Jennifer Richardson, Esq.
Jennifer Richardson, Esq.
I am excited to serve as the president of the Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association for the 2017-2018 term. As President, one of my goals will be to
encourage and foster diversity on the bench, particularly people of color. This
year the Capital District Black & Hispanic Bar Association, in conjunction with the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission and other bar associations, held our first free CLE during the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus weekend with the hope of educating lawyers of color on the various pathways and rules related to becoming a judge.
In furtherance of that mission, we are presented the 2017 Peter M. Pryor Pioneer Award to the Honorable Rowan D. Wilson. Peter Pryor, the first African American to graduate from Albany Law School since Reconstruction, who spent his legal career representing the poor and victims
I appreciate the support and hard work of our officers and board of directors. We are all committed to the goals of this organization to promote diversity in the legal profession and the judiciary. We continue to work successfully with Albany Law School and with the BALSA and LALSA to mentor law students and newly admitted attorneys. We hope this website helps us to continue to expand our member base, inform the public of our mission and events, enhance our work with other local bar associations and collaboration with other minority bar associations.
Our organization is committed to promoting diversity in the legal profession and the judiciary and with your help, we can accomplish our goals.
There are approximately one hundred Black and Hispanic attorneys in the Capital District, including several judges from federal and state or city courts. Most Black and Hispanic members of the bar in the Capital District work as attorneys in the public sector; fewer than ten percent are employed in private law firms. After several years of inactivity, the CDBHBA was restarted, renamed and merged by an initial board of local Black and Hispanic attorneys, including U.S. Magistrate Judge Randolph Treece, with the assistance of Nixon Peabody LLP. Our current membership consists of attorneys in private practice, attorneys in the public sector as well as public interest attorneys and judges.
The objectives of the CDBHBA are as follows:
Events: Upcoming & Past
Albany County Bar Association Installation of Judge Ryba as President 5:30 pm
Albany County Bar Association Installation of Judge Ryba as President @ Albany County Courthouse
Jan 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm