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.


Statement on Officer involved shootings the past few weeks

The winner of our 2016 Inaugural NBPA Scholarship is Adriele Douglas of Albany Law School

It is our pleasure to announce the winner of the National Black Prosecutors Association’s Scholarship. Congratulations Adriele Douglas!

Sentencing and Corrections Reform Act

The NBPA has joined a multitude of law enforcement groups in endorsing the Sentencing and Corrections Reform Act. Please read our letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee here.

NBPA President Melba Pearson

Criminal (In)Justice with David A. Harris – Episode 3

Racial bias in the criminal justice system isn’t just about old-school bigotry. The real problem is unconscious bias in the minds of most of us, including law enforcement. How does this affect officers’ life-and-death decision making?

NBPA Member Robert Capers

Congratulations to NBPA Member Robert Capers, who was sworn in this January as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Mr. Capers succeeds our Attorney General Loretta Lynch in this post.

We are so proud of you, and wish you the best in your new position.

Melba Pearson Interview on NPR

Listen to President Melba V. Pearson’s comments regarding criminal justice reform.

The 33rd Annual NBPA Conference & Job Fair – July 10-16, 2016

NBPA CLE Conference Schedule

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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.

The Need for Diversity

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

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.


NBPA Member Ron Gaithe has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Southern University! Congratulations Ron, and well deserved!

The NBPA’s Charles B. Morton Jr. South Florida chapter has joined several other minority voluntary bar associations in calling on Florida Governor Rick Scott to appoint more judges of color.  “It is important that the judiciary reflect the community which it serves, and the lack of diversity currently on the bench in South Florida can no longer be ignored,” said Maryam Adeyola, President of the NBPA’s South Florida chapter.  See the article here.

Kristi Hester, of the Riverside District Attorney’s Office (California), reviewed the National Protocol for Sexual Abuse Medical Forensic Examinations: Pediatric( Pediatric SAFE Protocol) on behalf of the NBPA.  The United States Department of Justice (USDOJ), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), in partnership with the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) created these protocols to supplement the National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations: Adults/Adolescents 2nd ed., by specifically addressing the needs of the prepubescent child that has experienced sexual abuse. You may review the protocols here

NBPA Chi Roundtable

The NBPA Chicago Chapter hosted a Supervisor Roundtable and a panel discussion entitled “Road to the Robe”.

Will Jorden, Southern Regional Director, has created a Junior DA program for students in Baton Rouge.

Southeast Pennsylvania (SEPA) Chapter Member Jerry Johnson has been selected as a 2016 Fellow for the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute’s (NAGTRI) International Fellows Program.

We regret to inform you of the passing of Zeke Jennings from the US Virgin Islands. Mr. Jennings worked at the Department of Justice, and was instrumental in the organization of the only NBPA conference held in the US Virgin Islands. He will be missed.

Congratulations to NBPA member Diane McFarlane on her promotion to Eligibility and Planning Officer of the Paratransit Division of New York City Transit (MTA).

Congratulations to former Brooklyn ADA Paul Bromley on his new position as Agency Attorney in the Office of General Counsel for The New York City Department of Education

Congratulations to Former Southeast Regional Director Kiesha Storey, who has been appointed by the Georgia Governor Nathan Deal as a Judge in the DeKalb County State Court, Traffic Division! We are so proud of you, and wish you all the best!

Immediate Past President Bruce Terry Brown was quoted in The Guardian on the need for more African American attorneys.  See his comments here.

Congratulations to United States Attorney from the Western District of Tennessee Ed Stanton III, who has been nominated by President Obama to serve as a Federal Judge in the Western District of Tennessee.

NBPA Past President Wayne McKenzie featured as part of a New York City Department of Probation Youth Anti-Violence Summit.

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