The National Black Prosecutors Association 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.

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.

We are pleased to announce the formation of the NBPA Legislative Committee. Under the leadership of Immediate Past President Melba Pearson, the goal of the Legislative Committee is to give feedback on pending legislation affecting the criminal justice system. The committee will spearhead lobbying efforts on behalf of the National Black Prosecutors Association singularly and jointly with other organizations seeking to advance the causes of prosecutors and communities of color. Our efforts will aid lawmakers in crafting laws affecting prosecutors and people of color. We aim to form lasting relationships on Capitol Hill, regardless of party affiliation. This committee will ensure that the National Black Prosecutors Association is represented in the halls of Congress, joining many other national organizations.
For more information, please contact Melba at

The NBPA stands in support of 9th Judicial Circuit (Florida) State Attorney Aramis Ayala

A prosecutor’s discretion is to be protected, and should only be overridden by the voters.  NBPA joined the legal community in a letter opposing the Florida governor’s actions; also see the Huffington Post article by Immediate Past President Melba Pearson.

The NBA also joined forces with the NBPA to support Ms. Ayala: NBPA Letter of Support

34th Annual Conference & Job Fair

Honoring the Legacy: Black Prosecutors as Agents of Social Change – July 16 – 22, 2017 The Westin – Cleveland, OH

The National Black Prosecutors Association is pleased to announce a “members only” special: For the month of February only members can register for the 34th Annual Conference & Job Fair for just $450!

Join the National Black Prosecutors Association for our 34th Annual Conference and Job Fair! During one action packed week, network with fellow prosecutors, learn the latest developments in criminal justice, and enjoy our CLE’s featuring top speakers from across the country. Employers will find a top notch pool of diverse candidates seeking a career in public service at our Job Fair.


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.

Congratulations to NBPA members who won big during #Elections2016!

Kim Foxx

Kim Foxx

Former NBPA Chicago Chapter President, is now the new State Attorney for Cook County (Chicago, IL)
Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Former San Francisco District Attorney and California Attorney General, now United States Senator for the state of California (2nd African American female in the Senate)
Aramis Ayala

Aramis Ayala

First African American State Attorney in the history of the state of Florida (9th Judicial Circuit, Orlando)
Theo Lawson

Theo Lawson

Former NBPA Southeast Regional Director has been appointed County Attorney for Jefferson County (Alabama)
Donna Stribling

Donna Stribling

New DeKalb County Solicitor-General (Georgia)
Sherry Boston

Sherry Boston

Mentor in NBPA Pathways to Election Program, and the new DeKalb County District Attorney (Georgia)
Darius Pattillo

Darius Pattillo

New Henry County District Attorney (Georgia)
Keith Gammage

Keith Gammage

New Fulton County Solicitor General (Georgia)

The NBPA Mourns the Loss of Former Attorney General and Miami State Attorney Janet Reno

Pathways to Election Program

One of the cornerstones of the NBPA’s mission is the advancement of African American prosecutors.  The Pathways to Election Program encourages prosecutors of color to run for elected prosecutor positions across the country. To further this goal, the Pathways to Election Program consists of a Mentor Circle and a video series.  This is a NBPA MEMBER BENEFIT! Members click here; Click here to become a member.

NBPA’s Justice Corner

William Jorden

Congratulations to the NBPA’s newly elected President William Jorden!

Host a Conference!

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Thank you to all of the attendees, panelists, presenters and sponsors.  Click here for highlights.

The 32nd Annual NBPA Conference & Job Fair – July 19-25, 2015

Thank you to all of the attendees, panelists, presenters and sponsors.  Click here for highlights.

Immediate Past President Melba Pearson

Read the article (including a quote by NBPA President Melba V. Pearson)

A  New York Times article dated July 7, 2015, reveals recent data indicating that 95% of elected prosecutors are white. The study focused on state level prosecutors, and did not discuss the federal system. The NBPA is steadfast in our mission to retain and advance African Americans in the field of prosecution. We acknowledge the successes of our elected African American prosecutors who inspire us daily, as we groom more prosecutors to follow their lead.

NBPA’s Real Talk is in full swing!

Great press from Baton Rouge

REAL TALK News Coverage continues in Baton Rouge, LA

It is with a heavy heart with which I inform the membership that NBPA Past President Richard Mangum has passed away after a lengthy illness. He served as our organization’s President from 1994 – 1997. A career prosecutor in New York, Mr. Mangum was an Assistant District Attorney in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office from 1982 until 1985. He later served in the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Criminal Justice, and retired as an Executive Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. Please join us in extending our condolences to his wife Karol, also a retired fellow prosecutor and member of our NBPA family, and the rest of his loving family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to:

HAC/The Richard H. Mangum Early Learning Center
880 River Avenue
Bronx, N.Y. 10452

Rest in peace — you have fought the good fight.

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