Get Involved

MBLA activities are developed and managed by its standing Committees, which include the Community Service Committee, the Programs and Professional Development Committee, the Black Women In The Profession Subcommittee, the Student Support Committee, the Membership Development Committee, the External Affairs Committee, the Publications Subcommittee, the Social Media and Marketing Subcommittee, the Social Action Committee, the Judicial Appointment Committee, and the Finance Committee.

Community Service Committee

This committee encourages the involvement of the membership in volunteer legal services and community service activities.
Chair: Stesha Emmanuel
Members: Ryan Cooper, Domonique Williams.

Programs and Professional Development Committee

This committee is responsible for planning and executing all programs geared to enhance the retention and advancement of attorneys of color in Massachusetts.

  • The Black Women In The Profession (BWITP) Subcommittee works with the Professional Development Committee and external organizations to ensure Black women attorneys and law students have equal opportunities for professional growth and development in the Commonwealth. More specifically, this Subcommittee works to address the decline of Black female representation among law firm associate and partner ranks, both locally and nationally.

Chair: Brandon Middleton-Pratt
MembersPaige Scott Reed, Giselle Joffre (BWITP Subcommittee Co-Chair), Tiffanie Ellis-Niles (BWITP Subcommittee Co-Chair), Courtney Person, Avana Anderson

Student Support Committee

This committee provides support to area law school students through mentorship and networking programs. This committee also oversees the MBLA scholarship award programs.
ChairsD’Andre Fernandez and Michael Kippins
Members: Marsha Louis, Courtney Person

Membership Development Committee

This committee is responsible for the development of the organization’s membership.
Chair: Avana Anderson

External Affairs Committee

This committee facilitates MBLA partnerships with other similarly-missioned organizations locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. It works to improve the state-wide awareness of the MBLA through media, strategic collaborations with external organizations, and other appropriate mechanisms. Finally, it advises the MBLA Board of Directors (BOD), its Committees and partners and coordinates their external communication efforts on important current MBLA initiatives, programs and policy positions, if any.

  • The MBLA Webmaster oversees the maintenance of the MBLA website.
  • The Social Media and Marketing Subcommittee oversees the MBLA social media outlets (i.e., Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram) and works closely with Directors and MBLA consultants to appropriately market MBLA events and programs.
  • The Publications Subcommittee serves as the primary literary body for the MBLA. It will assess editorial quality and content for any existing or new MBLA publications, including newsletters, position statements, online periodicals and the like. It will make recommendations to the BOD related to the needs and adequacy of the publications including the curtailment of ongoing efforts and the initiation of new efforts. This Committee will also advise the BOD on any relevant issues of copyright policy relevant to protecting the MBLA intellectual property.

Chair and Webmaster: Eron Hackshaw
Members: Bethany Serota (Social Media and Marketing Subcommittee Chair), Caitlin Gossett and Erinn Cawthon (Publications Subcommittee Co-Chairs)

Social Action Committee

This committee encourages leadership, advocacy and empowerment of the MBLA membership and greater legal community to effect social change and public policy in the Commonwealth. Through this Committee, the MBLA hopes to establish its position on emerging or perennial public issues pertinent to the practice of law in the Commonwealth. The committee will implement programs that stimulate social action and educate members and the community on current social justice issues.
Chair: Sean Bernard
Members: Domonique Williams and Nikia E. Williams

Judicial Appointment Committee

This committee helps identify and encourage lawyers to apply for judicial vacancies.
Chair: Paige Scott Reed and William Trach

Finance Committee

This committee ensures compliance with applicable state and federal laws and maintains the organization’s tax-exempt status.
Chair: Richard Champagne
Members:  Courtney Scrubbs, Sheriece Perry, Brandon Middleton-Pratt, Paige Scott Reed

For more information on joining an MBLA Committee, please contact any Committee Chair or the MBLA directly.

Contact Us

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




  • An Evening of Mock Trials - December 12, 2017

    Discovering Justice is seeking volunteer jurors to support incredible Boston & Chelsea middle schoolers as they try cases before federal and state judges and juries made up of community members. When: Tuesday, December 12, 2017. 5:00 - 5:30pm Arrival & refreshments for jurors/judges. PHOTO ID! 5:30 - 5:50pm Seated for brief program with keynote speaker 5:50 -7:00pm Transition to assigned courtrooms for the mock trial! 7:00 - 7:30pm Reception downstairs w/food and drinks Where: Moakley U.S. Courthouse.

  • FREE Landlord -Tenant Law  Training November 17, 2017

    North Shore Community Action Programs, Inc. (NSCAP), Northeast Legal Aid, Inc. (NLA) and the Northeast Justice Center (NJC) will be conducting a half-day training on basic landlord/tenant law. Complimentary lunch will be served. When: Wednesday, November 17, 2017 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Where: Northeast Housing Court, Fenton Judicial Center, Courtroom 2 Appleton Street, Lawrence, MA

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