• MBLA GALA 2018


    Thursday, March 22, 2018

    Boston Park Plaza

    50 Park Plaza


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  • MBLA Monthly Board Meeting

    The next Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at The Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02108

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  • Habari Gani?! Imani!!

    Today is the seventh and final day of Kwanzaa! The seventh of the Nguzo Saba is IMANI. "Imani" means Faith in Swahili.

    ​This final principle centers on faith in ourselves; faith in our capacity to live righteously, self-correct, support, care for and be responsible for each other and eventually create ​a more just and good society.

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  • Habari Gani?! Kuumba!!

    The sixth of the Nguzo Saba is KUUMBA. "Kuumba" means Creativity in Swahili.

    Kuumba puts forth the moral obligation to do all we can in the way we can to heal, repair, rebuild, and renew the world, leaving it more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

    As an organization, we continuously develop and seek out new ways to engage and interact with our members and the community.

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  • Habari Gani?! Nia!!

    The fifth of the Nguzo Saba is NIA. “Nia” means Purpose in Swahili.

    Since 1973, the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association has sought to increase the visibility of Black attorneys and contribute significantly to their professional development, both their benefit and the benefit of those they serve. Almost forty-five years later, we are all the more clear and resolute in this purpose: the building of social engineers in the Commonwealth.

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  • Habari Gani?! Ujamaa!!

    The fourth of the Nguzo Saba is UJAMAA. "Ujamaa" means Cooperative Economics in Swahili.

    African-American buying power is estimated to have reached a total of 1.3 trillion dollars this year. The Empowerment Experiment showed that less than ~3% of Black buying power is spent in Black-owned enterprises and hypothesizes that a redirection of just ~10% of that spending to Black-owned enterprises could translate into the creation of ~1 million jobs centered around communities of color.

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  • Habari Gani?! Ujima!!

    The third of the Nguzo Saba is UJIMA. "Ujima" means COLLECTIVE WORK & RESPONSIBILITY in Swahili. The Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association strives to work together with the understanding that we stand on the shoulders of giants and have a responsibility to reach back and across to support others in our community.

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  • Habari Gani?! Kujichagulia!!

    The second of the Nguzo Saba is KUJICHAGULIA. "Kujichagulia" means SELF-DETERMINATION in Swahili.

    This Principle challenges us to ask the questions: 1. Who are we? 2. Are we really who we say we are? 3. Are we all that we ought to be?

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  • Habari Gani?! UMOJA!

    The first of the Nguzo Saba, or Seven Principles, is UMOJA. "Umoja" means UNITY in Swahili.

    Our mission as an organization is clear and rooted in UNITY – to remain fierce advocates for the recruitment, retention and advancement of Black attorneys within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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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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  • LOMAP - Tip of the Month

    Failure to communicate is a leading source of malpractice claims, while the right communication strategy can turn a difficult client into a referral source.

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  • Congratulations to Mbla Past President Senator William 'Mo' Cowan

    Massachusetts Appleseed has announced that this year's recipient of the Good Apple Award will be Senator William "Mo" Cowan, Vice President of Legal Policy and Litigation of General Electric Company. The Good Apple Award is presented annually to one member of the MA legal community who exemplifies MA Appleseed's commitment to public service, fairness, and social justice.

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  • Congratulations to Mbla President Courtney Scrubbs

    Boston Chamber of Commerce has announced that this year’s recipient of the Pinnacle “Emerging Executive” Award will be MBLA President Courtney Scrubbs. The award will be presented on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Boston Marriott Copley Plaza during the Chamber’s Annual Pinnacle Awards Luncheon.

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  • MBLA Building The Legacy Scholarship Fund

    The MBLA is excited to announce the MBLA Building The Legacy Scholarship Fund which supports the MBLA's portfolio of student scholarships. This fund was created through a partnership with the Boston Bar Foundation. As the BBF is a 501(c)(3) organization, all contributions to the fund are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

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Welcome from the MBLA President


Dear MBLA Members, Friends and Supporters,

I am honored to serve as the President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association for the 2017-2018 program year, and I am excited about where we are headed as an organization.

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



    The MBLA Board of Directors is excited to…

  • 2018 Annual Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association Gala – March 22, 2018

    2018 MBLA ANNUAL GALA: CELEBRATING 45 YEARS This year, we will celebrate forty-five years of service to the Massachusetts legal community as well as the accomplishments of Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Melvin Miller, Founder, Editor and Publisher of the Bay State Banner, Trailblazer Award recipient Professor Intisar Rabb, Professor of Law and Director of Islamic Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, and Trailblazer Award recipients Keith and Maria O'Brien Hylton, Professors of Law at Boston University School of Law. When: Thursday, March 22, 2018 5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Where: Boston Park Plaza 50 Park Plaza Boston 02116

  • Congratulations to MBLA President Courtney Scrubbs


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