Training for Election Voter Hotline

As you know election day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012, is fast approaching and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association’s Civil Rights Committee (MBBA-CRC) is working hard to ensure that everyone who desires to vote is armed with the correct information to make their vote count!

As attorneys, we are well equipped to answer voters’ questions and it is incumbent upon us to protect the right to vote. Our vote is a vote that many fought long and hard to be counted. We are asking our members to stand up and donate their legal minds to ensure that all who desire to vote in this historical election will have the opportunity to vote.

Please joing MBBA and The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law to educate voters via the Election Protection hotline on Monday, November 5, 2012 and Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

We will train for the hotline on Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Proskauer Rose LLP, Eleven Times Square, New York, NY. If this date is not suitable for your schedule, we will have other training dates. However, we strongly urge you to train on that date so that we can train as a collective.

Please register for the training at Once you have registered for the training, we ask that you email Cenceria Edwards- Chair MBBA-CRC at confirming your attendance.

Upon completion of the training, you will be able to register with the MBBA team for the hotline shifts for November 5, 2012 and November 6, 2012. The shifts are between 3-5 hours.

If you should have any questions regarding this training, please email Cenceria Edwards at

Help the MBBA make a difference and protect this constitutional right. Protect the vote!

Congratulations to Justice Hinds-Radix and Justice Clark

AABANY joins the MBBA in congratulating Justice Hinds-Radix and Justice Clark on their elevation to the Appellate Division.

Dear MBBA Members and Supporters:

On behalf of the Officers and Directors of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (“MBBA”), we are pleased to announce that the Honorable Sylvia Hinds-Radix has been appointed to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, Second Department.

It is our pleasure to have the opportunity to extend our sincere congratulations to Justice Hinds-Radix, who is currently the Administrative Judge for Civil Matters in Kings County and a member of the MBBA’s Board of Directors.  We are certain that she will bring to the bench a wealth of experience as a committed and active jurist and legal practitioner.  She has repeatedly demonstrated a strong commitment to the principles of fairness and justice, the improvement of the legal system, and the advancement of the members of our diverse community.   Justice Hinds-Radix’s record of achievement shows that she possesses all of the attributes necessary to succeed in this position and her reputation is widely respected by us all.

We also extend our congratulations to the Honorable Darcel Clark, Past President and Chair of the Board of the Black Bar Association of Bronx County, who has also been appointed to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Department.  Justice Clark has served a Supreme Court Justice in Bronx County since 2006.   She too has demonstrated a commendable record of achievement, public service, and dedication to the pursuit of justice duly warranting her appointment.

We offer our best wishes to both justices for their accomplishments and the continuation of their exemplary legal careers.

For additional information, please see Governor’s Andrew M. Cuomo’s press release at

Best regards,

R. Nadine Fontaine
MBBA President

Honorable Alvin M. Yearwood
Chair of the Board

Congratulations to the New Officers and Directors of the MBBA

We received the following from Deborah Martin, Executive Communications Consultant for the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.  Congratulations to Nadine Fontaine, Taa Grays and all the incoming Officers and Directors!

On behalf of President R. Nadine Fontaine, the Officers and the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, we are pleased to announce the new slate of Officers for the 2012-2013 term.  The officers are as follows:
Officers for 2012-2013 
President: R. Nadine Fontaine
President-Elect: Taa Grays
VP of Membership: Judith J. Jenkins
VP of Finance: Wanyne Melbourne
VP of Programs (New York): Jason M. Clark
VP of Programs (Brooklyn): Melnia Cordis
Treasurer: Richard D. Boyd
Recording Secretary: Kersuze Morancy
Corresponding Secretary: Brian Aquart
We ask that you please update your records accordingly. For the complete roster of board of directors, we invite you to visit our website at

If you should have any questions, comments or just wish to drop the MBBA a note, please email us at Thank you for your continued support of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.

Women in Law Connect on May 3

On Thursday, May 3, 2012, over fifty women participated in the “Women in Law Connect” networking event, co-sponsored by the Women’s Committees of AABANY, SABANY, MBBA, and KALAGNY. Women exchanged business cards over shrimp cocktails and drinks at the chic AVA Lounge in mid-Manhattan. Attendees included general counsels, associates at private law firms, solo practitioners, consultants, and public interest and government attorneys. Attendees were enthusiastic about the opportunity to network and share their knowledge and experience.

The event, an initiative of AABANY Women’s Committee Co-chair Liza Sohn, linked together women’s committees of four co-sponsoring bar associations. The effort was led by Liza Sohn and Vinny Lee, AABANY Women’s Committee Co-chairs, Lisa Khandhar, SABANY Women’s Committee Co-chair, Shannon Chang Hanson, KALAGNY Women’s Committee Co-chair, Nadine Fontaine, Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) president-elect, and Verena Powell, board member of the MBBA. Special thanks to Lian Kuang for her assistance and to all the participating bar associations. (Photo, L. to R., Liza Sohn, Verena Powell, Vinny Lee.  Photo courtesy of L. Sohn.)

Women in Law Connect