew your MBBA membership or become a new member.  Join a committee, host an event, and become a solution!  It’s time that the MBBA, the largest association of African American attorneys in New York, realize its potential as a change agent.  Let’s get to work. 
Jason M. Clark
President, Metropolitan Black Bar Association