Upcoming Events

MBBA Events

#MBBABlackBar: Bed-Vyne Brew
Nov 29 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Metropolitan Black Bar Association’s Black-Owned Bar Series is a new initiative established to support black owned bars and restaurants in each of the five boroughs of New York City. We encourage our members and supporters to attend our upcoming events in order to increase visibility for these businesses while convening as a group, increasing connectivity, networking opportunities, and member engagement. Supporters who are not MBBA Members will have the opportunity to join at the events. #MBBABlackBar

MBBA Membership Meeting Featuring a Fireside Chat with New York State’s Only Black Law School Dean Craig M. Boise of Syracuse University College of Law
Dec 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join the Metropolitan Black Bar Association for our Quarterly Membership Meeting featuring a fireside chat with New York State’s only Black law school Dean!
MBBA President Paula Edgar will speak with Dean Boise about his career, the importance of diverse leadership in law school administration, and discuss MBBA’s commitment to building the legal diversity pipeline.
Current MBBA Members and prospective members are welcome to attend.
Light appetizers and refreshments will be served.
SPACE IS LIMITED, please be considerate when RSVPing!
2017 MBBA Holiday Party!
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 9 @ 1:00 am

Dear MBBA Members and Supporters,

We are excited to invite you to our 2017 MBBA Holiday Party at the Paper Factory Hotel! Attendees will have the choice to mingle, dance, and toast in 2 different rooms, with a DJ spinning some of the best music! There will be free food and a full open bar, which will include top shelf liquor.

Holiday Bonus: If you are attending our MBBA Holiday Party, you may be lucky enough to receive an early Holiday gift! Attendees who join the MBBA at (or in advance of) the Holiday Party as new members and current members will be entered into a raffle for a great prize (details coming)!

Join the MBBA today (and tell a friend to join too!) If you have questions about MBBA membership, contact Nadine Etienne-Bazile, VP of Membership at vpmembership@mbbanyc.org 

*Members must be present to win. Officers, Board members, and Section/Committee Chairs are not eligible for this raffle.*

We look forward to seeing you all there!!!

Deloitte, MBBA, & Duane Morris – Cyber Security and Global Data Privacy CLE
Dec 14 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Deloitte, Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) and Duane Morris LLP are hosting a CLE program!

Event Agenda

Registration & Breakfast: 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Cyber Security – A Prudent Approach: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Global Data Privacy Rules: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Each CLE will be for one hour and provide 1 credit. Attendees will receive 2 credits if they stay for both CLEs.

CLE description for Cyber Security – A Prudent Approach

  • A key challenge in understanding the impact of cyber-attacks is that common perceptions are most influenced by what companies are required to report publicly, primarily theft of protected identifiable information (PII), payment information, and personal health information (PHI). Discussions tend to focus on costs related to customer notification, credit monitoring, and the possibility of legal judgments or regulatory penalties. This course will focus on the less discussed and often less obvious impacts associated with attacks focused on intellectual property theft, espionage, data destruction or attempts to disable critical infrastructure. Through this dialogue, you will gain an understanding of how to drive a multi-disciplinary approach that integrates deep knowledge of cyber threats with business context, valuation techniques, and financial quantification to transform the way you manage cyber risk and to improve your organization’s ability to recover when a cyber-attack occurs.

CLE description for Global Data Privacy Rules

  • The global privacy landscape has made headlines with the imminent enforcement of game-changing laws such as the General Data Protection Regulation, and the enactment of Privacy Shield, a new cross-border data transfer method. These changes affect clients across industry, and failure to comply may result in considerable penalties (including fines of up to 4% of worldwide turnover and even criminal liability). This course provides participants with an understanding of basic privacy terminology and an overview of privacy requirements across the globe before moving into more advanced considerations around the approach, components and strategy behind developing and maintaining a holistic global privacy program.
MBBA’s 34th Anniversary Awards Gala
May 18 @ 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm

President Paula T. Edgar, the Officers and the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association cordially invite you to the

Thirty-Fourth Anniversary Awards Gala on Friday, May 18, 2018 at Pier Sixty, New York, New York.

More details will be announced soon!

Event Details:

Dress Code: Formal/Business Optional

Location: Pier 60, Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011

Date: Friday, May 18, 2018

Time: VIP Reception begins at 6:00 PM; General Reception begins at 6:30

To pay by check, make checks payable to: Metropolitan Black Bar Association and mail to:

Metropolitan Black Bar Association
275 Madison Avenue,14th Floor
New York, NY 10016.

Other Organizations' Events

Pathways to the Bench: A State Court Judge Panel
Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the HNBA Region II and the Latino Judges Association as we present an excellent panel of our Latino/a state court judges!

The 3 B’s of LinkedIn for Lawyers: Building Relationships, Branding Strategies and Business Development
Nov 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The 3 B's of LinkedIn for Lawyers: 
Building Relationships, Branding Strategies and Business Development

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Program Fee: $5 for Student Members | $10 for Members | $25 for Non-Members

Attendees will learn how to set up a LinkedIn account and optimize their profiles; create content for their LinkedIn profile; how to enhance their brand and raise their profile; and how to find contacts and opportunities and grow/engage with their online network. This workshop will feature case studies - including examples of great LinkedIn profiles for lawyers. Please note, this workshop will not cover ethical considerations comprehensively.

Paula Edgar, CEO, PGE LLC, and President, Metropolitan Black Bar Association

Sponsoring Association Committee: 
Career Advancement and Management Committee, Aisha Joseph, Chair

2017 Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York Ceremony
Dec 2 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm

The Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York was founded to promote and encourage participation by Haitian Americans and other ethnic minorities in the judicial and legal system. 

This year HALANY is hosting its first HALANY Honors Awards Ceremony. We promise you a night of fun and celebration as we honor some of the most prominent individuals in the legal profession.

Macon B. Allen Black Bar Association Installation and Holiday Party
Dec 19 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Come out and support MBBA Board Member, Turquoise Haskin, as she will be installed for her second term as Corresponding Secretary for the Macon B. Allen Black Bar Association!