TMBA Statement Updated January 2022
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 and inclusion, 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 Orange County legal community at large. Everyone is welcome to join and encouraged to support TMBA.
TMBA’s leadership team includes seventeen dedicated Board Members and Officers who have volunteered their time, resources and talents to support TMBA’s mission while at the same time leading active careers in various sectors of our legal community. We are sincerely grateful for our 2021 servant leaders who include: Yemi Adeyanju, Denise Carter, Porsche Clarke, Errol Cook, Lance Cotton, Lakeshia Dorsey, David Griffith, Lisa Hurns, Melonie Jordan, Biola Macaulay, Melissa Padilla, Sakeenah Redmond, Rebekah Thomas, Ashley Turner, Honieh Udenka, Hollie Washington, and Brooke Weitzman.
Since the beginning of the year, we have been planning intentional and strategic events to further TMBA’s mission and this year’s theme—Reconnect. Reinvest. Rebuild! Between the lingering effects of the pandemic and the continued social unrest surrounding the elections, 2021 proved to have a rocky start. With that framework, our goal is to be intentional about the content and message to our membership. As a result, we wanted to take our time and get started on programming for the year. Our 4th Annual Awards & Installation Gala was a virtual fundraiser this year and was held on February 28th. This is our biggest fundraiser for the year and our supporters showed up for us in a big way. We have been able to raise over $30,000 for the newly formed Thurgood Marshall Bar Association Foundation.
We are continuing our mission to serve Black law students through scholarships and our new summer internship program. This summer, we will be working with partner employers to host our first class of associates. We will also be expanding our scholarship opportunities to include high school and community college students. We are working diligently on a partnership with Santa Ana College and their pathway to law school programs.
Also this year, for the first time, we will have quarterly general body meetings with raffles and giveaways! We want to get to know each of you, so expect a call from our Vice-President or myself within the coming weeks.
Lastly, be on the lookout for a revamped website that includes more information about the Foundation. We can’t wait to Reconnect, Reinvest, and Rebuild with each of you. I am incredibly proud of the hard work of each of our board members. Stay tuned for future TMBA events and visit www.thurgoodmarshallbarassociation.org to join TMBA today.
For more information about upcoming events, visit www.thurgoodmarshallbarassociation.org.