THE NATIONAL BLACK PROSECUTORS ASSOCIATION
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.
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.
JUDGE DAMON J. KEITH was one of the greatest jurists of our time.
He authored landmark rulings on American civil liberties in the Detroit area and the Sixth Circuit establishing precedence for the United States at large. He made it his business to stand up for what was just.
As a senior United States Circuit Court Judge in the Sixth Circuit, he made sure his voice would be heard over the last 50 years on the federal bench. Justice knew Judge Keith quite well. As a pillar of justice, Wayne State opened the Damon Keith Center for Civil Rights in 2011.
He was one of the first and longest serving black judges in the nation. He served under 10 presidents. His legacy will live on in many ways, but I am happy that my son and I will carry on Judge Keith’s name and we will keep his valuable wisdom with us at all times.
Rest in heaven peacefully, Judge.
Damon Keith Griffin, Sr.
Great sources about Judge Keith’s life:
McAboy, Koco. Click on Detroit April 28, 2019
Albom, Mitch. Detroit Free Press https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.freep.com/amp/3611641002
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It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that we announce the passing of, J. Patricia Wilson Smoot.
Patricia began her career as a prosecutor in June 1994. Under Eric Holder, Patricia served as an Assistant United States Attorney until November 2002. In that post, she served as a trial attorney, deputy chief of the misdemeanor section, senior attorney of the sex offense division, and eventually director of professional development.
In December 2002, Patricia became Deputy State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County, where she oversaw the Juvenile and District Court Divisions, the Domestic Violence Unit, and the Sex Offense and Child Abuse Unit.
Patricia joined the United States Parole Commission (USPC) in November 2010. She was appointed by President Barak Obama to serve as Chairperson of the Commission in 2015. As Chairperson, Patricia worked to establish the USPC Mental Health Docket, which provides non-violent criminal offenders who have mental health disorders with an alternative to incarceration. The program offers mentoring services, job training, and patient treatment opportunities.
Patricia obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology with a concentration in Legal Studies from Bucknell University. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America.
Known by her NBPA family as “Trish” or “Smootie Smoot”. Trish was a gracious advocate, and was well respected in the legal community. Aside from her professional accomplishments, she also was responsible for mentoring attorneys and women in law enforcement. “Smootie Smoot” was often the life of the party. She served the NBPA admirably as the Eastern Regional Director, under past president Bruce Brown. She also frequently served as our “Social Director.” Her expressive faces, beaming smile, and infectious laugh made her a hit with everyone she met. Always down for a good time and a good laugh, “Smootie Smoot” demanded that all around her were having a good time as well. She would not allow anyone to be a stranger, but instead welcomed everyone into the NBPA family. Cut from a different cloth, she is gone too soon and will be sorely missed.
In addition to her stellar career, Patricia was beloved by her family and friends. She was known for her kind and bubbly personality, and her desire to offer mentorship to those in need. She is survived by her husband, son, and daughter. We offer them our love and prayers throughout this difficult time.
A celebration of her life will take place in the following fashion:
Congratulations to the NBPA’s newly elected President, Keith Lamar!
Congratulations to our newly elected 2018-2019 Board!
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.
A member of NBPA Memphis Chapter has passed
Darryl worked with us tirelessly to recruit and train upcoming prosecutors. On Saturday morning (4/14/18) he passed in Cleveland, Ohio, his home town where he met with many of you when he attended our last NPBA conference. He was given the Lifetime Achievement Award recently in February 2018. Thanks for your continued prayers for his family.
It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of our dear member and stalwart in the NBPA community, Darryl A. Stewart.
Darryl was a retired AUSA for the Middle District of Tennessee and was a friend and mentor to us all. His achievements were most recently honored by the Napier-Looby Bar Foundation. Darryl’s biography for the Z. Alexander Looby Lifetime Achievement Award is attached.
For those who are able, the Celebration of Life Service will be held this Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 1:30 pm at the Fisk University Chapel, 1000 17th Ave. N., Nashville, TN.
Click to download the NBPA’s Proclamation declaring April 14, The Darryl A. Stewart Day of Service, Mentorship, and Fun.
Feel free to share your memories or express condolences at http://www.brown-forward.com/obituaries/Darryl-Stewart-2/#!/Obituary
Read the Tennessee Tribune article here.
NBPA Statement on Philando Castile
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.
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
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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