March 5, 2015 – Metropolitan Black Bar Association of New York City (“MBBA”) Announces its 2015 Anniversary Awards Gala Honorees

MBBA President, Taa R. Grays, announces that the MBBA will hold its Thirty-First Anniversary Awards Gala on Friday, May 15, 2015 at Pier Sixty in New York, NY. The theme of the Gala is “Empowering Community. Engaging Leadership. Ensuring Justice.” Rhonda Joy McLean, Deputy General Counsel of Time, Inc. and Jeremiah A. DeBerry, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Mayer Brown will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the MBBA Gala.

In addition to the President, the MBBA Gala Committee members include Christine Appah, Jason Clark, Paula Edgar, George Flowers, Luwick Francois, Hon. Cheryl L. Gonzales, Co-Chair of the Gala Committee, Erica Holder, Wayne McKenzie, Kersuze Morancy, Zalika Pierre, Sheronda C. Rochelle, LaKisha Spence and Hon. Alvin M. Yearwood, Co-Chair of the Gala Committee.

The 2015 MBBA Annual Gala Honorees are as follows:

TRAILBLAZER OF THE YEAR:

Michele Roberts, Executive Director

National Basketball Player’s Association

PRIVATE PRACTITIONER OF THE YEAR:

Ackneil “Trey” M. Muldrow III, Partner

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

CORPORATE COUNSEL OF THE YEAR:

Reginald Rasch, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Rakuten Marketing

PUBLIC SERVANT OF THE YEAR:

Eric Adams, Borough President of Brooklyn, New York City

BAR LEADERS OF THE YEAR:

Zenith Taylor, President

Queens County Women’s Bar Association

Dawn Reid-Green, President

State Island Women’s Bar Association

MEMBER OF THE YEAR:

Greg Harmon (Posthumously), Past President

Bronx Black Bar Association

For more information on this event, or to schedule an interview with MBBA President Taa R. Grays,please contact Kersuze Morancy at info@mbbanyc.org. For sponsorship inquiries, please contact the Gala Committee at gala@mbbanyc.org.