Jamaican-American leads Metropolitan Black Bar Association in New York | New
NEW YORK (CMC) – The Metropolitan Black Bar Association, a unified association of black lawyers and other minorities in New York State, United States, announced the start of the term of its Jamaican-American President Carl Forbes Jr.
Forbes, a resident of Brooklyn, New York, has been a member of the group since 2011 and has served on its board of directors for five years.
Forbes most recently served as president-elect under outgoing president Anta Cissé-Green, in addition to serving as co-chairman of the Solo and Small Firm division, from July 2020 to June 2022.
Forbes is the founder and principal attorney of Carl Forbes Jr. Law Firm PLLC, a New York City boutique law firm focused on real estate, estate planning, estate and estate administration, and real estate litigation. . He is also an experienced real estate investor and licensed real estate broker.
Forbes is also Of Counsel to Hamilton Clarke, LLP, a litigation firm in New York.
“It is a tremendous honor and privilege to serve as president of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the largest predominantly black bar association in New York State,” Forbes told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC ). “I welcome and congratulate our newly elected officers and trustees, with whom I and the re-elected trustees look forward to working closely together to serve our members and the community.
“My administration looks forward to continuing the mission of the MBBA (Metropolitan Black Bar Association) to advance equality and excellence in the pursuit of justice,” he added. “From Buffalo to Uvalde, and far too many places in between, hatred has been allowed to fester and cause horrific tragedies. It is time for that to change.
“Although the federal government has been slow to act, we cannot be discouraged and must continue to push for change,” Forbes continued. “Our roles as advocates and leaders demand that we stand up for social justice and an end to mass gun violence.
“We must continue the fight for the rule of law and the search for justice,” he said. “Our fight is fueled by the hope given to us every day when a monumental feat is accomplished: the historic confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States; the long-awaited passage of the Emmett Till anti-lynching law; recognition of June 19 as a federal holiday; the convictions of the three men who committed a racist hate crime when they murdered Ahmaud Arbery; the conviction of the police officer who murdered George Floyd; and the appearance of three black female judges, Associate Judge Wavny Toussaint (born in Trinidad and Tobago), Associate Judge Chereé Antoinette Buggs and Presiding Judge Michelle Weston (Trinidadian-American), on a bench to hear together Cases in the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Term, Second Judicial Department.
Even so, Forbes said black Americans face “a cruel reality rooted in systemic oppression: We remain the targets of unjust policing and incarceration, are subject to racial disparities in health care and have yet to achieve the economic equity promised by the American dream.
He said his theme for this year of the bar is “Broadening Our Reach”, which, he said, “we will achieve by improving the resources and education we provide to our members, expanding our advocacy in matters of legislative and public policy, deepening our service to the community, and protecting our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health.
Forbes, born in Brooklyn, studied at Binghamton University. He earned his JD from Columbia Law School.
The Metropolitan Black Bar Association is the largest predominantly black bar association in New York State whose purpose is to advance equality and excellence in the pursuit of justice, to assist the advancement of black and other people of color in the profession.