Join The MBLA

2017-2018 Rates

  • Judiciary: Honorary
  • Students: Free
  • Academia, Government or Legal Service: $50
  • Practicing less than 5 years: $75
  • Practicing more than 5 years: $150
  • Lifetime member: $1,500


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The MBLA membership year runs April 1 – March 31.

The 2016-2017 term expires on March 31, 2017.
The new 2017-2018 term begins on April 1, 2017.


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Dues Assistance Program

The MBLA Dues Assistance Program is intended to assist attorneys and law school graduates who are temporarily unable to afford the cost of membership dues. Any prospective or current member of the MBLA (whether admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts or not) may apply for a partial or full dues reduction for general MBLA dues by submitting a written application for assistance.
Members receiving dues assistance will be entitled to all of the benefits of membership, including the right to vote in elections and the right to receive discounted admission to MBLA events. Dues assistance will be granted for one year at a time.  Prospective or current members who require additional dues assistance after the end of a grant year must reapply for such further assistance by submitting a new written application.  There is no limit on the number of years during which an applicant may receive dues assistance.

Click here for the Dues Assistance Program Application for the 2017-2018 program year.

Five Reasons to Become a Member of the MBLA:

Sharpen Your Practice Skills – Whether you are beginning your career, developing new practice areas, or starting your own firm, the MBLA’s seminars can help you gain the knowledge and skills you need. The programs feature expert speakers and comprehensive written material that will be useful to you in your practice.

Stay Informed – The MBLA newsletter contains information on legal newsmakers, announcements of upcoming programs, and information exclusively for members. The MBLA newsletter is emailed directly to you.

Expand Your Client Base – For those in private practice, client development is critical. There is no better place to network than the MBLA. Participation in MBLA activities offers many opportunities to meet fellow African-American lawyers and develop new business relationships.

Obtain Help Finding a Job or Changing Careers – The MBLA offers a variety of ways for you to search for your first job or a new opportunity. The MBLA periodically circulates professional opportunities, especially those employers reaching out to the African-American legal community.

Help Improve The Image of African-American Lawyers – Gain valuable experience and assist the community by volunteering for the MBLA’s community service activities. No time commitment is too small and our help can really make a difference to someone else.

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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