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MBBA Women’s History Month Event – Black Women Lawyers: Lessons in Leadership

On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, the MBBA held our MBBA Women's History Month Event, titled "Black Woman Lawyers: Lessons in Leadership." This inaugural event was such a huge success that registration filled to capacity in a matter of days, with over 60 registrants added to our wait list! The program featured black women lawyer leaders who each spoke for 10 minutes in a “TED like” talk about the subject of leadership as a black woman.  
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Panelist: Michele Coleman Mayes
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
New York Public Library

Topic: "You Really Are in Charge"

Panelist: Patricia Gatling
Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP

Topic: "Be Bold for Change"

Panelist: Taa Grays
Vice President & Associate General Counsel - Information Governance

Topic: "A Key To Leadership: The Vision is the Thing"

Panelist: Erica Edwards-O'Neal
Vice President, Inclusion & Diversity
New York City Economic Development Corporation

Topic: "Convince Yourself that You Belong"

Panelist: LaTanya Langley
Vice President & General Counsel
BIC World Group Stationery, Latin America, Caribbean, Middle East, Africa & Anti Corruption Compliance Officer

Topic: "Dare to be Bold, Fearless and Selfless"

Panelist: Paula T. Edgar
PGE LLC (Speaking, Coaching and Consulting)

Topic: "Authentic Leadership as a Black Woman Lawyer"








“Suited for Success” Men’s Suit Drive

The Metropolitan Black Bar Association hosted a Men’s Suit Drive for ex-offenders recently released from Rikers Island Prison Complex. The drive would not have been possible without the support of “100 Suits For 100 Men,” which is a not-for-profit organization committed to reducing prison recidivism by assisting ex-offenders in finding gainful employment. 

Masquerade Black Ball Affair

On Friday, February 24, 2017, MBBA held our inaugural Masquerade Black Ball Affair at the Paper Factory Hotel. 

“I Am A Solution” Legal Solutions for Improving the Criminal Justice System

During the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus on February 17 - 19, MBBA hosted the "I Am A Solution" Legal Solutions for Improving the Criminal Justice System. MBBA also co-sponsored the Capital District Black & Hispanic Bar Association's CLE about How to Become a Judge, followed by a reception.

Black History Month Celebration

In celebration of Black History Month, on Thursday, February 16, 2017 we honored Congressman Charles B. Rangel. Opening remarks were given by Hon. Robert Katzmann, Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit and MBBA President Paula T. Edgar. 

2017 Hon. Theodore T. Jones Trial Workshop

In celebration of Black History Month, on Saturday, February 4, MBBA and Baker Hostetler's New York Diversity Committee partnered for our fifth annual Hon. Theodore T. Jones, Jr. Trial Advocacy Workshop. Our full day program included an Introduction to Trial Advocacy; Jury Selection, Opening Statements, Direct and Cross-Examinations, Summation and Ethical Issues. Five CLE credits in skills and one CE credit in Ethics was offered.


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Queens I Am A Solution

On Saturday, January 21, MBBA hosted our third “I am A Solution” Town Hall Meeting & Legal Solutions Roundtable: Queens Edition.  During this program, we discussed legal and legislative reforms to reduce the number of unarmed civilian deaths caused by law enforcement officers.  As we enter 2017, many are concerned that the civil rights we have worked so hard to achieve will be rolled back – especially as they relate to the criminal justice system.  At our “I am A Solution” program, we reached out to members of the Queens community and heard their stories, before pivoting to a reform-oriented discussion aimed at reducing the violence



Councilman Rory Lancman


Congressman Gregory Meeks


Community Activism Panel