Upcoming Events

MBBA Events

Mar
23
Thu
MBBA Membership Meeting
Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Please Join President Paula Edgar, the Officers and

Board of Directors of MBBA

for Our

Third Quarterly Membership Meeting

Dear Members and Supporters:

We are holding our Third Quarterly Meeting for fellowshipping, networking, and to learn about effective financial strategies. 

 

Meeting Agenda: 

6:30pm – 6:45pm: Welcome from President

 

6:45 – 7:15pm: Presentation: Capital Creates Change, Life Stage Planning for Legal Professionals
 
7:15pm – 7:30pm: President’s Overview

 

7:30pm – 7:45pm: Section and Committee Reports

 

7:45pm – 8:00pm Open Forum

 

8:00pm – 8:30pm Reception

 

 Supporters interested in becoming members are encouraged to attend this meeting!

Refreshments and food to be provided.

Please contact Paula Edgar, President of MBBA,  if you have any questions at president@mbbanyc.org

Mar
28
Tue
MBBA Women’s History Month Event – Black Women Lawyers: Lessons in Leadership
Mar 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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

 This program will feature black women lawyer leaders who will each speak for 10 minutes in a “TED like” talk about the subject of leadership as a black woman.  After the talks we will have about 15- 20 minutes of Q & A from the audience, followed by a cocktail reception.

Confirmed Speakers: 
Paula T. Edgar, Principal, PGE LLC (Speaking, Coaching and Consulting) and President, MBBA
Michele Coleman Mayes:  Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, New York Public Library
Patricia Gatling: Attorney, Employment & Human Rights Specialist, Candidate for Brooklyn DA
Taa Grays: Vice President & Associate General Counsel – Information Governance, MetLife
LaTanya Langley: Vice President & General Counsel, BIC World Group Stationery, Latin America, Caribbean, Middle East, Africa & Anti-Corruption Compliance Ofr.

Apr
1
Sat
Save The Date: Corporate/Transactional CLE – Don’t Be a Fool About Corporate Law
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am
Apr
5
Wed
Save The Date: Professional Development Webinar
Apr 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Apr
6
Thu
MBBA’s Elder Law CLE Program: Pro Bono Training: Empowering Baby Boomers to Live Independently and Stress Free
Apr 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

RSVP Here 

Free Event

Pro Bono Training: A Practical Guide to Empowering Baby Boomers to Live Independently and Stress Free

Thursday, April 6, 2017; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: New York County Lawyers, 14 Vesey Street, New York; 2nd Floor Auditorium

2 NY Professional Practice Credits

Program Chair: Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy, Supreme Court, Civil Branch, NY County

Program Co-sponsors: NYCLA’s Elder law Committee; The National Association of Women Judges (District 2); The Metropolitan Black Bar Association; The Aging and Longevity Institute of Touro Law School

Faculty: Robert Abrams, Esq., Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf, LLP; Rawle Andrews, Jr., Regional Vice President, AARP Community, State and National Mega 7 States Group; Hon. Justice Betsy Barros, Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department; Kristen Kane, Esq, Deputy Chief, Economic Crimes Bureau and Chief, Elder Fraud Unit of the Queens County District Attorney’s Office; Clifford A. Meirowtz, Esq, The Law Offices of Clifford A. Meirowitz, PLLC; Stacy L. Rodgers, Deputy Director for Program Operations, District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency, Washington, DC and Former Chief of Staff of the Social Security Administration. 

An esteemed panel of professionals at the forefront of their fields will address the bench and bar on both a personal and professional level on topics such as:

• The role of a judge in capacity determinations

• Legal & ethical considerations for judges and attorneys (including overall demographics of the Graying of America)

• Strategies to combat financial exploitation and available resources of the district attorney’s office

• Helpful tips as you prepare to retire

• Understanding your Social Security benefits

• How to obviate the need for a guardian

FREE EVENT

 

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May
19
Fri
MBBA’s 33rd Anniversary Awards Gala
May 19 @ 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-Third Anniversary Awards Gala on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Pier Sixty, New York, New York.

More details will be announced soon!

Dress Code: Formal/Business Optional

For Sponsorship, Ticket and Virtual Journal Ad Information,  Please Contact: Bee Season Consulting beeseason@mbbanyc.org (646) 651-1232 x12

Tickets are non-refundable.

Other Organizations' Events

Mar
24
Fri
Black Financial Legacy Series | #CLSJ30
Mar 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Center for Law and Social Justice is excited to provide a financial empowerment series focused on building personal & collective financial legacies in the Black community.

Why? Well, an average Black family needs 228 YEARS to build the wealth of a White family today. These disparities between the two groups persist REGARDLESS of the level of education attained.

When Black employees go to work, they are typically employed by non-Black owned entities. When Black employees spend their money, it is typically spent with businesses owned by non-Black people. This matters more than we know.

This series will explore the state of personal finances; entrepreneurship and business development; collective wealth generation; and land ownership in the Black community. Each month, hear from experts who will help us understand how we arrived to our current financial position AND learn how we can improve our finances on an individual and collective level. See the flyer and details below for additional information.

Mar
28
Tue
We All Speak Justice Here: Ensuring Language Access in New York Courts
Mar 28 @ 6:30 pm

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Apr
6
Thu
A Practical Guide to Empowering Baby Boomers to Live Independently and Stress Free
Apr 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This program is for the bench and bar on both a personal and professional level and will address the role of a judge in capacity determinations; legal and ethical considerations for judges and attorneys (including overall demographics of the Graying of America); strategies to combat financial exploitation and available resources of the district attorney's office; things that future retirees need to know; and how to obviate the need for a guardian.

Program participants are:

Robert Abrams, Esq.

Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf, LLP

Rawle Andrews, Jr., Esq.

Regional Vice President,  AARP and Community State and National Mega 7 States Group

Hon. Justice Betsy Barros

Appellate Division, Second Department  

Kristen Kane, Esq.

Deputy Chief of the Economic Crimes Bureau and Chief of the Elder Fraud Unit of the Queens County District Attorney’s Office

Clifford A. Meirowtz, Esq.

The Law Offices of Clifford A. Meirowitz, PLLC

Stacy L. Rodgers

Former Chief of Staff of the Social Security Administration

 

RSVP HERE!

Attendees to receive 2 Professional Practice CLE credits free of charge

Apr
18
Tue
GENTRIFICATION: How to Make Affordable Housing More Affordable
Apr 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the Avant-Garde Network for “Gentrification: How to Make Affordable Housing More Affordable” at Fordham Law School on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. At this event you will learn from seasoned professionals and industry experts about the affordable housing market. We will discuss the current state of affordable housing, the impact of the proposed Trump funding cuts and solutions.

Did you know? Recently, Trump proposed to cut $6 Billion dollars from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These cuts will negatively impact affordable housing and thousands of poor and working class households.

AGN Pillar and Purpose: The Avant-Garde Network brings this program to you in an effort to empower professionals with information about affordable housing and how it impacts communities of color. 

Please note: Fordham Law School is a secure building and you cannot gain entry without an RSVP. Onsite registration is not available. Limited free tickets are available and RSVP is mandatory. The RSVP list will close once we reach capacity; so invite a friend and RSVP ASAP. 

This is a panel you won’t want to miss!

RSVP HERE!

Apr
20
Thu
Pathway To The Judiciary And The Ethical Issues
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Apr
21
Fri
Black Financial Legacy Series | #CLSJ30
Apr 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Center for Law and Social Justice is excited to provide a financial empowerment series focused on building personal & collective financial legacies in the Black community.

Why? Well, an average Black family needs 228 YEARS to build the wealth of a White family today. These disparities between the two groups persist REGARDLESS of the level of education attained.

When Black employees go to work, they are typically employed by non-Black owned entities. When Black employees spend their money, it is typically spent with businesses owned by non-Black people. This matters more than we know.

This series will explore the state of personal finances; entrepreneurship and business development; collective wealth generation; and land ownership in the Black community. Each month, hear from experts who will help us understand how we arrived to our current financial position AND learn how we can improve our finances on an individual and collective level. See the flyer and details below for additional information.

Apr
24
Mon
Smooth Moves 2017: Career Strategies for Attorneys of Color
Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

5:00 p.m -Diversity Works: The Business Case For Aligning Law Firm Diversity Initiatives With Client Supplier Goals

A thought-provoking discussion among law firm Chief Diversity Officers and diverse General Counsel, or high-level legal executives, from major corporations with forward-thinking employee and vendor diversity initiatives.  The panelists will identify synergistic ways for corporate legal departments and law firms to work together in order to meaningfully improve diversity within the legal profession.

Moderator: David B. Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law, and Faculty Director of the Center on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School; Author of “Why Global Law Firms Should Care about Diversity: Five Lessons from the American Experience”

Panelists: Horacio Gutierrez, Esq., General Counsel, Spotify Inc. and Rosevelie Marquez Morales, Esq., East Coast Diversity Director, Sidley Austin LLP, Adrienne Gonzalez, Esq., Lead - BOLD People & Business Resource Group, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Melique Jones, Esq., Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Skadden LLP  

6:30 p.m. - Networking reception and award presentations

  • Presentation of the Section’s Hon. George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award to Hon. Jeh Johnson,Paul Weiss LLP and Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2013-2017) by Hon. Colleen McMahon, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Presentation of the Section’s Minority Law Student Summer Fellowship

Program Co-Chairs: Hon. Barry A. Cozier, Tracee E. Davis, Esq., Hon. Sylvia Hinds-Radix and Carla M. Miller, Esq.

This program is sponsored by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section  

For more information contact Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org 

Register Here! 

May
25
Thu
ABWA: Join us in Jamaica for a time of Bonding and Empowerment
May 25 all-day
May
26
Fri
ABWA: Join us in Jamaica for a time of Bonding and Empowerment
May 26 all-day
May
27
Sat
ABWA: Join us in Jamaica for a time of Bonding and Empowerment
May 27 all-day
May
28
Sun
ABWA: Join us in Jamaica for a time of Bonding and Empowerment
May 28 all-day
Jun
2
Fri
The Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty & The Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference
Jun 2 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

About the Conference
Brooklyn Law School is proud to host the joint 2017 Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty (CAPALF) and Northeast People of Color (NEPOC) Legal Scholarship Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Law, Intersectionality, and the Next Wave of Social Movements in the Trump Era.” From LGBTQ rights to DREAMers to the Movement for Black Lives to new forms of labor organizing among precarious, low-wage, on-demand workers, the social movements of today are increasingly operating at the intersections of multiple communities, identities, and structural injustices. This in turn has created a unique confluence of alliances, collaborations, and common purposes in addressing underlying structural exclusions, inequities, and imbalances of power. Yet as the 2016 election revealed so starkly, these movements for equality and inclusion have also provoked a virulent reactionary populism and counter-reaction. 

What are the opportunities, challenges, and implications of these 21st century movements? As scholars and activists, what role can we play in forging new alliances and strengthening existing ones, advancing the goals of these social movements, and furthering longer-term political and social power? How do we encourage even more conversation between scholars and activists to effect real change? How do we ensure that these new alliances among multiple communities advance common goals without obscuring real differences? And how should we understand and gird ourselves against the various forms of counter-reactions, including those based on the fear of a majority-minority America? These are just some of the questions this conference will address. 

Location
Brooklyn Law School
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY
www.brooklaw.edu/directions

RSVP HERE

Please respond by May 15

Guests may register for one or both days of the conference. The registration fee will cover the following (subject to change): 

Friday: Morning continental breakfast, lunch, coffee & snack break.
Saturday: Morning continental breakfast, lunch, coffee & snack break, dinner and award ceremony.

The conference registration fees are as follows:

Two Day Registration Fees:
$125 Full-time Law Professors, Payment due by May 15
$70 Others (not including Law School students), Payment due by May 15

One Day Registration Fees:
$75 Full-time Law Professors, Payment due by May 15 
$35 Others (not including Law School students), Payment due by May 15

The program is free of charge for Law School students. Registration is required. Space is limited.

Below are links to travel/hotel information, panel descriptions and a call for panel presentations, WIPs, and a call for award nominations and important deadlines:

For Travel and Hotel InformationClick Here:
(Deadline for discounted rate at Brooklyn Marriott is May 4; deadline for discounted rate at Nu Hotelis May 2)

Panel Descriptions and Call for Group Panels and Individual Papers Click Here: (Deadline for proposing a group panel: February 28)

Call for Professional Development Workshops, Works In Progress, Award Nominations Click Here: 
(Deadlines for all of the above: February 28)

If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Post at deborahp@tourolaw.edu or Elaine Chiu atchiue1@stjohns.edu. For questions related to registering, please email events@brooklaw.edu.

Jun
3
Sat
The Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty & The Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

About the Conference
Brooklyn Law School is proud to host the joint 2017 Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty (CAPALF) and Northeast People of Color (NEPOC) Legal Scholarship Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Law, Intersectionality, and the Next Wave of Social Movements in the Trump Era.” From LGBTQ rights to DREAMers to the Movement for Black Lives to new forms of labor organizing among precarious, low-wage, on-demand workers, the social movements of today are increasingly operating at the intersections of multiple communities, identities, and structural injustices. This in turn has created a unique confluence of alliances, collaborations, and common purposes in addressing underlying structural exclusions, inequities, and imbalances of power. Yet as the 2016 election revealed so starkly, these movements for equality and inclusion have also provoked a virulent reactionary populism and counter-reaction. 

What are the opportunities, challenges, and implications of these 21st century movements? As scholars and activists, what role can we play in forging new alliances and strengthening existing ones, advancing the goals of these social movements, and furthering longer-term political and social power? How do we encourage even more conversation between scholars and activists to effect real change? How do we ensure that these new alliances among multiple communities advance common goals without obscuring real differences? And how should we understand and gird ourselves against the various forms of counter-reactions, including those based on the fear of a majority-minority America? These are just some of the questions this conference will address. 

Location
Brooklyn Law School
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY
www.brooklaw.edu/directions

RSVP HERE

Please respond by May 15

Guests may register for one or both days of the conference. The registration fee will cover the following (subject to change): 

Friday: Morning continental breakfast, lunch, coffee & snack break.
Saturday: Morning continental breakfast, lunch, coffee & snack break, dinner and award ceremony.

The conference registration fees are as follows:

Two Day Registration Fees:
$125 Full-time Law Professors, Payment due by May 15
$70 Others (not including Law School students), Payment due by May 15

One Day Registration Fees:
$75 Full-time Law Professors, Payment due by May 15 
$35 Others (not including Law School students), Payment due by May 15

The program is free of charge for Law School students. Registration is required. Space is limited.

Below are links to travel/hotel information, panel descriptions and a call for panel presentations, WIPs, and a call for award nominations and important deadlines:

For Travel and Hotel InformationClick Here:
(Deadline for discounted rate at Brooklyn Marriott is May 4; deadline for discounted rate at Nu Hotelis May 2)

Panel Descriptions and Call for Group Panels and Individual Papers Click Here: (Deadline for proposing a group panel: February 28)

Call for Professional Development Workshops, Works In Progress, Award Nominations Click Here: 
(Deadlines for all of the above: February 28)

If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Post at deborahp@tourolaw.edu or Elaine Chiu atchiue1@stjohns.edu. For questions related to registering, please email events@brooklaw.edu.

Sep
22
Fri
4th Annual National HBCU Pre-Law Summit Sponsored by Access Group
Sep 22 @ 1:00 pm

The National HBCU Pre-Law Summit & Law Expo is the nation's one and only pre-law conference created especially for HBCU students and grads and designed to address their unique issues and concerns. Free of charge! Everyone is welcome!

RSVP HERE! 

Sep
23
Sat
4th Annual National HBCU Pre-Law Summit Sponsored by Access Group
Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm

The National HBCU Pre-Law Summit & Law Expo is the nation's one and only pre-law conference created especially for HBCU students and grads and designed to address their unique issues and concerns. Free of charge! Everyone is welcome!

RSVP HERE! 

Oct
13
Fri
4th Annual National Diversity Pre-Law Conference Sponsored by Access Group
Oct 13 @ 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The National Diversity Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair is a national outreach, networking and empowerment event designed specifically for DIVERSE aspiring lawyers from across the country. Through keynote and special guest speeches presented by prominent lawyers and thought leaders, and dynamic panel discussions and workshops led by seasoned professionals, this event connects students with critical law school admissions, preparation and career success information that they otherwise might not receive from websites and other forms of media.

Also, it goes further than most pre-law events, by directly addressing the very real and difficult issues and concerns and added challenges facing diverse law school aspirants, law students and lawyers.

Through the Law School and Diversity Resources Fair, The National Diversity Pre-Law Conference & Law Fair brings together and connects these diverse aspiring law students with invaluable resources. Participants have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with representatives from a variety of law schools interested in recruiting them, but also organizations that have pre-law programs and initiatives, and prospective employers that are all in support of the common goal of bringing about more meaningful diversity and inclusion in American law schools and in the legal profession.

The National Diversity Pre-Law Conference & Law Fair stands apart by offering attendees seminars in diversity leadership, coalition building and collaboration, and cultural competency so they can have the necessary guidance, tools and strategies to take on leadership roles in the area of diversity and inclusion once they become law students – at their respective law schools – and then once they become members of their states’ lawyer organizations. Further, it encourages attendees to utilize their law degrees in furtherance of service, advocacy and social justice.

The National Diversity Pre-Law Conference & Law Fair aims to provide aspiring diverse lawyers with access to GAME-CHANGING information, connections and resources – all in one place at one time!

We are an event designed for those who want to be lawyers who can compete AND make a difference. We are the pre-law conference with a conscience! Join our movement!

Oct
14
Sat
4th Annual National Diversity Pre-Law Conference Sponsored by Access Group
Oct 14 @ 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The National Diversity Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair is a national outreach, networking and empowerment event designed specifically for DIVERSE aspiring lawyers from across the country. Through keynote and special guest speeches presented by prominent lawyers and thought leaders, and dynamic panel discussions and workshops led by seasoned professionals, this event connects students with critical law school admissions, preparation and career success information that they otherwise might not receive from websites and other forms of media.

Also, it goes further than most pre-law events, by directly addressing the very real and difficult issues and concerns and added challenges facing diverse law school aspirants, law students and lawyers.

Through the Law School and Diversity Resources Fair, The National Diversity Pre-Law Conference & Law Fair brings together and connects these diverse aspiring law students with invaluable resources. Participants have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with representatives from a variety of law schools interested in recruiting them, but also organizations that have pre-law programs and initiatives, and prospective employers that are all in support of the common goal of bringing about more meaningful diversity and inclusion in American law schools and in the legal profession.

The National Diversity Pre-Law Conference & Law Fair stands apart by offering attendees seminars in diversity leadership, coalition building and collaboration, and cultural competency so they can have the necessary guidance, tools and strategies to take on leadership roles in the area of diversity and inclusion once they become law students – at their respective law schools – and then once they become members of their states’ lawyer organizations. Further, it encourages attendees to utilize their law degrees in furtherance of service, advocacy and social justice.

The National Diversity Pre-Law Conference & Law Fair aims to provide aspiring diverse lawyers with access to GAME-CHANGING information, connections and resources – all in one place at one time!

We are an event designed for those who want to be lawyers who can compete AND make a difference. We are the pre-law conference with a conscience! Join our movement!

Nov
10
Fri
13th Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference – Sponsored by Access Group
Nov 10 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

The National Black Pre-Law Conference is the nation's premier information-sharing and networking empowerment event for aspiring Black lawyers!

#aspiringblacklawyers #blackprelawconference

Nov
11
Sat
The 3rd Annual Joint National Black and Hispanic Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair 2017
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

The Third Annual Joint National Black and Hispanic Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair 2017 is a unique major pre-law event that provides important information, resources and connections for aspiring Black and Latinx lawyers. What makes it different is that it provides special sessions discussing the importance of coalition building and collaboration between these major racial and cultural groups for the common goal of increasing diversity in law schools and in the legal profession. There is also a large law fair attracting more than 100 law schools across the country interested in recruiting and increasing their numbers of Black and Latinx law students. A special tour of New York City area law schools is also organized on the Thursday prior to the event. Optional social events are planned in the evenings as well as a tour of New York City on Sunday after the close of the event.