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Mailing Address

P.O. Box 5252
Albany, NY 12205
c/o Patricia L. R. Rodriguez , Esq.

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Letter from the President

Patricia L. R. Rodriguez, Esq.

I am pleased to serve as the president of the Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association for the 2015-2016 term. I appreciate the support and hard work of our officers and board of directors. We are committed to the goals of this organization to promote diversity in the legal profession and the judiciary. One of the initiatives of the organization is to create a functional web site that can pass on important information about our activities and other events and topics of interest to the legal profession.

We hope to continue to expand our member base, work with other local bar associations and collaborate with other minority bar associations to present programs of interest to our members and to the community. We have worked successfully with Albany Law School and with the BALSA and LALSA to mentor law students and newly admitted attorneys. Our annual reception honored Judge Michael Garcia of the New York State Court of Appeals. That event was very well attended and we were happy to bestow upon Judge Garcia, the Peter Pryor Pioneer Award, which was created in honor of Peter Pryor, one of the first African American graduates of Albany Law School who took on the controversial issues of the time with dignity and grace.

These are challenging times for our community and the country as a whole. Our organization is committed to promoting diversity in the legal profession and the judiciary and with your help, we can accomplish our goals.

Founding Objectives


Year of Inception


Current Membership


% in Public Sector


% in Private Sector

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:

  • To promote an increase in racial and ethnic diversity at all levels of the legal profession in the Capital District (Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady counties and surrounding areas) for the benefit of Black, Hispanic, and other attorneys of color and the entire legal profession;
  • To create awareness in the legal profession about the value of racial and ethnic diversity and the need for full equal employment of racial and ethnic attorneys of color at every level and in every sector;
  • To assist in the adequate preparation of Blacks, Hispanics, and other students of color as they pursue a legal career;
  • To promote an increase in the number of Black, Hispanic, and other students of color who attend and graduate from law school;
  • To assist Black, Hispanic, and other students of color to pass the bar examination;
  • To encourage the recruitment of Black, Hispanic, and other attorneys of color within the public and private sectors of the legal profession;
  • To foster an increase in the retention and advancement of Black, Hispanic, and other attorneys of color in private law firms and in corporations with in-house legal departments in the Capital District;
  • To work collaboratively with other bar associations, governmental agencies, and community groups to achieve greater understanding of and involvement of Blacks, Hispanics, and other people of color in the American legal system and here in the Capital District at the federal, state, and local levels;
  • To work with other organizations to pursue the interest of justice within all communities, but particularly the communities of color within the Capital District;
  • To promote diversity within the judiciary at all levels.

Events: Upcoming & Past

Associations & Resources


Formed in the early 1980’s by Bernard Bryan and Randy Treece . . .

The Peter M. Pryor Pioneer Award was created in 2015 to honor . . .

Meet the individuals that make the CDBHBA possible . . .