THE NATIONAL BLACK PROSECUTORS ASSOCIATION

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.

Advisory: Prosecutors to Host Panel on Civil Liberties July 20th at National Black Prosecutors Association’s Annual Conference

Panel will feature speakers from the ACLU of Florida and the Color of Change

MIAMI, FL – The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) will host a panel discussion named “The Importance of Civil Liberties for Prosecutors”, featuring speakers from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida and Color of Change during the NBPA’s 34th Annual Conference and Job Fair. The panel will take place on Thursday, July 20 from 2:00 – 3:30pm, at the Westin Downtown Cleveland.

Focusing on providing education and leadership in the legal profession, the panel will discuss the responsibility of prosecutors to defend civil liberties and its role in reforming the criminal justice system. Melba Pearson, NBPA’s Immediate Past President and Deputy Director of the ACLU of Florida, will be moderating the panel.

The Importance of Civil Liberties for Prosecutors
Panel discussion at 2017 NBPA Annual Conference and Job Fair
Thursday, July 20, 2:00-3:30pm
Westin Downtown Cleveland

Moderator: Melba Pearson, ACLU of Florida deputy director and immediate past NBPA president

Panelists: Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color of Change; Professor David Harris, University of Pittsburgh School of Law; Consultant Whitney Tymas; Ian Friedman of Friedman and Nemecek LLC, and volunteer attorney for the ACLU of Ohio.

“I hope for us to have a robust discussion regarding some of the biggest challenges facing our country and our criminal justice system today,” said Pearson. “The role of the prosecutor of color as an agent of change continues to be critical now more than ever.”

“The dialogue between communities and their prosecutors is essential,” stated Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color of Change and featured panelist. “Though far too few, we applaud the prosecutors across the country who are finally putting an end to the racially-biased and discredited policies that largely define our criminal justice system today.”

“Laws are ever changing and justice isn’t one size fits all,” stated William Jorden, National President of the NBPA. “Therefore, a deeper understanding of personal freedoms is paramount to what a prosecutor does daily,”

For further information, please contact Melba V. Pearson, Immediate Past President, at 305.491.2404. To learn more about the NBPA, please visit www.blackprosecutors.org

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The National Black Prosecutors Association is the only professional membership organization dedicated to the advancement of prosecutors of color. Founded in 1983, the Association’s membership is comprised of over 800 prosecutors nationwide. It includes both elected and line prosecutors nationwide. In addition to prosecutors, the association’s membership includes law students, former prosecutors, members of the judiciary and law enforcement personnel.

National Black Prosecutors Association to Host Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Forum in Cleveland

Chicago, IL – June 28, 2017 – The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) will host its first Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Forum on Thursday, July 20, as part of its 34th Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men over the course of one year. This daylong Forum is geared towards addressing domestic violence and sexual assault issues in the corporate arena.  Given the recent high profile sexual harassment cases, the Forum is specifically designed for corporations to help them address DV policy implementation and provide techniques to maintain a successful program. The Forum will feature speakers from the judicial sector, the private sector, government agencies, and legal organizations.

“Statistics from the CDC show that one in four women and one in seven men aged 18 and older have been a victim of physical violence by their intimate partner,” said Deborah LaTouche, organizer of the Forum. “As legal professionals, we have an obligation to be educated as much as possible on the impacts of domestic violence and sexual assault. As good community stewards, we can also educate individuals on prevention and if necessary, where they can seek help.”

The program will include panel discussions on workplace stalking, sexual harassment in the workplace and the various aspects of abuse. General sessions will cover raising awareness, educating, and equipping organizations with the tools to address issues of intimate partner violence. The day will end with case study sessions designed to discuss and create solutions for different organizational cultures.

Registration for the forum is $75. A networking breakfast and lunch is included. Learn more here or buy tickets now using PayPal.

LaTricia Woods, latricia@mahoganyxan.com

Phone: 480-374-1908

NBPA Statement on Philando Castile

Last week, a jury in Minnesota acquitted Officer Jeronimo Yanez in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile. That decision has left a nation sadden and in search of answers. Our country is at a crossroads as we grapple with incident after incident that compels us to seek justice and appropriate resolution. As public servants, the members of the National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) will continue to work for social change and criminal justice reform to combat a structure that disproportionately affects one group of people over another. As citizens, we need to fight for a transparent system and be active in our legislative and judicial processes. Together, our communities must continue to work for a system that works actively and diligently to provide justice for all.

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 Melbapearsonesq@gmail.com

IN MEMORIAM

FIRST BLACK WOMAN APPOINTED TO THE COURT OF APPEALS, NEW YORK’S HIGHEST COURT, DIED SUDDENLY, LEAVING NEW YORKERS SHOCKED

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

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.

NBPA FIGHTS IMPLICIT BIAS

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)

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!

 Click here for details.

THE 33RD ANNUAL NBPA CONFERENCE & JOB FAIR – JULY 10-16, 2016

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

http://www.wbrz.com/videos/students-have-real-talk-with-law-enforcement/

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