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Metropolitan Black Bar Association inducts officers at installation ceremony

Paula Edgar Takes Over as MBBA President

October 19, 2016 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Darius Charney, senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, delivered the keynote address in which he acknowledged the civic responsibility of lawyers and addressed the ways in which lawyers can join the “front lines” of the civil rights fight with their “knowledge, skills and social capital.” Photos courtesy of Jirel McClinton.
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The Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) installed President Paula Edgar and the rest of its new slate of officers and directors during a ceremony in front of more than 300 of its members at Proskauer Rose LLP in Manhattan on Monday.

“I am energized and motivated by the engaged and powerful attendees in the room last night,” Edgar said Tuesday. “I look forward to advancing the mission of the MBBA with the board, officers and members of the organization.”

Hon. L. Priscilla Hall, associate justice of the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, was on hand to swear in the officers. Jason Clark is the next president-elect; Anta Cisse-Green, vice president of programs; Nadine Etienne-Bazile, vice president of membership; Tyear Middleton, vice president of finance; Luwick Francois, treasurer; Areal Allen-Stewart, secretary; Roy Locke, general counsel; and Kim Parker, executive director.

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The new board of directors for the Class of 2019 included Turquoise Haskin, principal court attorney, Kings County Supreme Court, Civil Term; Wayne McKenzie, general counsel, NYC Department of Probation; Alison Moore, managing director and associate general counsel, J.P. Morgan; and Calvin Wingfield, partner, Goodwin Procter.

Darius Charney, senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Right served as the event’s keynote speaker. He discussed the civic responsibility of lawyers and gave tips on how they can join the “front lines” of the modern civil rights movement.

In Edgar’s first speech to the MBBA as president of the organization, she laid out what she termed her four key pillars of progress as initiatives during her term — partnership, pipeline, professional development and presence.

“I am excited to commence my two-year term as the president of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, leading an organization that has had such an impact on the New York City legal community,” Edgar said.


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