• Annual MBLA Gala 2016

    On March 24th the MBLA will be hosting our 2016 Annual Gala, at the Park Plaza Hotel.

    This year, we are extremely proud to announce that we will honor, Wayne Budd, Counsel at Goodwin Procter LLP, with our Lifetime Achievement Award and Stephanie Lovell, General Counsel of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and ABA President Paulette Brown with our Trailblazer Award.

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  • MBLA Board Meeting

    The MBLA will host its next Board meeting on February 10, 2016 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the offices of the Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108. All are welcome to join.

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  • MBLA 6th Annual Summer Clambake

    On August 22, 2015, the MBLA hosted its 6th annual Summer Clambake at Martha's Vineyard. Members enjoyed a traditional clambake menu while networking with fellow MBLA members new and old. We thank all you who attended.

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  • In the Room: How to Successfully Bid on New Business.

    On Saturday, February 7, 2015, the MBLA hosted the third series of its Rainmakers’ Roundtable Program entitled, “In the Room: How to Successfully Bid on New Business.” The program was held in the Boston office of Jones Day, and featured a distinguished group of in-house counsel from across the United States.

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  • MBLA 2015 Student Summer BBQ

    On July 19, 2015, the MBLA hosted over 40 MBLA members, law students of color interning, working, or studying in Boston for an informal, relaxing BBQ. Attendees enjoyed great food provided by Perry's Gourmet Catering, drinks and great company. We thank everyone for coming and look forward to seeing you all at the Clambake in August.

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  • June 2015 KYR Youth Panel

    On June 24, 2015, the MBLA hosted a Know Your Rights event in coordination with the BCYF- Vine Street Community Center. Stesha Emmanuel served as the moderator while panelists Nicole Bluefort, Asha White and Benjamin Adeyinka engaged in an interactive discussion with youth between the ages of 12 through 18 about Stop & Frisk, Domestic Violence, Harassment and Cyberbullying.

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  • Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association

    Calendar of Events

    Click the link below to view an interactive calendar of events hosted by the MBLA.

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  • MBLA Rainmakers Roundtable Series 2015-2016

    The Programs and Professional Development Committee Announces the launch of this year's Rainmakers Roundtable Series.

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  • Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland Portrait Fund

    In honor of Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland’s profound devotion to social justice, his knowledge and discerning application of the law, his deeply ingrained sense of integrity, and his tireless efforts to enhance the administration of justice, the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and the Boston Bar Foundation are pleased to announce their collaboration in establishing the Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland Portrait Fund.

  • Ropes & Gray Names Winners of Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship

    Congratulations to the five winners of the inaugural Ropes & Gray Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship. •Thanithia Billings •Tyler Cash •Tanisha Edwards •Deandré Harris •Austin McLeod

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  • Annual MBLA Gala 2015

    On April 8, 2015 the MBLA hosted our 2015 Annual Gala, at the Park Plaza Hotel. We would like to thank and recognize our award recipients, The Honorable Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland, Diane B. Patrick, Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., and Tony West, for their dedication and outstanding contributions to the legal community and for allowing us to honor them at our Annual Gala.


Welcome from the MBLA President


Dear MBLA Members and Guests,

I am deeply honored and excited to serve at the President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association during the 2015-2016 program year.

Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association

Since 1973, the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (MBLA) has provided a valuable network and visible presence for attorneys of color within the Massachusetts legal community.

The MBLA is responsible for providing its membership with professional development and career advancement through trainings, continued education and mentorship programs.

The MBLA also sponsors forums on current topics of interest to persons in the legal community, and seeks collaborations with other bar associations and professional organizations, particularly those interested in providing services to communities of color.

Contact Us

Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association
c/o The Boston Bar Association
16 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108


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