The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) seeks the support of current or former prosecutors to provide technical expertise to relevant, ongoing and future international programs as part of the ABA ROLI Pro Bono Legal Specialist Program.

ABA ROLI represents the international development wing of the American Bar Association, and seeks to promote justice, economic opportunity and human dignity through the rule of law in developing countries.  Since 1990 more than 5,000 volunteers—judges, attorneys, law professors and legal specialists—have contributed more than $200 million in pro bono assistance to promoting the rule of law throughout the world.  The pro bono support of prosecutors, in particular, has been invaluable to the implementation of ABA ROLI programs geared towards prosecutorial education, justice sector capacity-building, and other thematic program areas.

In order to capture and retain the contact information and professional profiles of interested attorneys, we have designed this survey specifically for current or former prosecutors, with at least five years of practical experience, to assist us in matching a skill set with a specific assignment.  There are a few things to keep in mind, however, before completing this survey.  Firstly, pro bono opportunities are very specialized, and limited in number.  Interested candidates will undergo an interview process to be considered for a given assignment, as openings occur.  Completion of this survey does not, therefore, result in an immediate assignment.   Secondly, ABA ROLI’s need for certain expertise may materialize on short notice, so you may be contacted with an urgent request for an assignment.  Thirdly, this information will be kept entirely confidential and stored in ABA ROLI’s secure Experts Database.  Participants will be contacted in the event that there is an opening that they could be well-suited for.

Take the ABA ROLI Prosecutors Survey: https://americanbar.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8lauZ90DWAgvw21

To learn more about the ABA ROLI Pro Bono Legal Specialist Program, including information on the benefits package, please visithttp://www.americanbar.org/advocacy/rule_of_law/opportunities/legal_specialists.html.  Any specific questions or inquiries can be directed to jobs@americanbar.org.

After High-Profile Shootings, Blacks Seek Prosecutor Seats

NOV. 5, 2016

NBPA’s newly elected President William Jorden

William Jorden

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

How the DOJ is working with police departments to heal the nation

By Kenyen Brown, United States Attorney, Southern District of Alabama

Article written by Immediate Past President Melba Pearson on life as a prosecutor of color featured in Vice.com

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?

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.

Rob Capers

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

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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