Thurgood Marshall Bar Association (TMBA) was founded in 2012. TMBA is a contemporary bar association committed to connect, support, and increase the Black legal community in Orange County. TMBA strives to promote diversity, professional improvement, and the advancement of justice through positive community involvement and excellence in the practice of law for the Black legal community, allies, and the community at large. Everyone is welcomed to join and encouraged to support TMBA.
The leadership of the organization consists of fourteen dedicated Board Members who have volunteered their time to support TMBA’s Mission while at the same time leading active careers in various sectors of our legal community. It is with the sincerest gratitude that we thank our 2019-2020 Board Members for their service, including Board Members Yemi Adeyanju, Daniel Alexander, Denise Carter, Porsche Clarke, Justin Cruz, Lakeisha Dorsey, Desirae Hutchison, Michael Gregg, Christyn Richardson, Akhil Sheth, Rebekah Thomas, Hollie Washington, Brooke Weitzman, and Caylin Young. In addition, we have four committee members who have volunteered to serve this year including Michele Bell, Andre Clark, Lisa Hurns, and Sakeenah Redmond.
TMBA hosted its second annual Installation Dinner and Awards Ceremony on January 19, 2019. On this night, we were able to give out scholarships worth triple the amount given in the previous year due to the wonderful support of our sponsors. In addition, we will be offering bar scholarships to second-time bar takers for the first time in our organizational history! We would like to thank everyone who was able to attend, sponsor, and support this event, including our spectacular platinum sponsors Crowell & Moring and Torklaw; our gold sponsor Carothers, DiSante, & Freudenberger; our silver sponsor Littler Mendelson; and our bronze sponsor Robinson Calcagnie, Inc. We would also like to congratulate all of our award recipients, including Judge Erithe A. Smith (Judge Karen L. Robinson Legal Excellence Award), John Gibson (Attorney of the Year Award), and Christ Our Redeemer A.M.E. Church (Community Organization of the Year Award), and Law Student Ambassadors (Oluwatobi Agbelemose, Dominique Cavalier, and Erika Cervantes).
TMBA has many things planned for the remainder of the year. We have already started our free legal clinic, which will run every quarter. We will continue our legal justice series that began last year with a race and policing discussion. Additionally, we will facilitate law school talks to help students build meaningful connections with attorneys here in Orange County. There will be several other social and educational networking events and volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
Please get in touch with us at thurgoodmarshallbarassociation.org if you would like to get involved with TMBA and support any of these events.
For more information about upcoming events, visit www.thurgoodmarshallbarassociation.org.