The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) is the only professional membership organization dedicated to the advancement of Blacks as prosecutors. Founded in 1983, the Association’s membership is comprised of both chief and line prosecutors nationwide. In addition to prosecutors, the association’s membership includes law students, former prosecutors, and law enforcement personnel.

The NBPA is emerging as the international association of Black law enforcement professionals with a reputation for providing education and leadership in the legal profession through its intensive training sessions and multi-disciplined networking.


Homecoming: Agents of Change in the Courtroom and Community


August 15 – 21, 2021
Hyatt Centric Magnificent Mile
Chicago, Illinois

NBPA Family,

As you are aware, we have been closely monitoring the pandemic. COVID-19 has created the ultimate sea change. We have taken on the role of remote attorneys while simultaneously fulfilling the role of daycare provider, e-learning teacher, and caregiver. Many of us are still commuting to work while adjusting to the new normal. I pray that you and your family are safe during these unprecedented times.

I was hopeful to avoid changing a long-standing 36-year tradition. However, the 2020 National Prosecutor’s Association Conference and Job Fair are cancelled. Please know this was not an easy decision to make but would be in the best interest of our attendees and speakers. Your safety and well-being are important.

The 2021 National Black Prosecutor’s Association Conference and Job Fair will be held August 15-21, 2021 at the Hyatt Centric Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois. Those that have already registered for the 2020 conference can request a return, transfer registration to another attendee for the 2021 conference, or have their registration credited to the 2021 conference as an option. For more information, please email Hotel cancellations must be made by calling the Hyatt Centric Magnificent Mile.

See you in Chicago!!!!

Yours in Service,

Erika Gilliam-Booker

2019-2020 NBPA President

Law Students, Applications for the 2020 NBPA Foundation Scholarship Are Now Open

It’s that time of year! We are now accepting applications for the 5th Annual NBPA Scholarship.

Applications will be accepted until June 15, 2020.

Huge thanks to the NBPA and the NBPA Foundation Boards who have been working hard to make great things happen!

Ahmaud Arbery Press Release

The National Black Prosecutors Association is deeply troubled by the events surrounding the death of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and three Indianapolis police involved deaths in rapid succession.

NBPA Congratulates our very own Adara Combs, National NBPA Secretary for her promotion to Assistant Supervisor of the Juvenile Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

Congratulations Adara!!!! We are proud of you!!!

Black female reform prosecutors come to St. Louis to defend Kimberly Gardner


NBPA has been and continues to be very proud of our leading chief prosecutors.

They continue to break through molds, overcoming adversity while blazing the trails for future leaders. Those trail blazers inspire us to seek positions of leadership. As we continue to fulfill our mission of retaining, recruiting, increasing the representation of blacks in prosecution, mentoring younger aspiring lawyers for leadership roles in years ahead, their example and work is the path to addressing inequalities that exist. Please see our Chief Prosecutors tab for more information about NBPA’s trailblazers.

We are proud of you!

Prepared by Melba Pearson, Miami Dade State Attorney Candidate, NBPA Communication Chair, NBPA Foundation Board President, and Former NBPA President 2014-2016.

NBPA congratulates our very own past President Carmen Lineberger!

In January 2020, Assistant United States Attorney Carmen Lineberger was selected to serve as the Managing Assistant United States Attorney for the Fort Pierce Branch Office!

Ms. Lineberger has been a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of Florida since 2008. Prior to her work as a federal prosecutor, Ms. Lineberger was an Assistant District Attorney, in the Homicide Unit, for the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

She also previously served as a Deputy Attorney General, in the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.

She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned a J.D. and L.L.M. from Temple University Beasley School of Law. Following law school, she was a law clerk to the Honorable Berel Caesar, Philadelphia Court Of Common Pleas-Civil Division. In her role as Managing United States Attorney, Ms. Lineberger will supervise the Fort Pierce Branch criminal prosecutors and support staff.

Carmen is been extremely instrumental in the growth of NBPA. We are proud of you Carmen!

It’s A New Membership Year!

National Black Prosecutors Association’s membership dues are as follows:

Active members – $75
Associate members – $60
Honorary members – $45
Student members – $25

Only members in good standing will receive all the latest news and updates.

NBPA signed an epic Memorandum of Understanding with Attorney General Alliance and African Partnership for Justice!

In July 2019, the National Black Prosecutors Association signed an epic Memorandum of Understanding with Attorney General Alliance and African Partnership for Justice! As a result of this partnership, NBPA members have travelled to Africa to share ideas in joint training programs. To participate, you MUST be a NBPA member in good standing. Stay tuned for additional training opportunities!

Congratulations to the NBPA’s newly elected President, Erika Gilliam Booker!

National Black Prosecutor’s Association congratulates the 2019 National Black Prosecutor’s Association Scholarship recipient Asya B. Giles.

Please stay tuned for 2020 Scholarship information.

The National Black Prosecutors Foundation (NBPA Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The NBPA Foundation provides scholarships for African American law students who meet academic criteria, along with a demonstrated desire to serve the community.

The NBPA Foundation also funds a fellowship for African American law school interns at prosecutors’ offices across the country. In recognizing the financial hardships that prevent some students from securing unpaid internships, the NBPA Fellowship allows students to explore a career in prosecution.

Congratulations to Houston

for your successful bid to host the NBPA in 2022!

Host a Conference!

 Click here for details.


The NBPA, in conjunction with the Prosecutors Center of Excellence, created an implicit bias toolkit. It provides speaker information, a topic overview and other useful tools to educate prosecutors on this issue.

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