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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

The Legal Aid Society
New York Law School

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

The Legal Aid Society
New York Law School

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

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.

 

Claudy Bince

Claudy Bince is an associate in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. His practice focuses on corporate and financial transactions, particularly mergers and acquisitions.

Claudy received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Howard University School of Law, where he was valedictorian of his class, President of the Student Bar Association, Senior Notes & Comments Editor of the Howard Law Journal, and a Henry Ramsey Dean’s Fellow. He holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

In addition to serving as co-chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Claudy is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.