President's Message

Hi TMBA Family,

I hope you all are staying cool, but getting out and about to enjoy quality time with family and friends (and just enjoying not being in the house)!  June was a busy month as we celebrated Juneteenth, our Summer Associates began their six to eight week legal placements and we fellowshipped with our Summer Associates, Program Partners and TMBA members on our Midsummer Social Cruise (keep reading for more details and pictures).  In addition, TMBA Member Judge Juliet Macaulay was appointed to serve as a judge in the Orange County Superior Court and we closed out the month with the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson being sworn as the 116th Supreme Court justice.

Although we are on hiatus to recharge in July and August, TMBA is hosting an End of Summer Mixer Picnic in August (see flyer below for more information).  Hope to see you there!

In Solidarity,


Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard. ~ Colin Powell

Note: TMBA is on Hiatus in July and August

TMBA ended the Summer in style with our Midsummer Social Cruise at sunset around Newport Beach. Everyone enjoyed the views, the delicious food, and lively conversation. Go HERE to see the cruise photos. 
On June 18th, we came together to celebrate Juneteenth. Congratulations to all the honorees & scholarship recipients. And a big thank you to everyone for making this event a great success! Go HERE to our Instagram page and scroll through the videos and posts from this enjoyable afternoon. Tap HERE to see the images from the 360 photo booth. View photos from our Juneteenth Celebration HERE
TMBA, an OCBA Affiliate Bar, is featured in the July 2022 issue of Orange County Lawyer Magazine.

Read the cover story:
Who's Who in the OCBA: The Affiliate Bars.

TMBA's 2022 Summer Associate Program
TMBA’s inaugural 2022 Summer Associate Program was a big success and we are currently conducting exit interviews.  TMBA designed the Summer Associate Program to provide Black law students with substantive legal and professional experiences to support their development as attorneys.  Summer Associate Program participants are provided the opportunity to work under the guidance of Program Partners as part of a six (6) to eight (8) week, full-time program.  After successfully interviewing with TMBA and Summer Associate Program Partners, the following six law students were selected to join this year’s program: Charnell Gilchrist, Kevin Harris, Alexandra Jara, Lauren Peterkin, Omar Rizk, and Brittany Stroud.  Each student’s biography can be viewed HERE.

TMBA Summer Associates attended an orientation with Summer Associate Program Co-Chairs Melonie Jordan, Vice President, and Rebekah Thomas, Immediate Past President, who presented insightful tips to assist them in having a successful summer.  To prepare our students for the Summer Associate Program and the beginning of their legal careers, TMBA provided each student: two sets of business cards, a personalized business card holder, professional name tags, a leather briefcase, and a personalized padfolio.  In addition, students serving as Summer Associates at public interest organizations received a $3,000 stipend.

TMBA wishes to thank the following sponsors for supporting the 2022 Summer Associate Program:
  •     Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  •     Crowell & Moring LLP
  •     Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  •     Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
We have already begun planning for the 2023 TMBA  Summer Associate Program, and invite all interested employers to join us!  Our goal is to have more summer placements so that we provide practical training to more law students.  All employers, including, sole proprietors, small firms, big law, public interest and government are encouraged to become Program Partners.  More details are provided HERE
Juliet O. Macaulay has been appointed to serve as a Judge in the Orange County Superior Court.
                        Read the press release HERE. Congratulations to Judge Macaulay!
Welcome New Members:
Dimetria Jackson
Jesse H. Brown III
Leslie Estrada Flynn
Triana Henderson
Tuaku Hijarunguru

Natifah Tolbert
Davon Velasquez
Law Student Corner

TorkLaw Scholarship Opportunity

TorkLaw announces their 3rd Annual
'Upholders of Justice' Scholarship and will be rewarding two deserving students with the following scholarships:

1) $1,000 scholarship for a high school Senior who will be attending college

2) $2,500 scholarship for a college graduate pursuing their Master's degree

It is open for all 2022 graduates across the United States to apply. The deadline to apply is Sunday, August 7, 2022.
Here is the link to complete the application.

Please forward this opportunity to any graduate who might be interested!

The UCLA Voting Rights Project (UCLA VRP) seeks to sponsor rising third-year law students, judicial law clerks, and recent law school graduates for externally funded public interest law fellowships, such as the Equal Justice Fellowship, the Justice Catalyst Fellowship, and other fellowships beginning in fall 2023.

HERE to learn more and apply by August 12, 2022.
~ Tap on the flyer to RSVP ~
On June 28th, TMBA's Past President Rebekah Thomas, President-Elect Honieh Udenka, and Board Member Brooke Weitzman attended OCBA's Summer Social at The Boardwalk. The program's theme was: Celebrating Diversity - Commemorating the Inaugural Lei Lei Wang Ekvall Award. Also pictured are Yolanda Omana and Laura Luu from Community Legal Aid SoCal.
Employment Opportunities
New opportunities are posted every week (accessible only to TMBA members) on our website's job corner. Be sure and tell them you saw the listing on our website.
We Express Our Sincere Gratitude to Our Sponsors
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Our Mission Statement:
Thurgood Marshall Bar Association 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.

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