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

Freid  It is my honor to serve as the 2014 President of the Rochester Black Bar Association (“RBBA”) and I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to our website. The RBBA is celebrating its 20th Year and we have many new and exciting programs planned.

This bar year, the RBBA has two major goals. First, we will strengthen current community partnerships as well as forge new ones with community organizations, churches and other bar associations. Through these partnerships, we will deliver our members and their expertise to groups and individuals who are looking for the perspective and compassion of an RBBA attorney.  These partnerships and the unity that they promote will also enable us to have a stronger statewide voice when it is time to raise our voice on issues that arise within the ambit of our mission.

The second and equally important goal is to improve member benefits by providing programming important to our members.  As a member of the RBBA you will receive CLE credits at various special programs that are run throughout the course of the year. RBBA also has many social events where you may network with fellow attorneys, judges and the Greater Rochester Community. These include our Bridges to Success Event, Diversity Clerkship Barbeque and Annual Awards and Scholarship Dinner. For those of you who may be law students or recently admitted attorneys, we will waive the annual dues allowing you a free membership in the RBBA.

We ask that you pledge or renew your commitment to the RBBA in two crucial ways: (1) Join the RBBA or renew your membership online at www.rbbalaw.org or mail a check with the completed membership application to RBBA, PO Box 14569, Rochester, NY 14614; (2) Join a committee on which you can serve for the 2014 bar year. Pick the committee that best matches your time and talents and, then, serve. The RBBA is working continuously to increase the importance and value of dues paid membership.

On behalf of the Executive Board of the RBBA, we thank our members for their continued support and commitment to the organization and we welcome new members!

Fatimat O. Reid, Esq.

President

Latest news


President’s Message – July 2014

Read the new RBBA President’s Message by Fatimat O. Reid – “Marking the halfway point in a year of accomplishments” in the Daily Record here.


10 RBBA Members Awarded 2014 Excellence in Law by The Daily Record

10 RBBA Members To Receive The Daily Record’s 2014 Excellence in Law Award RBBA CONGRATULATES ITS MEMBERS!!   “Up and Coming Attorney”   Odette J. Belton, Belton Law Office   Destini K. Bowman, Monroe County District Attorney’s Office   Aaron Frazier, Harris Beach PLLC   Luis Ormaechea, Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP “Top Women in Law” […]


President’s Message – May 2014

Read the new RBBA President’s Message by Fatimat O. Reid – “Diversity must be addressed in local law firms, agencies” in the Daily Record here.


RBBA Judicial Evaluation Ratings

The RBBA released the ratings results of our evaluation of four candidates seeking judicial office for the following Courts: Monroe County Surrogate’s Court Rochester City Court Please view the 2014 Judicial Review_Press Release


RBBA in the news!

President’s Message: “Pushing Ahead to Further Pro Bono Service” Read the latest Daily Record article by President Fatimat O. Reid, Esq. here


NYSBA Profile of the RBBA

“The Bar Around the Corner – Rochester Black Bar Association” appears in the State Bar News, January/February 2014, Vol. 56, No.1 The Bar Around The Corner is a project of the New York State Conference of Bar Leaders, www.nyscbl.org Read the profile here: http://www.nysba.org/BarAroundCornerjanfeb2014/


Mayor Warren honored by RBBA & GRAWA

RBBA and GRAWA co-hosted a reception to honor Mayor Warren! Held at the Perkins Mansion on East Avenue, the event was extremely well attended by members of the local bar, bench and Mayor Warren’s senior officials. Check out the NY Daily Record article here: http://nydailyrecord.com/blog/2014/02/18/on-the-town-mayor-warren-honored-by-rbba-grawa/ by Nora A. Jones Special to The Daily Record (Photos by Nora […]


Rochester Legal Diversity Clerkship Program

Co-sponsored by the Monroe County Bar Association, Rochester Black Bar Association and the Great Rochester Association of Women Attorneys, the Rochester Legal Diversity Clerkship Program seeks to increase diversity in the Rochester-area legal profession by attracting qualified first-year law students from historically under-represented groups (for example racial and ethnic minorities) in the legal profession, to […]


JOIN/RENEW 2014 RBBA Membership

Your support allowed the RBBA to have many successes in 2013!  And it’s just the beginning! It’s the RBBA’s 20th Anniversary: 1994 – 2014.  We are so proud of what the RBBA has achieved and none of it would have been possible without you!   We need your membership and support to achieve even greater heights in the upcoming year…our 20th Anniversary year! Get […]


Meet The New Executive Board