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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

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.

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

Upcoming at CDBHBA

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
CLE: Everything You Need to Know About Becoming a Judge
Pathways To The Judiciary & Related Ethical Issues 3:30 pm
Pathways To The Judiciary & Related Ethical Issues
Feb 17 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Copy of Caucus Judge CLE Flyer (1) (002)Panel and CLE Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 3:30 PM Panelists Honorable Claudia Daniels-DePeyster Honorable Teneka Frost Honorable Marsha Michael Honorable Dweynie Paul Honorable Joanne Quinones Honorable Jenny Rivera Honorable Christina Ryba Honorable Derrek Thomas Former Magistrate Judge...

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 . . .