A Jamaican-American leads the Metropolitan Black Bar Association in New York State

Jamaican American Carl Forbes Jr. has begun his new role as president of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA), a group of black and other minority lawyers in New York State. A resident of Brooklyn, Forbes has been a member of the association since 2011 and a member of the board of directors since 2017. Prior to assuming the presidency, Forbes served as president-elect under outgoing president Anta Cissé-Green and served as the co-chair of the Division of solos and small cabinets from July 2020 to June 2022.

Carl Forbes Jr. was born in Brooklyn and attended Binghamton University. He received his law degree from Columbia Law School. He is the founder and principal attorney of Carl Forbes, Jr., Law Firm PLLC, a New York-based boutique firm that focuses on real estate, estate planning, real estate litigation, estates and estate administration. estates. Forbes also has experience as a licensed real estate broker and real estate investor. He is Of Counsel with Hamilton Clarke, LLP, another New York City boutique litigation firm.

Upon assuming his new role, Forbes said it was an honor and a privilege to serve as president of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the largest black majority bar association in the state. In an interview with the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), Forbes welcomed and congratulated the association’s newly elected directors and officers and said he and the returning directors looked forward to working together to serve the interests of members. of the group and the community.

Forbes added that his administration looks forward to continuing the association’s mission to “advance equality and excellence in the pursuit of justice.” He noted that “hate has been allowed to fester” in too many places and cause too much tragedy, a situation that needs to change. While the federal government hasn’t moved quickly to change things, groups like the MBBA must continue to push for change. As advocates and leaders, members of the group must advocate for social justice and work to end mass gun violence.

He noted as positive changes the historic confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first black woman to be appointed to the United States Supreme Court, the enactment of the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, the recognition of Juneteenth as a federal holiday and the convictions of those who committed racially motivated hate crimes in the cases of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, and the fact that there are now three black female justices on the bench of the New York Supreme Court , term of appeal, second judicial department. Forbes said lawyers must continue to fight for the rule of law, fueling the effort with the hope that arises when such monumental feats are accomplished. However, he also said that black Americans continue to face cruel systemic oppression and are the targets of “unjust policing and incarceration” as well as racial health disparities and have yet to realize economic equity in America.

The theme for the 2022 Bar Year is “Broadening Our Reach,” he said, which will be accomplished by improving the resources and education provided to MBBA members, expanding advocacy in legislative guidance and public, expanding community service and protecting members. ‘ mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health.

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