As President Barack Obama once said, “[c]hange will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Following the path set by our past presidents, board members, committee members and many of our trailblazers, the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (“MBLA”) welcomes you to join our organization and continue to effect change throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond.

The MBLA is now accepting applications for officer, director, and board committee leadership positions for 2020-2021.  An election packet containing application forms and information about available positions can be found here.

Applications for officer and director positions are due by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, April 10, 2020. Prospective candidates should submit application materials via email to and

We are also recruiting members to serve on board committees.  Interested members should submit an application as soon as possible.  Committees will begin work in May 2020. This is your opportunity to work in a limited capacity on a committee and help shape our signature programs, as well as work on new and innovative programming.

Please note that you must be a current member of the MBLA to participate in this election.  Memberships expire every year on March 31st.  Please click here to renew your membership to ensure that you will be eligible to run or vote in this election.

With the emergence of COVID-19, the world is faced with a myriad of challenges and it is our duty to safeguard our laws, hold each other accountable and stay safe. To that end, the MBLA continues to monitor and follow recommendations from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and federal and state public health officials. In the coming weeks, we will provide more guidance about our Annual Meeting scheduled for April 21, 2020, including how to participate virtually and through proxy votes.

We encourage our members to remain vigilant and remember that in the coming months, our collective knowledge will be needed in these challenging times ahead, especially as financial disparities and racial discrimination/targeting spike.

Stay well. Stay safe. Stay connected.

MBLA President-Elect

Stesha A. Emmanuel