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The National Bar Association (NBA) was founded in 1925 and is the nation’s oldest and largest global network of predominantly Black American attorneys and judges. Organized around 24 substantive law Sections, 10 Divisions, 12 Regions, and 80 Affiliate Chapters, the National Bar Association represents the interests of approximately 67,000 lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students.
The National Bar Association seeks to advance the science of jurisprudence; improve the administration of justice; preserve the independence of the judiciary and uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession; to promote professional and social intercourse among the members of the American and the international bars; to promote legislation that will improve the economic condition of all American citizens, regardless of race, sex or creed in their efforts to secure a free and untrammeled use of the franchise guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States; and to protect the civil and political rights of the citizens and residents of the United States.
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With a network of more than 67,000 members, the National Bar Association’s (NBA) Annual Convention, Exhibits, and Gala is the largest gathering of Black American lawyers, judges, and law students in the United States. It is the preeminent showcase for establishing professional relationships. Members and partners collaborate on trending legal, social justice, and economic issues while taking advantage of robust NBA-sponsored professional development and Continuing Legal Education (CLE).
During the NBA Annual Convention, partners play an integral role in providing information and linking attendees to services that offer professional and personal benefits. Our partnerships continue long after the convention ends with endless benefits such as direct engagement, constant visibility, exclusive opportunities to participate in critical national and international NBA-sponsored events, numerous convention activities, and unique marketing opportunities
Wiley A. Branton Symposium
Labor and Employment Law Annual Conference
Oct. 27-29, 2022 | Philadephia, Pennsylvania
The 33rd Annual Wiley A. Branton Symposium returns this year as an in-person experience in historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 2022-23 theme is Championing Civil Rights: Creating Prosperity for Historically Disadvantaged Communities. The Conference activities include the Annual Wiley Branton Awards Reception, Welcome Reception, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars, and a closing reception. REGISTER NOW. Registration also available soon for the Labor and Employment Law Conference.
NBA 43rd President, Fred D. Gray, Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom
Fred D. Gray received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on July 7, 2022, at the White House. This great honor has been ushered through by thousands of supporters from the legal and broader communities across the country, especially by our esteemed past presidents of the National Bar Association. With unwavering support, we petitioned President Biden to encourage his attention to Past President Gray’s unparalleled contributions to the legal and civil rights realm and to award Fred Gray the Presidential Media of Freedom.
While this great honor belongs to Fred Gray, the victory belongs to us all. His NBA family could not be more proud!
Honoring the Confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson, US Supreme Court Justice
We congratulate and pay homage to the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson, confirmed as the next United States Supreme Court Justice. Justice Brown Jackson’s appointment and confirmation have taken much too long coming after 233 years and 115 appointed justices—only five of whom are women, and just three are people of color. Still, today, our country will benefit from the lasting decisions of an uber-competent all-around powerhouse of a judge who has demonstrated superior judicial acumen, diplomatic poise, and the ability to walk through fire and stand firm on the founding principles of our country.
On behalf of tens of thousands of members and supporters, with great enthusiasm, the National Bar Association salutes the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson, confirmed as the newest member of the United States Supreme Court Justice.
Attorney for the Family of Breonna Taylor, Lonita K. Baker, Officially Installed as 80th President of the National Bar Association
Attorney Lonita K. Baker of Louisville, Kentucky, was sworn in as the 80th president of the National Bar Association (“NBA”) on July 28, 2022, during the organization’s Annual Convention held in Memphis, Tennessee. Baker, who rose to national prominence during her representation of the family of Breonna Taylor in their civil suit against the city of Louisville in 2020, is an in-house corporate attorney for Waystar, Inc.
President Baker has been recognized by several organizations for her legal and community contributions, which include being named to the Top 40 Under 40 by Louisville Business First, Daniel Alvarez Champion for Justice by the Louisville Bar Association, and a Justice Award recipient by the Louisville Urban League. Baker has received the Top 40 Under 40, Wiley Branton, and five presidential awards from the National Bar Association.
President Baker will serve under the platform, “Fulfilling Our Legacy. Recommitted to Our Purpose.” The NBA’s 2022-2023 legislative priorities include election protection, criminal justice reform, economic justice, health care equity, education, and environmental justice.
President Baker calls on Black attorneys to continue to be the “social engineers” that Charles Hamilton Houston challenged them to be by making the world more equitable for Black communities.
The 97th Annual Convention in Memphis, Tennessee
The National Bar Association celebrated its 97th Annual Convention and Gala—Career Fair and Exhibits in Memphis, Tennessee, July 24-29, 2022. The 2022 Annual Convention was hosted by the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar. The seven-day extravaganza kicked off with a Welcome Reception in downtown Memphis followed by a President’s Reception at the Renasant Convention Center and culminate in a phenomenal Black-Tie Gala. More than 40 CLEs were offered and endless opportunities for B2B networking.