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Sections and Committees

MBBA's Sections and Committees serve a very important purpose for the Association and our communities. Sections and committees draw on the skills and interests of a broad cross-section of the membership to study issues of interest and importance to the association. They also provide an opportunity for member connection and networking. Our sections and committees address the various legal issues faced by attorneys in their practice areas, create CLE programs and panel discussions, and provide varied professional development opportunities. If you would like to participate in one of these committees or have an interest in an open section or committee listed below, please contact us at info@mbbanyc.org.

Section and Committee Chairs for 2018-2019


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  • Becoming a Lifetime Member of the MBBA is not only a great value, but it speaks directly to the belief in the purpose of the Association to advance equality and excellence in the pursuit of justice, and aid the progress of minorities in the profession.
  • The principle of Lifetime Membership becomes part of a trust to sustain our ongoing operations.

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General Membership

  • Admitted attorneys, law students and graduated law students awaiting admission and non-lawyer supporters.
  • Yearly membership which permits access to all MBBA programming and events and provides opportunities to interact with peers, to participate in discussions, gain insight and ideas from other professionals, build relationships and more.

Lifetime Membership

  • Becoming a Lifetime Member of the MBBA is not only a great value, but it speaks directly to the belief in the purpose of the Association to advance equality and excellence in the pursuit of justice, and aid the progress of minorities in the profession.
  • The principle of Lifetime Membership becomes part of a trust to sustain our ongoing operations.

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Renew Your Membership

General Membership

  • Admitted attorneys, law students and graduated law students awaiting admission and non-lawyer supporters.
  • Yearly membership [commencing July 1st through June 30th] which permits access to all MBBA programming and events and provides opportunities to interact with peers, to participate in discussions, gain insight and ideas from other professionals, build relationships and more.

Lifetime Membership

  • Becoming a Lifetime Member of the MBBA is not only a great value, but it speaks directly to the belief in the purpose of the Association to advance equality and excellence in the pursuit of justice, and aid the progress of minorities in the profession.
  • The principle of Lifetime Membership becomes part of a trust to sustain our ongoing operations.

Membership Levels

Law Student (J.D.) Free Renew At This Level
Resident Attorney (less than 1 year) $25.00 Renew At This Level
Resident Attorney (1 to 5 years) $50.00 Renew At This Level
Resident Attorney (6 to 10 years) $100.00 Renew At This Level
Resident Attorney (11 to 15 years) $125.00 Renew At This Level
Resident Attorney (16 and over) $200.00 Renew At This Level
Judges $175.00 Renew At This Level
Non-Resident Attorney $75.00 Renew At This Level
Associate (non-lawyer supporter) $40.00 Renew At This Level
Legal Professional $100.00 Renew At This Level
Sustaining Membership $400.00 Renew At This Level
Lifetime Membership $2,000.00 Renew At This Level

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Benefits of Membership

  • Free admission to general meetings and receptions with prominent legal scholars and public speakers.
  • Continuing legal education through workshops and seminars that provide growth and professional development.
  • Increase professional advancement and networking opportunities.
  • Opportunities to positively impact the community through seminars, workshop and mentoring.
  • Affiliation with the National Bar Association.

Reasons to Join

  • Analyze and comment on proposed legislation and rules.
  • Present testimony at hearings and other public forums.
  • Screen candidates for judicial office and publish recommendations concerning their suitability for election or appointment.
  • Sponsor lectures, workshops, and seminars on substantive legal and professional development topics.
  • Co-sponsor Continuing Legal Education classes and scholarships for CLE classes.
  • Host events for the development and strengthening of professional and social relationships.
  • Promote and recognize the accomplishments of minority lawyers and judges.
  • Organize and support community projects such as Toys-For-Tots, Adopt-A-School, Y.E.S., Mentoring Program, and community legal clinics.
  • Co-sponsor projects and events with nonminority city-wide bar associations.

Contact Us

The MBBA maintains a virtual office, so please
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info@mbbanyc.org

President

Anta Cisse-Green
president@mbbanyc.org

Mailing address:
Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Inc. 
1001 Avenue of the Americas, 11th Floor
New York City, NY 10018
(212) 964-1645

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    MBBA Events

    We provide our members with diverse programs to meet their personal and professional needs while also meeting the needs of the members of our community. Recent programs include:

    Continuing Legal Education

    • Counseling Clients in Crisis
    • MBBA and NYSBA present New Developments in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Anti-Bribery Laws
    • MBBA and the Brooklyn Bar Association Present Never Too Old To Learn And Never Too Young To Teach Bridging The Generational Gap (Ethically) Between The Seasoned Lawyer and The Rising Star
    • The Fundamentals of Sport Sponsorship, Media Rights Agreement and Salary Cap 101 at Barclays Center
    • Hon. Theodore T. Jones Trial Advocacy Workshop
    • MBBA and NYSBA present Diversity in the Dispute Resolution Process – The Final Frontier
    • MBBA and NYCLA present How to Conduct Legal Research on the Internet
    • MBBA and ABWA Present Let's Be Reasonable:” Questions, Concerns and Practical Considerations of Accommodating Employees with Mental Disabilities
    • MBBA and NESBLA present 360 Degrees of Sports Law
    • How to Conduct Legal Research on the Internet

    Diversity Initiatives

    • Becoming a Prosecutor /Assistant District Attorney
    • Diversity in Global Marketplace: Careers in Antitrust Enforcement and Consumer Protection
    • MBBA and NY Law School’s Black Law Student Association present Black Careers in Law: Many Paths, One Goal! (Panel Discussion + Networking)
    • Getting Appointed to a Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”) Panel for the Second Circuit and the Eastern (“EDNY”) and Southern (“SDNY”) Districts of New York”

    Pipeline Initiatives

    • Excelling in Law School Study Course
    • Becoming a Prosecutor /Assistant District Attorney
    • Blazing Your Own Trail - How to Successfully Transition into a Leadership Role
    • Speednetworking with a Purpose!
    • Lessons Learned from “The Good Black: A True Story About Race in American” by Paul Barrett

    Professional Development

    • Gun Law Legislation and Obstacles to Effective Gun Control
    • MBBA and NY City Bar Association present the Hon. George Bundy Smith Lecture Series with Prof. Neal Katyal discussing The Justice Department in Times of War: Lessons from the World War II Cases.”
    • Banking In the Internet Age: The Importance of A Personal Banker
    • Cooperative Economics: Building Banking Business Partnerships (A Small Business Seminar)
    • MBBA, MCCA and Morgan Stanley present “Careers in Compliance Workshop”

    Community Service Initiatives

    • Developing Greener Pastures – School Community Garden Project
    • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Pro Bono Attorney Training and Consultations.
    • Joint Black Bar Association Pro Bono Initiative - Uncontested Divorce Project (CLE with volunteer service)
    • Voter Protection – Training, Poll Watching and Bus Trip to Pennsylvania
    • Voter Protection Training and Phone Bank
    • Project Safe Surrender
    • Voters' Rights Forum: An Update on Election Procedures and Voting Laws
    • Joint Minority Bar Association Judicial Screening Panels
    • Mayoral Forum at the House of the Association of the City Bar

    Networking Events

    • The Life of Judge Jane Bolin, Daughter of the Empire State Book Reading and Reception (Reading and Book Signing)
    • Networking Reception for Diverse Attorneys in Intellectual Property at Chadbourne & Parke LLP
    • MBBA, MCCA and NBA Region II Celebrate the Minority Corporate Counsel Association's Annual Creating Pathways to Diversity Conferences
    • MBBA's Intellectual Property and Technology Committee's Mixer at Croton Reservoir Tavern
    • The MBBA and the Haitian American Lawyers Association Membership Drive and Networking Event at Highland Park New York, New York.

    About Us

    The purpose of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA), a unified citywide association of Black and other minority lawyers, is to advance equality and excellence in the pursuit of justice, aid the progress of Blacks and other minorities in the profession, address legal issues affecting the citywide community, and foster the study of law by encouraging the personal and professional development of young lawyers and law students.

    Founded on July 5, 1984, the Metropolitan Black Bar Association was created from the merger of the Harlem Lawyers Association, founded in 1921 and the Bedford Stuyvesant Lawyers Association, founded in 1933. As one of the largest organizations of Black attorneys in New York State, the MBBA continues the rich legacy of its two predecessor organizations by providing a voice for Black legal professionals in the communities it serves.

    Today, the MBBA is comprised of mostly minority attorneys in large and small law firms, solo practitioners, all levels of government, academia, corporations, financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations and the judiciary.

    Meet our past presidents

    Shirley Stewart Farmer, Esq. (1984 – 1985)

    Emmanuel Towns, Esq. (1985 – 1986)

    Bradley Backus, Esq. (1986 – 1989)

    Denise A. Outram, Esq. (1989 – 1992)

    Le’Roi L. Gill, Esq. (1992 – 1994)

    Andrew G. Maloney, Esq. (1994 – 1995)

    Kim Adair Wilson, Esq. (1995 – 1996)

    Claude Trahan, Esq. (1996 – 1998)

    Lloyd W. Brown, II, Esq. (1998 – 2000)

    Lauren R. Raysor, Esq. (2000 – 2002)

    William D. Bowman, Esq. (2003 – 2005)

    Nadine C. Johnson, Esq. (2005 – 2007)

    Xavier R. Donaldson, Esq. (2007 – 2009)

    Dakota D. Ramseur, Esq. (2009 – 2010)

    Joseph Drayton, Esq. (2010 – 2012)

    R. Nadine Fontaine, Esq. (2012 – 2014)

    Taa R. Grays, Esq. (2014 - 2016)

    Paula T. Edgar, Esq. (2016 - 2018) 

    Jason M. Clark, Esq (2018 - 2020)

    Anta Cisse-Green (2020 - 2022)

     

    NBA Logo** The MBBA is an affiliate of the National Bar Association (“NBA”). Founded in 1925, the NBA is the nation’s oldest and largest association of African American lawyers and judges. To learn more about the National Bar Association, visit to www.nba.org