Category Archives: 2016

Justina Rivera

Justina is an experienced trial attorney who focuses her practice in the areas of complex torts and toxic tort litigation, products liability, medical malpractice and general commercial litigation. She serves as outside counsel to the City of New York Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel, where she served as an Assistant Borough Chief, Senior Counsel, and trial attorney in the Tort Division prior to joining Harris Beach. During her time at the Law Department Justina successfully defended the City of New York, its composite agencies and employees in civil litigation and trials in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn Tort Units. During her tenure, she was also an active member of The Law Department's Committee on Diversity Recruitment and Retention. Prior to joining the Law Department, Justina began her career at the NYC administration for Children’s Services, where she prosecuted parents who were alleged to abuse and neglect their children.

Conway Ekpo

Conway Ekpo is in-house counsel at Morgan Stanley where he is an Executive Director covering the firm's international Wealth Management business which has over $2.2 trillion in assets under management. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he was in-house counsel at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was part of the legal team tasked with advising the bank's Global Wealth & Investment Management line of business. Conway is also an adjunct professor of law at Rutgers School of Law, where he teaches a course on New York civil procedure. Prior to transitioning in-house, Conway practiced financial services litigation as an associate at Hogan Lovells US LLP, Riker Danzig LLP and the New York office of Heller Ehrman LLP.

Conway was the recipient of the New York City Bar Association’s 2016 Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award, the Garden State Bar Association's 2016 Young Lawyer Award, and the Nigerian Lawyers Association’s 2016 Rising Star Award all in recognition for his efforts as a founding member of 1844. 1844 is a group of black male lawyers practicing in New York City in large law firms and in-house legal departments for Fortune 500 companies; the group’s name "1844" is in reference to the year that the first black person, Macon Bolling Allen, was admitted to practice law in America.

Conway was selected as a 2016 Fellow in the Council of Urban Professionals. He currently serves on the National and Northeast Advisory Boards as well as the National Moot Court Board of Advisors for the National Black Law Students Association and is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge.

Conway earned his B.S. in architectural engineering at the University of Kansas and his J.D. at Rutgers School of Law where he was Managing Editor of the Rutgers Law Review.

Bronx Food Drive and CLE

A series of one hour CLE programs. The proceeds and canned food goods were donated to the Bronx Office of the Family Justice Center, a program of New York City government that combats domestic violence. 

MBBA Holiday Party

MBBA Black Friday Holiday Party at the Paper Factory.  We celebrated, toasted and danced the night away!

Bronx I Am A Solution

The MBBA continued the "I Am A Solution" series by traveling to the Bronx  looking to engage community members, and identify legal and legislative solutions that will reduce the violence in our communities.

Criminal Justice: Mental Health Panel Discussion

The MBBA Criminal Law Section in conjunction with the Brooklyn Law School Black Law Student Association hosted a panel discussion, Where Mental Health Meets Criminal Justice: Rising to the Challenges. The panelist included Judges, Professors, and Directors of social justice organizations. 

Bronx Happy Hour

The MBBA and the Bronx Women's Bar Association hosted a Happy Hour in the Bronx.  Attendees had the opportunity to meet the leadership and members of the MBBA.

#MBBAGives Thanksgiving Day

The MBBA hosted a Thanksgiving Day Volunteer Event at the St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church in Brooklyn.  Volunteering and giving back is one of the core values of MBBA.

Young Lawyers Section Meet and Greet And Speed Networking

MBBA's Young Lawyers Section hosted a Meet and Greet and Speed Networking event where attendees had the opportunity to learn how to make a powerful introduction in 1 minute or less.  After, they got to put those new skills to use with each other!