The Legal Outreach Attorney Mentor Program, Apply by Aug. 24

Legal Outreach prepares urban youth from underserved neighborhoods in New York City to compete at high academic levels by using intensive legal and educational programs as a tools for fostering vision, developing skills, enhancing confidence, and facilitating the pursuit of higher education.

Legal Outreach wants you! Volunteer with Legal Outreach as an Attorney Mentor!

CONNECT with a NYC high school student, positively IMPACT their lives, and INSPIRE them to pursue higher heights!

To apply to be a mentor or for more information click here! Applications are due by August 24, 2015!

Special thanks to MBBA (Metropolitan Black Bar Association) for sharing this announcement with us. 

Do You Want to Serve on the Board of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association?

Dear MBBA Members, Supporters, Friends and Colleagues:

The Nominating Committee of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (“MBBA”) is currently seeking candidates for the following positions for the 2015-2016 term:

  • VP of Programs
  • Recording Secretary
  • Board of Directors

Please note that officers are required to serve a term of one year and board of directors to serve a term of three years. If you are interested in being considered for any of these offices, please complete that attached application identifying the specific position(s) sought and provide a copy of your resume or CV and any other supporting materials to by Tuesday, July 21, 2015. After your submission is reviewed, you will be informed if you have been selected to interview with the Nominating Committee.

Each candidate must be a member in good standing to serve as an officer or board member of the Association. If you are not a current member, please complete the attached MBBA Membership application and submit payment via mail or submit payment online at You must be an active member to be a viable candidate for consideration. To confirm whether you are a member in good standing of the MBBA, please contact VP of Membership, Tyear Middleton at

Should have any questions regarding service on the board or as an officer, please contact the Nominating Committee at For descriptions of officer and director roles, please email

Thank you for your continued support of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.


The Nominating Committee of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association

The Metropolitan Black Bar Association’s 31st Anniversary Awards Gala: Empowering Community. Engaging Leadership. Ensuring Justice.

Date: Friday, May 15, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 12:00am
Location: Pier Sixty, New York, NY


MBBA President Taa R. Grays, the Officers and the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association cordially invite you to the Thirty-First Anniversary Awards Gala on Friday, May 15, 2015 at Pier Sixty, New York, NY. The theme of the Gala is “Empowering Community. Engaging Leadership. Ensuring Justice.”

Our honorees are:

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
Staten Island Women’s Bar Association

Member of the Year:
Greg Harmon (Posthumously), Past President
Bronx Black Bar Association

A Day of Giving: MBBA/URI Holiday Event with Domestic Violence Survivors, Dec. 20

Please join the Metropolitan Black Bar Association on Saturday, December 20th from 12:00pm – 3:00pm as we bring holiday cheer, gifts and hope to women and children residing at a domestic violence shelter in Harlem.

This holiday party and toy drive benefits underprivileged families in NYC who are residing at an Urban Resource Institute (URI) domestic violence shelter during the holiday season. URI is a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding domestic violence victims and their children. Founded in 1980, URI serves 1,400 individuals annually and provides crisis intervention, counseling, emergency and transitional shelter, legal assistance, job training and community. For additional information regarding URI,

Volunteers and donations are needed! Donations may be  purchased at under the wish list “MBBA Holiday Book and Toy Drive.“  Help brighten the holidays for families in need by donating toys and volunteering to help serve food, play games, and participate in arts and crafts. Share your time, laughter, and talents for a great cause!

Donations may be dropped off at the following courts: 

Civil Court Kings County – 141 Livingston Street, 7th and 10th Floors, Brooklyn, NY
Supreme Court Kings County – 360 Adams Street, 10th Floor, Brooklyn NY
Supreme Court New York County – 60 Centre Street, 5th Floor Security, New York, NY
Supreme Court New York County – 80 Center Street, Room 101, New York, NY
Supreme Court New York County – 71 Thomas Street, Room 200, New York, NY

Registrants will be informed of the confidential location of the Holiday Party upon registration.

If you have questions regarding this program, please contact the MBBA at

The MBBA’s Community Service Committee Presents “Domestic Violence Forum and Call to Action Luncheon”

The MBBA’s Community Service Committee Presents “Domestic Violence Forum and Call to Action Luncheon”

National Bar Association President Pat Rosier’s Announcement about the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Thank you to Taa Grays, President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, for sharing this important statement from the National Bar Association.

Today we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Pushed through Congress by President Lyndon B. Johnson, it is arguably the most important legislation to come out of the Civil Rights Movement.

The most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction, the Civil Rights Act outlaws discrimination, ended racial segregation, and protected the voting rights of minorities and women. The Civil Rights Act opened the door for other significant and historic legislation such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

This milestone was the culmination of bipartisan Congressional leadership, peaceful protests, and determined activism from grassroots and national leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and National Bar Association members Fred D. Gray, Thurgood Marshall, and others. However, in the 50 years since the Civil Rights Act became the law of the land, it’s clear that we still have much work to do.

Today, on behalf of the National Bar Association, the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African American lawyers, and the nearly 59,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students it represents throughout the United States and around the world, I submitted a letter to Patrick J. Leahy, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary and Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member of the same Committee, in support of the passage of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014.

A year ago, the Supreme Court of the United States of America greatly weakened the Voting Rights Act of 1965, putting the right to vote in serious danger and in turn delivering a blow to the Civil Rights Act of ‘64. Currently, states and localities around the country are making changes to elections that would take away the right to vote for some people and African Americans are particularly at risk for voter discrimination. Excessively restrictive and discriminatory state laws disproportionately affect people of color, the poor and senior citizens. Every day that Congress fails to act, voters are in danger.

On this day, we celebrate the Civil Rights Act’s impact and acknowledge that we must continue to vigorously defend legislation that promotes equal justice. We urge this Congress, inspired by the bipartisan Congress that passed the Civil Rights Act, to pass the Voting Rights Act of 2014 and protect the right to vote for all Americans.

Patricia Rosier,


CONTACT: Dionne Gill                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TELEPHONE: 212.964.1645                         Wednesday, February 5, 2014



MBBA President, R. Nadine Fontaine, announces that the MBBA will hold its Thirtieth Anniversary Awards Gala on Friday, May 16, 2014 at Pier Sixty in New York, NY. The theme of the Gala is “The Power of Us: Celebrating 30 Years of Leadership, Innovation and Community.” Michele Coleman Mayes, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the New York Public Library and Theodore V. Wells, Jr., Partner and Co-Chair of the Litigation Department, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the MBBA Gala.

In addition to the President, the MBBA Gala Committee members include Christine Appah, Richard D. Boyd, Jason M. Clark, Paula T. Edgar, Luwick Francois, Hon. Cheryl J. Gonzales, Co-Chair of the Gala Committee, Y. Gail Goode, Taa Grays, Andrew Hannibal, Deborah L. Martin, Moya O’Conner, Francesca J. Perkins, Yamicha Stephenson, Allison B. Tomlinson and Hon. Alvin M. Yearwood, Co-Chair of the Gala Committee.

The 2014 MBBA Annual Gala Honorees are as follows:

Trailblazer of the Year:

Raymond J. McGuire, Global Head of Corporate and Investment

Banking Citigroup, Inc.

Corporate Counsel of the Year:

Duane L. Hughes, Managing Director

Morgan Stanley

Private Practitioner of the Year:

Carmen J. Lawrence, Partner

King & Spalding, LLP

Jurist of the Year:

Hon. Sheila Abdus -Salaam, Associate Judge

New York State Court of Appeals

Public Servant of the Year:

Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO & Executive Director

Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

Co-Chair, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Transition Team

Member of the Year:

Shirley Stewart Farmer, First President (Posthumously)

Metropolitan Black Bar Association

For more information on this event, or to schedule an interview with MBBA President R. Nadine Fontaine, please contact Francesca J. Perkins at For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Paula T. Edgar at