Committees

Communications

I am Leslie Swain

Communications

I am Okwede Okho

Communications

I am Taaj Reaves

Communications

Leslie Swain

Communications

Okwede Okho

Communications

Taaj Reaves

Communications

We're responsible for keep our members abreast of the happenings in our legal community and beyond—enabling them to stay connected, network, volunteer and enhance their personal and professional growth. Stay up to date with our weekly announcements, follow us on social media, and share our events. Want to join our Communications Committee? Email us and get involved so we can continue to evolve! Do you have a job opportunity to share? Let us know at:communications@abwanewyork.org.

Community Service

I am Natasha Fortune

Co- chairs of Community Service

I am Renee Williams

Co- chairs of Community Service

Natasha Fortune

Co- chairs of Community Service

Renee Williams

Co- chairs of Community Service

We aim to partner with stakeholders so that together we may effect change. The Community Service Committee is responsible for bridging the gap between the public and ABWA members through programs designed to give back to our community. The Community Service Committee has organized many programs, such as a Holiday Clothing Drive and Mixer, as well as a Legal Workshop, with Bottomless Closet, Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) walk and fundraiser, food preparation with the Bowery Mission, a Suites and Separates Clothing Drive to benefit Dress for Success, and a Career Day for middle school students at P.S. 183. ABWA Community Service Committee members are excited to continue existing relationships while developing new ones in our community as we strive to fulfill ABWA’s mission of “Lifting as we Rise.”

Operations

I am Marissa John

Operations

I am Trecia Johnson

Operations

Marissa John

Operations

Trecia Johnson

Operations

The Operations Committee is responsible for ensuring the smooth functioning of the Association by managing logistics for the ABWA website and other behind-the-scenes activities. Have a photo you would like to share in ABWA’s photo gallery? Email us at abwagroup@gmail.com!”

Legislative

I am Joyce Ellie

Legislative

I am Asha Smith

Legislative

Joyce Ellie

Legislative

Asha Smith

Legislative

Legislative Committee is responsible for monitoring legislation and public policy of interest that affects the African American community, women, and the legal profession. The Committee is responsible for advocacy before local and state governmental bodies on issues of interest to our membership. Special emphasis is given to the need to promote greater diversity in the judiciary. The Committee is also responsible for developing ties to local legislators and political leaders and keeping them informed of ABWA’s activities and viewpoints.

Membership

I am Allison Hobbs

Membership

I am Marissa John

Membership

Allison Hobbs

Membership

Marissa John

Membership

The ABWA membership committee oversees all aspects of membership including but not limited to outreach, retention, expansion, and support. Our goal is to ensure all ABWA members have the resources necessary to tap into ABWA's unique network of accomplished individuals.

Programing

I am Tanya N. Blocker

Co-Chair of Programs

I am Jennifer Taiwo

Co-Chair of Programs

I am Efe Ukala

Co-Chair of Programs

I am Pia Wood

Co-Chair of Programs

Tanya N. Blocker

Co-Chair of Programs

Jennifer Taiwo

Co-Chair of Programs

Efe Ukala

Co-Chair of Programs

Pia Wood

Co-Chair of Programs

The Programs Committee works seamlessly with each of the Committees to host programs throughout the Bar Year. We are committed to delivering impactful programs to our members and supporters.

Scholarship and Outreach

I am Angela Christmas

Scholarship and Outreach

I am Norma Lopez

Scholarship and Outreach

I am Nneka Martin

Scholarship and Outreach

I am Monsurat Adebanjo

Scholarship and Outreach

I am Turquoise Haskin

Scholarship and Outreach

Angela Christmas

Scholarship and Outreach

Norma Lopez

Scholarship and Outreach

Nneka Martin

Scholarship and Outreach


Monsurat Adebanjo

Scholarship and Outreach

Turquoise Haskin

Scholarship and Outreach

The Scholarship Committee reviews scholarship applications from law students in the New York and Tri-State region for the Ruth Whitehead Whaley Scholarhip. The Committee selects the top candidates based on a variety of criteria and generally awards a $3,000 scholarship to two deserving students at ABWA’s annual Gala or Luncheon. The Committee also assists the Board in raising scholarship funds.

Chief of Staff

I am Selitta Legrand

Chief Of Staff

Selitta Legrand

Chief Of Staff