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The Metropolitan Black Bar Association Scholarship Fund


Deadline Date: Apr 1st, 2016
Posted Date: Sep 21st, 2011


The Metropolitan Black Bar Association
The purpose of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA), a unified citywide association of African-American and other minority lawyers, is to advance equality and excellence in the pursuit of justice, aid the progress of blacks and other minorities in the profession, address legal issues affecting the citywide community, and foster the study of law by encouraging the personal and professional development of young lawyers and law students. Founded on July 5, 1984, the Metropolitan Black Bar Association was created from the merger of the Harlem Lawyers Association, founded in 1921, and the Bedford Stuyvesant Lawyers Association, founded in 1933. As one of the largest organizations of black attorneys in New York State, the MBBA continues the rich legacy of its two predecessor organizations by providing a voice for black legal professionals in the communities it serves. Today, the MBBA is comprised of mostly minority attorneys in large and small law firms, solo practitioners, all levels of government, academia, corporations, financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations and the judiciary. To learn more, visit www.mbbanyc.org.

Deadline: April 1, 2016

Award: (3) $2,500 scholarships

The Honorable George Bundy Smith: The MBBA Scholarship Fund is named after the Honorable George Bundy Smith, who has served on the MBBA Board and founded its original scholarship fund. Appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo, Judge Smith served on the New York State Court of Appeals from 1992 to 2006. He also served as a judge on the Civil Court of New York City from 1975-1986 and as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of New York from 1987-1992. Currently a law professor at Fordham Law School, Judge Smith is a former Freedom Rider and a graduate of Yale University (B.A. 1959), where he was just one of three African Americans in his class, and Yale Law School (LL. 1962). He also has a Ph.D from New York University and an LL.M from University of Virginia School of Law.

The Honorable Theodore Jones: Judge Jones received a B.A. in History and Political Science in 1965, then served in Vietnam with the US Army from 1967-69, obtaining the rank of captain, before attending St. John’s University School of Law. After graduation, he worked as a Criminal Defense Attorney with the Legal Aid Society, and then as a Law Secretary to Justice Howard A. Jones (no relation) at the New York State Court of Claims, before entering private practice in his hometown of Brooklyn. In 1990, he was elected as a Judge to the New York Supreme Court, where he presided over numerous trials, including the 2005 New York City transit strike case. In 2006, Judge Jones was appointed to New York State’s Court of Appeals, where he served until his premature passing in 2012. He was a Board Member of the MBBA and the Vice President of the Bedford Stuyvesant Bar Association, a predecessor of the MBBA.

Shirley Stewart Farmer
: Shirley Stewart Farmer is the first president of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association. Born and raised in Chicago, she was first drawn to the arts, studying dance, music, voice and acting before turning to the law. After receiving a B.S. in English from Illinois Institute of Technology, Ms. Farmer obtained a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, now a division of IIT. In New York she practiced law for about 12 years, including as an associate at Delson & Gordon, Associate Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of HRA, and then as a solo practitioner, a position she continues to maintain today. While at Delson & Gordon, she organized the Mid-Manhattan Branch of the NAACP under her then employer, Max Delson, the branch’s first President. In 1984, she did the legal work to consolidate the Harlem Lawyers Association and the Bedford Stuyvesant Lawyers Association to form the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.

James L. Lipscomb: In a career spanning 38 years with MetLife, Inc., James L. Lipscomb retired as Executive Vice President and General Counsel where he oversaw the Legal Affairs group with responsibility for the global operation of the MetLife Law, Government and Industry Relations and Compliance Departments and also provided advice to MetLife Management and its Board of Directors. Mr. Lipscomb launched unprecedented and trailblazing diversity initiatives that served as templates for all of MetLife as well as in other major companies. He was named to Inside Counsel Magazine’s 2006 list of the top 50 most influential in-house counsel in North America, and in 2009, received the National Bar Association’s Heman Marion Sweatt Award for outstanding achievement. Other positions Mr. Lipscomb has held at MetLife include Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Conning Corporation, head of the Corporate Planning and Strategy Department and Senior Vice President in MetLife’s Real Estate Investments Department. He holds a B.A. from Howard University, a J.D. from Columbia University Law School and a LL.M. (Corporations) from New York University.

Eligibility: The competition is open to all students—both full and part-time J.D. candidates and LL.M. candidates—attending eligible law schools. “Eligible” law schools mean all accredited law schools within New York City limits. Students are permitted to apply to more than one of the offered scholarships. If a student elects to do so, he/she must submit entirely separate application packages for each scholarship. Students may be selected for only one scholarship.

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