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Avana A. Epperson-Temple

President’s Message

As I step into this role as President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association for the 2024-2025 programming year, I am filled with both pride and humility. Since its inception, the MBLA has been a beacon of hope and empowerment, dedicated to fostering diversity within the legal profession and guiding law students and attorneys of color through the intricacies of our legal landscape.

Throughout its history, the MBLA has epitomized empowerment, spearheading impactful initiatives like the Attorney Referral Program that have left a lasting impression on both our members and the broader community. Additionally, the MBLA has cultivated a sense of unity and belonging among our members, forging lasting bonds over the years for many.

For this programming year, our focus will be on elevating the holistic wellbeing of our members, particularly emphasizing financial, emotional and physical wellbeing. We will provide financial literacy programming that offers strategies to navigate the significant challenge of student loan debt, empowering both our members and the larger community to continue their journey towards economic access and opportunity. Moreover, we will create programming to equip our members and the larger community with the tools to navigate stress and trauma in the workplace and prioritize their own mental and physical health. We will also implement initiatives to support our members as they navigate their legal careers and facilitate their pursuit of satisfaction and purpose in their professional endeavors.

As President, I am committed to building on the incredible legacy of our esteemed organization and advancing our mission towards advocating for a more diverse, inclusive and equitable legal community, as well as a judiciary that reflects the rich diversity of our Commonwealth.

Above all, the MBLA is here to support you. Please do not hesitate to reach out. Thank you for entrusting me with the privilege of serving as your President.

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