It's with great pleasure that we welcome you to the Rochester Black Bar Association! CELEBRATING OUR 20th ANNIVERSARY: 1994 - 2014! We are truly thankful for the opportunity to expand our reach.

A Message from the RBBA President

Shani pic It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself as the President of the Rochester Black Bar Association. I am excited to assume this position. I look forward to promoting the interests and goals of our organization by increasing our membership, expanding the support of our membership, and strengthening our infrastructure. However, I need the help of the membership. I need our membership to take an interest in the organization, and work with me in strengthening and expanding the visibility and presence of the organization. This organization is wonderfully unique. We have worked hard to support each other and the community we serve. But, our work isn’t done. Please join me in this journey.

With best regards,

Shani C. Mitchell

President, Rochester Black Bar Association

Latest news

RBBA’s Mock Trial Team Wins at Competition

The Rochester Black Bar Association’s high school mock trial team won first place at the annual competition hosted by the Boy Scouts of Seneca Waterways’ Law Explorers Program on April 23, 2016. The team included: Brianna Brown, Sydney DeVore, David Ketchum, Keaton Hall, and Robert Mcfarlane. Each team in this year’s competition competed in two […]


The RBBA cordially invites you to its annual awards reception on February 25, 2016.  We hope that you will be able to make the special occasion. Please see the link below for more information. RBBA Annual Awards Reception    

The Annual Campaign for Justice

The annual Campaign for Justice has begun.  Campaign for Justice is the legal community’s fund drive to support Monroe County’s free legal service agencies, Volunteer Legal Services Project, Monroe County Legal Assistance Center, a division of Legal Assistance of Western New York, and the Legal Aid Society of Rochester. There are a number of ways […]

RBBA Releases Judicial Evaluation Ratings

2015 Judicial Evaluation Ratings Press Release

Congratulations to Keana Williams!

The RBBA is proud to announce that one of its members, Keana Williams, passed the New York State Bar Exam. Congratulations to her and to all others who have recently passed the New York State Bar Exam.

2 RBBA Members Receive 2015 William E. McKnight Award

Congratulations to RBBA members Josie M. Sheppard and Sandra M. Williams on their receipt of the 2015 William E. McKnight Award.     For more information: click here.

RBBA Congratulates Duwaine Bascoe!

  RBBA congratulates Duwaine Bascoe, VP of Programs, on receiving the MCBA’s Emerging Bar Leader Award. You are most deserving!

GALA in the News – RBBA celebrates its 20th Anniversary!!

RBBA celebrates its 20th in a big way!  Read it now in the Daily Record here (subscription required). Photos by Vasiliy Baziuk Lamarr Jackson introduces the evening’s keynote speaker the Hon. Sheila Abdus-Salaam.  From Left: Fatimat Reid, Judge Abdus-Salaam and Jackson. Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren, right, presents the Dr. Walter Cooper Community Award to Paul McFadden. […]

RBBA Congratulates Member Leticia D. Astacio

RBBA Congratulates member Leticia D. Astacio on her victory in the Democratic primary elections for City Court Judge.

RBBA Members are Daily Record Attorneys of the Year 2014

RBBA congratulates the following members for being selected as recipients of the Daily Record Attorneys of the Year 2014!!   Yolanda Asamoah-Wade (not pictured) – Solo Practitioner, Law Office of Yolanda Asamoah-Wade Melissa Barrett – Confidential Law Clerk, Rochester City Court Terria Jenkins (not pictured) – Solo Practitioner, Law Office of Terria Jenkins Tiffany Lee […]