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Deirdre Stanley
Deirdre Stanley is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information. In this capacity Ms. Stanley oversees all aspects of the company's legal affairs and leads the day-to-day operations of the global legal department, which includes over 120 lawyers in 15 countries. She also is responsible for the company's government and regulatory affairs function, and serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors. Ms. Stanley is a member of the Thomson Reuters Executive Committee.

Ms. Stanley, who became General Counsel of Thomson Reuters upon its formation in 2008, joined The Thomson Corporation as General Counsel in 2002. Prior to that time, Ms. Stanley held various legal and senior executive positions, including Deputy General Counsel, at lAC (previously, USA Networks, Inc.). From 1997 to 1999, Ms. Stanley served as Associate General Counsel for GTE Corporation (a predecessor company to Verizon), where she headed the mergers and acquisitions practice group. She began her career as a corporate associate with the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Ms. Stanley serves on the Board of Directors of the Hospital for Special Surgery and the Board of Directors of Con Edison, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Executive Leadership Council. Ms. Stanley holds a bachelor's degree from Duke University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was a member of the Harvard Law Review.

Ms. Stanley is featured in Savoy 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers list, and Ethisphere's list of "Attorneys Who Matter" (2009 and 2010). Ms Stanley received the Inside Counsel's Transformative Leadership Award (2011) and the National Law Journal's 20 Most Influential General Counsel recognition (2009). Additionally, Ms. Stanley was honored for her leadership and commitment to the community and advancement of women and girls at the 2009 Girl Scouts Tribute Dinner in New York City.

Patrice P. Jean


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Patrice P. Jean
Patrice P. Jean has over a decade of experience counseling leading and startup companies in all areas of intellectual property law. In particular, she is adept at asserting and defending the patent rights underlying the core technologies and innovations of leading pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology companies. She also defends her clients against claims asserted by competitors, sparing them billions of dollars in damages. Additionally, her patent and trademark prosecution practice strengthens her litigation abilities and allows her to advocate for her clients before the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office as well as in court. Patrice regularly calls on her technical background in the life sciences to offer her clients an in-depth understanding of the complex science relative to each prosecution and litigation matter that she handles. This vantage point leaves her well-positioned to understand the complex science behind her clients’ innovations as well as the broader market implications. Prior to law school, Patrice earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology. She conducted research in various areas of biology and biochemistry including virology, oncology, kidney disease, X-ray crystallography and narcotics addiction. Her doctoral thesis is titled “Tissue, Strain, Gender and Age Variation in the Induction of p53 Activated Transcripts in Response to Cellular Stress.”

Legislation Committee

  • Responsible for looking over pending legislation for items which it thinks will have impact on the members of the Association or its natural constituency, and
  • After bringing the items and its recommendations before the Board and the Association, taking such action as the Board or the Association deems proper

Asha Smith, Chair

Asha Smith is a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society. Beginning her career in 2007, Asha represented indigent defendants as a Public Defender in the Criminal Defense Practice. Currently she represents New York City’s most vulnerable citizens as a Staff Attorney in the Housing Unit in the Civil Practice.

Asha received her law degree from New York Law School in 2007. She was  a member of the school’s Justice Action Center where she focused on Social Justice advocacy, with concentrations in Trial Advocacy, Criminal Justice, Immigration, and clinical studies in Mediation. Prior to attending law school, Asha simultaneously received a Master of Arts in Media Studies and a Master of Science of Teaching at the New School for Social Research.

A member of MBBA for a number of years, Asha is currently Chair of MBBA’s Judiciary Committee and Co-Chair of MBBA’s Legislation Committee. She looks forward to continued involvement with MBBA, its members and the community at large.

Dwayne Andrews, Chair

dwayne-andrewsAdvocating for clients in New York City, Albany and Washington, DC, Dwayne Andrews has worked for more than a decade as a lawyer and government relations professional, building on his experience as a Congressional aide in New York and the nation's capital. Dwayne has served as an associate general counsel and the head of government relations for a national education provider and currently represents a diverse mix of clients in the economic and real estate development and infrastructure sectors, as well as education, telecommunications and technology companies and organizations. Dwayne has participated in several panels at national and local conferences to discuss legal and policy issues.

Judicial Committee

Responsible for establishing criteria for judging the qualifications of judicial candidates; contacting, coordinating and holding interviews of the prospective candidates; and, e-mail and provide via other written communication the results of its findings


Asha Smith, Chair

Asha Smith is a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society. Beginning her career in 2007, Asha represented indigent defendants as a Public Defender in the Criminal Defense Practice. Currently she represents New York City’s most vulnerable citizens as a Staff Attorney in the Housing Unit in the Civil Practice.

Asha received her law degree from New York Law School in 2007. She was  a member of the school’s Justice Action Center where she focused on Social Justice advocacy, with concentrations in Trial Advocacy, Criminal Justice, Immigration, and clinical studies in Mediation. Prior to attending law school, Asha simultaneously received a Master of Arts in Media Studies and a Master of Science of Teaching at the New School for Social Research.

A member of MBBA for a number of years, Asha is currently Chair of MBBA’s Judiciary Committee and Co-Chair of MBBA’s Legislation Committee. She looks forward to continued involvement with MBBA, its members and the community at large.

Tanisha McKnight

Tanisha S. McKnight, Esq., is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School, 04’.  She began her legal career with The Legal Aid Society where she worked both in their Criminal Defense Division and Juvenile Rights Practice.  In 2009, Ms. McKnight became The Children’s Law Center of New York's (CLC) first Director of Paralegal and Volunteer Services.  In addition to managing the city-wide paralegal team, she practices law in a number of areas including custody, visitation, domestic violence and child protective proceedings.  She is also responsible for developing and managing CLC’s volunteer programs, which includes forming internship partnerships and recruitment with local high schools, universities and law schools, the development of CLC’s pro bono practice and law firm relationships.  Additionally, she supervises CLC’s Securing Seamless Education Services (SSES) education advocacy project and jointly manages CLC’s Broken Adoption Project.  She presents at schools, conferences and forums on the current issues facing family law practitioners and provides motivational talks to students considering entering the legal profession.  She was honored as one of the New York Law Journal’s Rising Stars of 2015.  

 

Program Committee


Anta Cisse-Green, VP of Programming

Anta Cissé-Green is Associate General Counsel at NYU Langone Medical Center with primary responsibility for advising the development department with respect to agreements for gifts and bequests, trust and estate administration, not-for-profit legal and taxation issues and general contracting for activities of the development department at the Medical Center and the NYU School of Medicine.

Anta received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, summa cum laude, and her L.L.M. in Tax from NYU School of Law. Immediately prior to joining NYU Langone Medical Center in 2016, Anta was Senior Counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in the firm’s private client services section of the tax group where she advised wealthy individuals on the development of tax efficient vehicles for the transfer of wealth, complex estate and trust administration issues, charitable planning strategies and the formation and governance of tax exempt organizations. Previously, Anta was an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and law clerk to the Honorable Lois Bloom, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York.
In 2016, Anta was named to the National Black Lawyers Top 100 Attorneys and a member of the Executive Committee for The National Advocates. In 2015, Anta was honored by the New York Law Journal as a “Lawyer Who Leads By Example” in recognition of her years of commitment to providing pro bono legal services to underrepresented New Yorkers. Anta was also named as a New York Metro Area Rising Star by Superlawyers in the area of tax and estate planning.

Anta is an active member of her community in her roles as Vice President of Programs for the Metropolitan Black Bar Association; member of the attorney advisory panel for the Planning and Estates Law Project for the City Bar Justice Center of the New York City Bar Association; member of the Advisory Council for the Foundation for Letters, Inc., a New York nonprofit organization that promotes improved college access through engagement with writing by providing urban schools with a range of literary-focused academic and enrichment programs; and member of the board of trustees for the Urban Resource Institute, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive, holistic, and supportive human services programs to empower individuals and families in the New York metropolitan area.

Tanisha McKnight, Secretary

Tanisha S. McKnight, Esq., is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School, 04’.  She began her legal career with The Legal Aid Society where she worked both in their Criminal Defense Division and Juvenile Rights Practice.  In 2009, Ms. McKnight became The Children’s Law Center of New York's (CLC) first Director of Paralegal and Volunteer Services.  In addition to managing the city-wide paralegal team, she practices law in a number of areas including custody, visitation, domestic violence and child protective proceedings.  She is also responsible for developing and managing CLC’s volunteer programs, which includes forming internship partnerships and recruitment with local high schools, universities and law schools, the development of CLC’s pro bono practice and law firm relationships.  Additionally, she supervises CLC’s Securing Seamless Education Services (SSES) education advocacy project and jointly manages CLC’s Broken Adoption Project.  She presents at schools, conferences and forums on the current issues facing family law practitioners and provides motivational talks to students considering entering the legal profession.  She was honored as one of the New York Law Journal’s Rising Stars of 2015.  

 

Membership Committee


Nadine Etienne-Bazile, VP of Membership

As an attorney in the Litigation Department, Nadine Etienne Bazile has a broad range of experience in litigation matters, including complex contractual litigation, labor and employment litigation, intellectual property, and white collar criminal defense.

Finance Committee


Tyear Middleton, VP of Finance

tyear-middletonTyear Middleton is currently an Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. Tyear received her Juris Doctor from New York Law School and her Bachelor of Arts from New York University. She is currently the Vice President of Membership of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and an Executive Co-Chair for Diversity and Inclusion for the Young Lawyers Division of the New York State Bar Association.

 

Budget Committee


Tyear Middleton, VP of Finance

tyear-middletonTyear Middleton is currently an Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. Tyear received her Juris Doctor from New York Law School and her Bachelor of Arts from New York University. She is currently the Vice President of Membership of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and an Executive Co-Chair for Diversity and Inclusion for the Young Lawyers Division of the New York State Bar Association.