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Jacques Sexton

Jacques is an eData attorney, certified in data protection and M&A, that integrates multi-business line corporate experience to provide growth- and risk- calibrated advice reflecting the responsibilities and opportunities of elite data stewardship.
 
He is admitted to practice law in New York and certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/US). He has also been previously certified as a Mergers and Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA) by the Alliance of Mergers and Acquisition Advisors. Subject matters include Data Privacy and Cybersecurity, Anti-Money Laundering/Bank Secrecy Act compliance, and Cost of Insurance litigation (COI). Experience includes investigations, class-action defense, regulatory inquiry response, and compliance program assessment and development.
 
In addition to serving as Vice-Chair of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Section, Jacques volunteers in numerous leadership capacities including the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Fellows Board Co-Chair and CUP Convening Faculty Member; My Brother’s Keeper My Sister’s Keeper (MBK/MSK) Steering Committee Member; and the Urban Assembly School of Law and Justice Volunteer and Advocate. Past service includes Advisor to the Executive Director, Board Member, and Committee Chair roles in the areas of governance, finance, and development for non-profit organizations on both coasts. In all roles, Jacques has developed and/or implemented strategic and tactical plans with measurable goals and concrete timelines.
 
Jacques received his J.D. from Howard University School of Law where he was a member of the Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy team, and his B.A. from Morehouse College. He is a CUP Fellow and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

Annual Gala

MBBA 35th Anniversary Awards Gala

 

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Gabrielle Lyse Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Gabrielle Lyse Brown
Gabrielle Lyse Brown is the Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the New York City Bar Association, where she leads the Association’s efforts to enhance diversity in the legal profession across a broad range of internal and external constituents, including law firms, corporate legal departments, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. In this capacity, Gabrielle spearheads the Association’s qualitative and quantitative research and develops individualized strategies to increase the retention and advancement of women and minority attorneys in the Office for Diversity’s signatory law firms. Previously, she founded the City Bar’s Pipeline Initiative, developing comprehensive programming for inner-city students to address academic support and enrichment, professional and substantive skill development, networking/mentoring opportunities and exposure to the legal profession.   

She is a frequent speaker and trains organizations on data-driven initiatives, implicit bias, professional readiness, mentoring, networking, and developing diversity and inclusion “better practices.” She has spoken at the Practicing Law Institute (PLI), Bloomberg Big Law Diversity Summit, and ALM Legal Week, and her work has been featured in publications including the New York Times, New York Law Journal, Bloomberg, Crain’s New York Business and Thomson Reuters. She is a recipient of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association George B. Vashon Innovator Award.

Gabrielle is the co-chair of the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Fellows Board and was a 2014 Fellow. She is a member of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP) Advisory Board, The Association for Law Placement (NALP), the Oberlin College Alumni Council, and serves on the Executive Board of Directors of Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, Inc. (PALS). Additionally, she serves as a special advisor to the Pipeline to Practice Foundation and as a consultant to the New York Financial Services Diversity Group.

Anne Robinson

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Anne Robinson

Anne E. Robinson, who joined Vanguard in 2016, serves as General Counsel and a Managing Director, leading the Office of the General Counsel, which includes Legal, Compliance, L&C Strategy & Operations, Government Relations, and Investment Stewardship. Prior to joining Vanguard, Ms. Robinson served as General Counsel for Global Cards at Citi. Ms. Robinson earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Hampton University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Letitia James

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Letitia James
On January 1, 2014, Letitia James was sworn in as the Public Advocate for the City of New York, the first woman of color to hold a citywide position in our city’s history. In her first months in office, she successfully pushed forth proposals to bring Universal School Lunch and police body-worn cameras to New York City. In fall 2014, the office re-launched the city’s Worst Landlords Watchlist, expanding the list and adding significant technological upgrades.

As a member of the New York City Council, James introduced the Safe Housing Act, which became City law in 2007. This ground-breaking bill ensured that thousands of families in rental buildings receive prompt and full repairs to their apartments. This bill represented a $50 million investment in housing code reform and is a major victory for all New Yorkers living in substandard buildings. She is considered an early whistleblower of the Office of Payroll Administration’s CityTime contract, a payroll system that she criticized as being overly costly and difficult to manage in numerous committee hearings. Poor management of the project led to hundreds of thousands of dollars stolen by corrupt consultants. In 2012, her legislation addressing oversight of high-cost service contracts with the City of New York was passed into law.

As Chair to the Council’s Sanitation Committee, in 2010 James pushed-through a revolutionary recycling package that included expanding plastic recycling, a new clothing and textile recycling program, and improved public space recycling. This legislative package represented the first significant expansion of the City’s residential recycling program since it was created in 1989.

James is a graduate of CUNY's Lehman College and Howard University Law School, and can be seen in the Atlantic Yards documentary, “Battle for Brooklyn”. She has worked with the New York State Legislature, and has served as a former public defender, New York State Assistant Attorney General, and New York City Council Member.

Hon. Fern A. Fisher

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Honorable Fern A. Fisher
Judge Fisher is the Special  Assistant for Social Justice Initiatives to the Dean of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law. Until July of 2017, she was Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for New York City Courts and also served as the Director of the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program.

Judge Fisher’s career started in the Civil Court as a Legal Services attorney practicing in Manhattan Housing Court. She served as Deputy Director of Harlem Legal Services, Inc. and as an Assistant Attorney General of the New York State Department of Law. For four years, she provided pro bono legal services to Harlem-based community organizations as a project director of the National Conference of Black Lawyers. In 1989, she was appointed Judge of the Housing Part of the Civil Court, and later, in 1990, was elected to the Civil Court where she served as Deputy Supervising Judge. Judge Fisher was elected in 1993 to the Supreme Court of the State of New York. After serving in both the City and the Matrimonial Parts of Supreme Court, in December 1996 she was appointed Administrative Judge of the Civil Court where she served until March 2009 when she was appointed to her current position.

Judge Fisher contributed the Views from the Bench in the Thomson-West practice guide, "Residential Landlord-Tenant Law in New York" for twenty one years. She served as the host of a series of television shows on housing issues for Crosswalk's, a public service cable show. She is a frequent lecturer at the New York State Judicial Institute and has taught at CUNY Law School. Judge Fisher is a founding member of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, a member and past Board member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the New York County Lawyers Association. Judge Fisher also served as the Chair of the Housing Court (Judges) Disciplinary Committee and Chair of the Anti-Bias Committee of the New York County Supreme Court. Judge Fisher served as an expert on courts of lower jurisdiction for the Yale Law School China Law Center during two workshops in China devoted to exploring improvements to the Chinese judicial system. In 2006, Harvard Law School awarded her the Gary Bellow Public Service Award. In 2008, she was appointed to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. She is the recipient of many other awards too numerous to list here.

Judge Fisher received her B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in 1975 from Howard University and received her J.D. in 1978 from Harvard Law School.

 

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.  

 

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.