PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEES

STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS

 

ADMINISTRATION & FACILITIES 
Valencia Rainey 

AUDIT 
Rasul M. Raheem, Chair  

AWARDS 
Stacey J. Sublett, Chair

BUDGET 
Sonya Hopkins, Chair  

CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS 
Bernice L. Walker, Chair

CONVENTION & MEETING 
Hon. Allen J. Webster, Jr., Co-Chair (NBA Past President) 
U. Lawrence Boze, Co-Chair (NBA Past President) 

ELECTIONS 
Deborah Matlock, Chair 

ETHICS
Johnny LandonChair

FINANCE & FUNDRAISING
Joseph Drayton, Chair

JUDICIAL SELECTION
Alfreda Robinson & Kimberly Tignor, Chairs

LEGAL EDUCATION
Carl Turpin, Chair

LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
Aisha Braveboy, Chair

MEMBERSHIP
Monica Dula, Chair

PRO BONO
Nicholas Austin, Chair

AD HOC COMMITTEES

 

AMICUS BRIEF COMMITTEE 
The committee will handle the operational tasks of implementing the National Bar Association’s amicus strategy.
Vanessa Pratt, ChairReed Smith LLP | Pamela Palmer | Henry Gyden | Athena Taite | Samuel Walker | LeRoy Pernell
AMICUS REQUEST FORM

ANNUAL LINNES FINNEY, JR. NBA YOUTH DAY COMMITTEE 
Held during the Annual Convention, this day-long program provides high school students with a chance to learn about careers in the legal profession. The goal of this program is to increase the number of diverse students applying to and being admitted to our nation’s law schools by providing them with resources and knowledge about what it takes to become a lawyer. Participants attend various workshops on the application/admissions process, trying cases, the legal profession options and will receive and discuss the NBA’s publication entitled, “How the Law Treats You Differently When You Turn 18.” The students will also participate in mock trial competitions. The program culminates with an awards presentation.
Vanessa Pratt, Co-Chair | Melvin Felton II, Co-Chair | Donald Isaac | Charlyn Stanberry | Rachael Johnson | Charis Johnson | Jawan Finley | John Walker-Turner | Kent Lollis | Linnes Finney, Jr. (NBA Past President)
 
CURRENT ISSUES COMMITTEE 
The committee will work with the National Bar Association’s Regions and Affiliates to identify and address hot topics in each of their respective regions and across the United States. It will partner with the NPursuit of Justice Project, whose mission is to bring light to public servants who betray the public trust they are sworn to protect, governmental and public institutions that support or fail to rectify racists and sexist policies and practices, and laws that are unjust. It is setting up strategic alliances with HBCU law school clinics across the US to research issues and provide position papers on issues identified.
Eartha Jean Johnson, Chair | Antoy Bell  | Lonnie Johnson | Barbara Kaye Miller | Monica Dula | Valencia Rainey | Tierra Willams

DIVERSITY PIPELINE TASK FORCE COMMITTEE 
This committee is responsible for planning and implementing programming which will increase diversity in the legal profession and assist law students with making a successful transition to the practice of law. During this bar, this task force was charged with the following three initiatives: i) Pilot program: NBA Law Student Rep at 12-13 law schools across the country; ii) developing a Bridge the Gap Seminar for newly admitted attorneys; and iii) planning a collegiate Mock Trial Competition.
Larry Fields, Chair | Philip G. Hampton, II, Vice-Chair | Sherri Cunningham, Vice-Chair | Alvin Benton | Perry Cameron | Carlos Moore | Teresa Metcalf Beasley | Cynthia Hawkins DeBose | Marylin Pierre | John Nussbaumer | Kimberly Ford | Carmen-Nicole Cox 

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DRUM MAJOR FOR JUSTICE COMPETITION COMMITTEE 
Organizes a competition designed to motivate high school seniors to excel in education. The Competition encourages students to express their views on a pre-selected topic and focuses on the ability of the students to communicate verbally and in writing. The competition is also designed to give young people experience in public speaking and provides an opportunity for them to obtain scholarship funds to continue their education at a college or university. The competition begins at the NBA local affiliate level and includes a written essay. Students advance to the NBA regional level and one student from each of the 12 Regions advances to the national competition held during the NBA’s Annual Convention.
Andrea Evans, Chair | Sonya Armfield | Aziza Botchway | Robert Simmons | Debra Davis %2