Welcome, Lonita Baker, 80th President of the NBA
On July 28, 2022, Lonita K. Baker, Esq. became the 80th president of the National Bar Association. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, President Baker previously served as a vice-president and member at large. She has also served the Louisville legal community by serving on the Board of Directors for the Louisville Bar Association and as an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. She is also the lead attorney for the Louisville Urban League Reily Re-entry Expungement Program.
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 23 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
Members have free access to our member discount program, where they save up to 60% on movie tickets, theme parks, car rentals, airfare, hotels, resorts, museums, attractions, and much more!
Members have the opportunity to join committees and task force initiatives to advance our legacy of service and promise of justice on a national and international platform. Our advocacy efforts are focused on voter protection, the underfunded federal judiciary, immigration reform, criminal justice, and education.
Members access our national network of Regions, Affiliate Chapters, Sections, and Divisions. We represent the interests of approximately 67,000 lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students. The NBA is organized around 23 substantive law sections, 10 Divisions, 12 Regions, and 80 Affiliate Chapters throughout the U.S. and the world.
Members can access CLEs, exclusive webinars, the career center, local and national networking events, and industry news through the NBA Newsletters and the National Bar Magazine.
News and Special Events
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.
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.